Carla Accardi was one of the most original, versatile and influential Italian artists of the second post-war period and represents one of the most important and recognized figures of European abstractionism.
Carla (Carolina at the registry office) was born in Trapani in 1924, where she obtained the classical high school diploma at the Ximenes high school. Subsequently, he moved to Palermo to enroll at the Academy of Fine Arts, which he concluded in 1947. Shortly after, he moved to Rome where he began to frequent the sparkling Osteria Fratelli Magni, also known as Osteria dei Pittori, a historic meeting place for artists and intellectuals of the time.
Also in 1947 together with other artists such as Attardi, Dorazio, Consagra, Guerrini, Maugeri, Perilli and Sanfilippo (whom he will marry two years later) founded the Form group 1.
In the manifesto published in the Forma magazine, the group declares itself to be of a formalist and Marxist nature. Its exponents propose a structured but not realistic art, which aims to restore their primordial importance to form and sign, eliminating any symbolist or psychological pretense.
In the works of Carla Accardi, the foundations of painting are re-discussed trying to pour out one's own inner universe.
In this first artistic phase (well represented by the work Grigio e Colori), Carla Accardi succeeds in denying the Italian preconception of the time that inextricably linked form and composition to extremely recognizable contents.
Accardi, on the other hand, works on hardly decipherable forms, showing a lot of courage in experimenting and breaking down some male-dominated stereotypes. Throughout her career and her works, Carla Accardi will develop the themes of identity and female creativity. The "sign" of his first artistic phase is representative, in this sense, of an indecipherable language extraneous to the western context (artistic but also social) dominated by men. Subsequently, together with Elvira Banotti and Carla Lonzi, he will found the group of activists "Rivolta Female".
Accardi's individual artistic career officially began in 1950, when her first solo exhibition was held in the Age d'Or bookshop in Rome.
In 1951 he entered the rooms of the Salto Library in Milan, a favorite meeting place for the exponents of the MAC (Movement for Concrete Art).
In 1955 he held his own personal exhibition at the San Marco Gallery in Rome. Also in 1955 she obtained a good international response, being invited by Michel Tapié to the International Review Individuality of Today, at the Galerie Rive Droite in Paris.
Starting from 1957, he gradually abandoned color and created the so-called Integrations where white flickers on black, becoming pure light.
From 1960 onwards Carla Accardi resumed using color, in works such as Blu Concentric.
In 1965 the painter started a process of artistic and conceptual revolution. In fact, abandon the tempera and start using colored and fluorescent paints. Above all, he abandons the square form, working on transparent plastic supports, so as to exploit and involve more space. Tenda (1966) is one of the most interesting and original works of this period.
In the seventies he proposes a painting made up of repeated geometries on the so-called Lenzuoli, which he presented in 1974 at the Editalia Gallery in Rome.
In the early Eighties he definitely returned to traditional canvas.
In 1997 he joined the Commission for the Venice Biennale, as a councilor.
On 23 February 2014 following a sudden illness, he died at the Santo Spirito hospital in Rome. The funeral took place five days later, at the Carroccio room in the Campidoglio.