Afro (Afro Basaldella), ‘Nero II’, 1969, Koller Auctions

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Edition 44/60. Signed lower right: afro. Image 32 x 41.2 cm on vélin by Fabriano Rosaspina 50 x 64.4 cm. Published by Renzo Romero, Rome. Printed by Grafica Romero, Rome (with the blindstamp).

Image rights: Courtesy Koller Auktionen.

Catalogue raisonné: Bettini/Caini/Graziani, no. 45.

About Afro (Afro Basaldella)

The Italian painter Afro Basaldella, known simply as Afro, is best known for his calligraphic, abstract work from the 1950s. As a wave of painting called Art Informel (“formless” art, named for loose shapes and compositions lacking a central focal point) swept Europe and regional circles of modern artists proliferated, Afro joined the short-lived painters circle Gruppo degli otto (“group of eight”). Over the course of this decade, he exhibited in New York, struck up a friendship with Willem de Kooning, and drew influence from the bold style and energetic brushwork of other Abstract Expressionists. Afro’s late works are characterized by flattened geometric forms, a stark contrast to his earlier gestural paintings. Early in his career he was affiliated with the “Scuola Romano” (“school of Rome”), a group of Italian Expressionist artists active in Rome before World War II.

Italian, 1912-1976, Udine, Italy, based in Zurich, Switzerland

Solo Shows

2016
EDIEUROPA QUI ARTE CONTEMPORANEA, 
Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy,
Afro - Oltre la pittura
2016
CASA MASACCIO, 
San Giovanni Valdarno, Province of Arezzo, Italy,
Senza titolo (la pittura come modello)

Group Shows

2016
PHARMACY INDUSTRY ART VENICE, 
Mestre, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy,
Uno Nessuno Centomila
2011
Complesso Monumentale del Vittoriano, 
Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy,
L'Unità dell'Arte Italiana nella Diversità delle Regioni - Regioni e Testimonianze d'Italia

Fair History on Artsy

2017
Mazzoleni at Art Basel in Miami Beach 2017