Signature: Signed and dated nov. 1951 lower right
C. Brandi "Afro" Editalia, Roma, 1977, p. 174 n. 46 ill.
AA.VV. "Afro. Catalogo Generale Ragionato" Roma, 1997, p. 97 ill.
Catherine Viviano Gallery, New York
Private collection, New York
Private collection, Milan
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