Afro (Afro Basaldella), ‘Vulcano II’, 1974, Bertolami Auctions

es. 39\90, 32,5 x 45,2 cm image; 50 x 69,5 cm sheet

Signed lower right: Afro
Numbered lower left

LITERATURE
Afro, Catalogo Ragionato delle incisioni e litografie, Top Graphic Editrice, Milano 1986, pag 144 n 63

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

Group Shows

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