Afro (Afro Basaldella)

Italian, 1912–1976

The Italian painter Afro Basaldella, known simply as Afro, is best known for his calligraphic, abstract work from the 1950s. As a wave of painting called Art Informel (“formless” art, named for loose shapes and compositions lacking a central focal point) swept Europe and regional circles of modern artists proliferated, Afro joined the short-lived painters circle Gruppo degli otto (“group of eight”). Over the course of this decade, he exhibited in New York, struck up a friendship with Willem de Kooning, and drew influence from the bold style and energetic brushwork of other Abstract Expressionists. Afro’s late works are characterized by flattened geometric forms, a stark contrast to his earlier gestural paintings. Early in his career he was affiliated with the “Scuola Romano” (“school of Rome”), a group of Italian Expressionist artists active in Rome before World War II.

Artworks

L 113
L 113

Hans Hartung, 1963
1
€1800

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L 118
L 118

Hans Hartung, 1963
1
€1800

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Le Infinite possibilità di esistere
Le Infinite possibilità di esistere

Alighiero Boetti, 1988
1
€16000

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