Mauro Reggiani Painter
- MAURO REGGIANI ARTIST
Mauro Reggiani was a Italian painter known for his contribution to thegeometric abstraction. His life and artistic career have been marked by a constant desire to explore new forms of expression and chromatic relationships, making him one of the pioneers of abstract art in Italy.
Born in Nonantola, in the province of Modena, in 1897, Mauro Reggiani showed a great interest in art from an early age. He attends the Royal Institute of Fine Arts of Modena from 1911 to 1919, where he studied figure and painting.
However, his artistic training was momentarily interrupted when he was drafted into the army in 1917. In 1918, he entered the Scuola Allievi Piloti Aviatori in Caserta, but after the end of the war in 1919, he resumed his passion for painting.
In 1920, he opened a studio in Modena and painted a series of portraits. In the same period, he enrolled in the third year of the figure course at the Royal Institute of Fine Arts in Florence, where he made friends with artists such as Marino Marini It is Joseph Graziosi. These years are characterized by the search for a personal expressive language and by the interest in the artists of the Novecento group.
In the 1930s, Mauro Reggiani gradually detached himself from realistic and academic models and approached abstractionism, influenced by artists such as Cézanne, Kandinsky, and Max Ernst. In 1934, he participates in the first exhibition of Abstract Art in Italy at the Million Gallery in Milan, together with other artists, including Oreste Bogliardi and Virginio Ghiringhelli. This event marks the beginning of his career in geometric abstract art.
In the following decade, the 1940s, Mauro Reggiani continued his artistic research, participating in national and international exhibitions. However, the period was also marked by the tragic events of the Second World War, which forced him into a parenthesis of artistic inactivity. After the end of the conflict, he returned to Milan and resumed painting.
In the 50s, Mauro Reggiani joins the Concrete Art Movement (MAC), founded in Milan by Gthat Dorfles, Bruno Munari It is Athanasius Soldati. His painting becomes more dynamic in composition and chromatically lively. He participates in numerous group and personal exhibitions in Italy and abroad, receiving awards and prizes for his contribution to abstract art.
In the 60s and 70s, Mauro Reggiani's art continued to evolve, exploring new techniques and materials. Personal exhibitions follow one another in various Italian cities, and some retrospectives dedicated to his work are organized in important public spaces and art galleries.
In 1980, at the age of 82, Mauro Reggiani died in his home in Milan. After his death, his daughter Virgilia Reggiani Simion collects and archives the material relating to her father's artistic activity to create the general catalog of his works, published in 1990 by the critic Luciano Caramel.
Mauro Reggiani was a visionary artist, always looking for new forms of expression and chromatic relationships. His dedication to geometric abstraction made him a significant figure in the history of Italian art and a pioneer of abstract art in the country, together with other important artists such as Alberto Magnelli, Enrico Prampolini and Atanasio Soldati. His artistic legacy has been celebrated with numerous exhibitions and posthumous awards, demonstrating the lasting influence of his work on the Italian art scene.
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