Afro  (Italian, 1912-1976) 

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Known simply as Afro (Italian, 1912–1976), Afro Basaldella was a painter associated with the Scuola Romana, and celebrated for his abstract paintings that synthesize the Cubist and Futurist techniques. Born in Udine, Afro began exhibiting at the age of 16, alongside his brothers Dino and Mirko, and studied Fine Art in Florence and Venice. In 1929, Afro received a scholarship from the Marangoni Arts Foundation to travel to Rome, where he became associated with artists of the Scuola Romana, such as Mario Mafai and Corrado Cagli. Afro began producing murals and experimenting with Neo-Cubism in the style of Paul Klee. After traveling to New York for the first time in 1950, Afro was influenced by the work of Abstract Expressionists, particularly Arshile Gorky, and developed his mature style. In addition to his paintings, Afro was commissioned to paint the Udine Opera House in 1936, murals for the World Exhibition in Paris in 1937, and a mural at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, titled The Garden of Hope (1958). His work is currently held in the collections of the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Rome, the Gallerie di Palazzo Leno Montanari in Vicenze, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.

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Afro, Settima stanza o Nero rovescio

 

Afro
Settima stanza o Nero rovescio, 1960
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Afro, Komposition (from Europäische Graphik III: Italienische Künstler)

 

Afro
Komposition (from Europäische Graphik III: Italienische Künstler), 1965
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Afro, Senza titolo

 

Afro
Senza titolo, 1964
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1912   Born in Udine, Italy
1928   Began exhibiting at the age of 16, alongside his brothers Dino and Mirko, and studied Fine Art in Florence and Venice
1929   Received a scholarship from the Marangoni Arts Foundation to travel to Rome, where he became associated with artists of the Scuola Romana, such as Mario Mafai and Corrado Cagli. Afro began producing murals and experimenting with Neo-Cubism in the style of Paul Klee.
1936   Commissioned to paint the Udine Opera House
1937   Commissioned to paint murals for the World Exhibition in Paris
1950   Travelled to New York for the first time
1958   Commissioned to paint a mural at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, titled The Garden of Hope
1976   Died in Zurich, Switzerland
  Known simply as Afro (Italian, 1912–1976), Afro Basaldella was a painter associated with the Scuola Romana, and celebrated for his abstract paintings that synthesize the Cubist and Futurist techniques
  Gallerie di Palazzo Leno Montanari in Vicenze
  Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York
  Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Rome