Orfeo Tamburi biography



Orfeo Tamburi, born on 28 May 1910 in Jesi, was a renowned Italian painter whose artistic career left an indelible mark on the art of the 20th century. His eclectic and adventurous career led him to explore different cultures and artistic styles, thus helping to create a link between Italian tradition and international influences.

After graduating from the Technical Institute in 1926, Orfeo Tamburi moved to Rome in 1928 with a scholarship to study at the Liceo Artistico in via Ripetta. His thirst for knowledge takes him to the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, where he has the opportunity to interact with illustrious artists such as Ennio Flaiano and Vincenzo Cardarelli , paving the way for his future artistic evolution.

In 1932, he made his debut as a painter by exhibiting works at the III Sindacale Laziale. This marks the beginning of a series of exhibitions that lead him to participate in the I National Exhibition of the Artists' Union in Florence, where his works begin to capture the attention of art enthusiasts. However, it is his stay in Paris in 1936 that has a decisive impact on his artistic vision. During this period, Orfeo Tamburi came into contact with some of the most important painters of the time and discovered the painting of Paul Cézanne , which profoundly influenced his style.

Back in Italy, the painter participates in the Quadrennial of Rome and the Biennale of Venice, gaining an opportunity to meet the writer Curzio Malaparte and to make his work known to an international audience. Over the years, he continues to exhibit in various Italian cities, displaying an impressive variety of artistic styles and themes that reflect his passion for exploration and experimentation.

At the end of World War II, Orfeo Tamburi returns to Paris, a place he would choose as his home for much of his life. The city offers him the opportunity to broaden the boundaries of his artistic career, participating in personal exhibitions in Belgium, France, Switzerland and Holland. His art begins to evolve further, incorporating international influences and gaining a global perspective.

His fame grew during the 1950s, when he expressed his talent through exhibitions in the United States, in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York, receiving recognition and admiration from art critics and of the public. His works capture the essence of different cities and cultures, reflecting his ability to capture the soul of a place through color and detail.

His curious spirit led him to travel to places such as London, Greece and Austria in the 1960s, continuing to present solo exhibitions in major Italian cities. Throughout his career, Orfeo Tamburi collaborates with various art forms, including cinema, acting in the episode "Invidia" of the film "The Seven Deadly Sins", directed by Roberto Rossellini in 1952.

In the following years, Orfeo Tamburi continues to exhibit in important Italian galleries and abroad, consolidating his status as an established artist. In 1969 he founded the "Premio Città di Jesi-Rosa Papa Tamburi", a tribute to his mother and a sign of his desire to promote contemporary art.

The connection with Paris remains strong until the end, where Orfeo Tamburi dies on June 15, 1994. His artistic legacy is a testament to a man who embraced diversity and united cultures through his art. His paintings, influenced by Cézanne and enriched by international experiences, remain a celebration of artistic exploration and the search for human essence through color and form.