Carol Rama, ‘Smentire il bianco’, 1972, Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie

About Carol Rama

In her decades-spanning practice, Carol Rama has explored sexuality and desire through different materials and mediums. Self-taught, Rama began painting as a means of dealing with family tragedies. In her early work in the 1930s and 1940s, she created lustful images of the female body, highlighting sexuality and pleasure as major themes. Rama later experimented with abstraction and assemblage in the vein of arte povera, using bicycle tires from her father’s factory before he declared bankruptcy and committed suicide. She returned to making paintings and watercolors in the 1980s. The recipient of the Golden Lion at the 50th Venice Biennale, Rama falls outside the confines of any particular artistic movement or period, but she remains a seminal figure and an important influence to artists such as Cindy Sherman and Kiki Smith.

Italian, 1918-2015, Turin, Metropolitan City of Turin, Italy, based in Turin, Metropolitan City of Turin, Italy

Group Shows on Artsy

2015
The Passion According To Carol Rama, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris