Agostino Bonalumi

Born in Vimercate, Milan, Italy, Bonalumi studied technical drawing at the Institute Technico industrial. Though his artistic talent was already evident at a young age of 13 years when he exhibited his firguratuve work on paper. A self taught painter, Bonalumi continued his pursuit in art through his collaboration with renowned contemporary Italian artists Piero Manzoni and Enrico Castellani leading to the formation of the journal Azimuth with Castellani. It was Bonalumi’s frequent visit to Italian contemooray art master, Lucio Fontana’s studio that set the stage for Bonalumi to develop his distinctive style. Innovated by Bonalumi in the discovery of ‘extroflection’, he specifically outfitted stretcher bars with dynamically shaped relief elements to press against the back of a taut canvas, giving these flat surfaces a sense of depth and dimension. Inspired and influenced by Lucio Fontana’s radical conceptions of space in his sliced and punctured canvases, Bonalumi and his partner friends devised practices that emphasized the physical presence and forthright materiality if the work of art – an idea they referred to as ’pittur-oggetto’ (painting-object). Their work was instrumental in propagating international currents of the Avant-Garde such as the German Zero group, the French Nouveau Réalisme and the American Neo Dada. Throughout the course of his illustrious career, Bonalumi’s works have been exhibited at prestigious museums, esteemed art events and renowned galleries around the world. In 2001, Bonalumi was awarded the Presidente della Republica Prize which was supported by a solo show at the Accademia Nazionale di San Luca in Rome in 2003.

  • Mauro Corda / Umberto Mariani & Italian Monochromes

    Mauro Corda / Umberto Mariani & Italian Monochromes

    Paris

    March 17, 2017 - April 06, 2017

  • Monochromaniac

    Monochromaniac

    New York

    November 18, 2016 - December 03, 2016

  • Tempo

    Tempo

    Monaco

    July 10, 2015 - July 31, 2015

  • MONOCHROMANIAC

    MONOCHROMANIAC

    Geneva

    October 02, 2014 - October 18, 2014

  • Monochromes italiens

    Monochromes italiens

    Monaco

    June 27, 2014 - July 09, 2014