Piero Gauli biography




Piero Gauli was an Italian painter and set designer. He was born in Milan in 1916.

he trained at the 1st Higher Institute of Architecture in Venice and in 1937 he began working as a set designer for various experimental theaters and then for the Palcoscenico group of Milan. In 1938 he made his debut as a painter by presenting some works at the Mostra Universitaria Triveneta.

In 1940 he moved to Milan and joined the Corrente group with whom he exhibited the following year in the collective exhibition held at the Galleria La Bottega. His strongly expressionist style is characterized by hollowed-out figures full of colour. His works recall the work of the Comacine masters but are also influenced by Northern European influences and in particular by Oskar Kokoschka.

he took part in the Second World War, leaving for the Russian front in 1942. Imprisoned, he was interned in the Polish concentration camp of Cholmin. In this period he produced several drawings that recount his experience as a soldier.

Returning from prison, he begins to dedicate himself to artistic ceramics while continuing to dedicate himself to painting and drawing, in particular watercolor.

In 1947 he held his first solo show at the Galleria il Naviglio in Milan and in 1948 he participated in the Venice Biennale and the Quadriennale di Roma. Having moved to Umbria he frequented the ceramic workshops of Gubbio and in the following years took part in exhibitions in Faenza, Gubbio and Pesaro.

In the early fifties he was in Rome, while in 1957 he returned to Milan where he exhibited in a solo show at the Galleria dell'Annunciata . The early sixties saw him involved in various exhibitions in Paris, New York and Munich.

Piero Gauli died in Milan in 2012.