Remo Brindisi

Remo BRINDISI | Works and biography


Remo Brindisi was born in Rome in April 1918. Eighth of eleven children, from the first year of life he moved with the whole family to Abruzzo and attended the School of Art in Penne, a small town in the province of Pescara, thus starting to follow his passion for art. In the following years he moved to Rome, in his hometown, where he attended the Experimental Center of Scenography and the lessons at the Free Nude School of the Academy of Fine Arts. He later wins a scholarship that he will bring Toasts to register with the Higher Institute of Art for Book Illustration


His studies were interrupted by the call to arms caused by the outbreak of the Second World War, an experience that led him to Florence at theMilitary Geographic Institute. It is in Florence that he lives after the armistice of 1943, enjoying a carefree break from his life cultivated thanks to the partnership with artists and friends including the self-taught painter Ardengo Soffici, the famous painter and engraver Ottone Rosai and the founder of the Roman school Happy Carena. In 1940 Remo Brindisi presents his first solo show in the Tuscan city in which he exhibits descriptive and lyrical works, also exhibiting the catalog created for the occasion by Eugenio Montale.

In 1944 the painter Toasts he was imprisoned by the Germans but managed to escape and take refuge in Venice until his liberation. In Venice he meets the art dealer Carlo Cardazzo, defined by many as the discoverer of the greatest talents of post-war Italian painting, who offers him an intense exhibition of his works at the The Cavallino Gallery. Among the painter's favorite themes in recent years we have the human figure, the little shepherds, the Venetian and Abruzzo landscapes wrapped in a dreamy and relaxed atmosphere. Linked in his early works to a descriptive and realistic system, he later matured his style by adding expressionist nuances.

In the fifties and sixties he participated in all the Venice Biennials and the Rome Quadriennials, proving to be a great painter inspired by political and social commitment and focusing his works on the references of expressionism with clear informal intentions. Remo Brindisi in fact, he focuses on works that privilege the emotional data of reality rather than the objectively perceivable one and uses expressionist characters in the context of what he will define New Figuration.
In 1947 the same Caldazzo invites him to Milan to exhibit in his new one The Naviglio Gallery. The Milanese cultural climate of those years was turbulent and, in the controversy between abstractionists and realists, Toasts he takes sides by joining the Linea Group, founded in the same year together with the painters Giovanni Dova and Ibrahim Kudra, which marks a first break with neocubism; in 1950 the group dissolves and the painter approaches the movement of Realism.
In 1955 Remo Brindisi performs a new change of artistic direction due to a heated controversy over Realism with the painter Renato Guttuso, on the occasion of an anthological exhibition that the municipality of Milan is setting up in his honor at the Art Pavilion, which marks the break from the movement.

Between 1956 and 1961 is the start of the historical cycles marked by civil commitment, composed of large canvases characterized by cyclical themes, in which the painter Toasts he witnessed a great collective suffering, the representation of which gives the works an epic character. His poetics, the lyrical transfiguration of reality, the reading of humanity in sentiment and in the existential condition, characterize his path, always capable of igniting evocations in the melody of the tenuous or with dazzling shock waves. He paints 14 canvases by The Way of the Cross (1956-1957) in a moment of strong inner religiosity in the climate of terror that had characterized the postwar period, theBreaking down the myth of Stalin (1958), the Processo al cardinale Mindszenty (1959) and the two versions of the History of Fascism (1960-1961) which in particular allow us to understand the stylistic change of Remo Brindisi of those years and the salient features of his new figurative research. The impetus of strong tensions and the lyricism of memory still continue to characterize him.

In 1970 he made the Alternative Museum of Remo Brindisi to whom he donates a copious collection of twentieth-century artists, demonstrating that in him the identification of art with social activities is a precise civil duty and a precise human creed. The museum is housed inside the house-museum built by the Milanese architect Nanda Vigo, which has now become the property of the municipality of Comacchio by the painter's will Toasts.
In the same period he was awarded the special "Federico Bernagozzi" prize, on the occasion of which he created ten portraits of illustrious Ferraresi, visible at Social Theater of Concordia of Portomaggiore. These years are characterized by a production of the painter that determine his search for the dynamism of the figures and the use of bright colors; among these are i Three ProfilesProfilesVenice and another one Venice, all produced in the seventies and eighties.
In 1972 he was appointed president of the Venice Biennale and for a long time held the position of director and teacher of theAcademy of Fine Arts of Macerata, receiving the Gold Medal of Education for cultural merits. His works are part of public and private collections in national and international museums.
Remo Brindisi he died in Lido di Spina in 1996 and will be remembered as the epic singer of the historical myths of our time, an artist of extraordinary value.