Umberto MARIANI

Umberto Mariani was born in Milan, Italy in 1936 where he still resides. In 1950 he enrolled in the Accademia di Brera, studying under Achille Funi, where he graduated with honours. Although he studied the masters of the Romantic period he was surrounded by the emerging movements of Pop Art and Surrealism, however the most profound influence upon his developing style were the classical statues that he grew up observing on the streets of Italy. Mariani’s fascination with the delicate folds of fabric carved out of the hard white marble would later develop into a desire to manipulate material. Best known for his complex draperies on irregular-shaped canvases, his work explores illusions of light and shadow created within the folds of fabric. New multi-dimensional works combine intricate drapery over elusive lead sheets. The fabric serves the purpose of concealing the mysterious base element beneath, whilst also evoking its presence. Mariani’s work is reminiscent of the three dimensional Spatialism of the Italian avant-garde. His first monumental work was for St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, which he made in the 1960’s, as well as the St. Antony Sanctuary in Rome, and in the 1970’s he exhibited widely in prominent institutions in Europe such as the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Belgium, and the Musée d'Art Moderne in Paris, France. He has been included in numerous gallery and museum exhibitions with works in private and public collections worldwide.

  • Brilliant Hues: The Power of Red and Gold

    Brilliant Hues: The Power of Red and Gold

    Singapore

    February 09, 2018 - February 25, 2018

  • Opera Gallery and B&B Beirut - Italian contemporary masters

    Opera Gallery and B&B Beirut - Italian contemporary masters

    Beirut

    October 06, 2017 - November 06, 2017

  • Colors of Italy - Italian Contemporary Masters

    Colors of Italy - Italian Contemporary Masters

    Hong Kong

    September 21, 2017 - October 10, 2017

  • 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

  • Monochromes italiens

    Monochromes italiens

    Monaco

    June 27, 2014 - July 09, 2014

  • Andante - Marcello Lo Giudice, Umberto Ciceri & Umberto Mariani

    Andante - Marcello Lo Giudice, Umberto Ciceri & Umberto Mariani

    Hong Kong

    November 29, 2013 - December 21, 2013