Lucio Fontana

Lucio Fontana is an Italian painter, sculptor and ceramist. As the founder of the Spazialismo (Spatialism) movement, he is best known for his three dimensional monochromatic canvases punctuated with slashes and perforations Fontana was born in Rosario de Santa Fé, in the Argentine, to Milanese sculptor Luigi Fontana and an Argentinian mother. From Argentina, the Fontana family moved to Italy in 1905-1922, then again in Rosario de Santa Fé, where Lucio Fontana worked in his father studio before opening his own sculpture studio. He returned to Italy in 1928, settling in Milan where he presented his first exhibition as he pursued his studies in sculpture at the Brera Academy 1928-30. The initial idea of Spazialismo was conceptualised by Fontana in 1947 in collaboration with a group of writers and philosophers as the first manifesto of Spatialism. It was in 1949 that Fontana defined his career and his art when he created and presented his first series of paintings with punctured canvas, transforming a two-dimensional platform into a three dimensional work of art. Through the 50s, Fontana continued to develop and refine his signature style by the application of slashes, gouges and perforations in both his paintings and sculptures. Throughout his illustrious career, Fontana’s iconic works has been showcased in many prestigious exhibitions such as the 1966 Venice Biennale and the 1968 Documenta Kassel, West Germany. Fontana’s paintings are presented around the world notably in the Museum of Modern Art in New York and Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome.

  • Mauro Corda / Umberto Mariani & Italian Monochromes

    Mauro Corda / Umberto Mariani & Italian Monochromes


    March 17, 2017 - April 06, 2017

  • Monochromaniac


    New York

    November 18, 2016 - December 03, 2016

  • New Realities in the 20th and 21st century

    New Realities in the 20th and 21st century

    Hong Kong

    March 12, 2015 - April 18, 2015




    October 02, 2014 - October 18, 2014

  • Monochromes italiens

    Monochromes italiens


    June 27, 2014 - July 09, 2014

  • In Black & White

    In Black & White


    December 06, 2013 - December 21, 2013