Born in Rosario, Argentina to an Italian father and sculptor, Lucio Fontana would spend the major part of his life in Milan, Italy.

In the 1930’s, he was one of the first Italian based artists to explore abstraction. After a period living in Argentina during the Second World War, the artist returned to Milan in 1947 and created the Spatial Art movement. In this movement, works were produced in relation to their surroundings and by dominating space. The artist spirit is incarnated in his works, especially in his torn canvases, produced for the first time in 1949. These were the first Concetti Spaziali (Spatial Concepts), slashed tableaus on which various materials and colours combined.

Following a retrospective at the Venice Biennial in 1958, he began a series of perforated canvases, his Tagli, and thus became a reference for artists of the 1960s.


Lucio Fontana, Concetto Spaziale, 1952
Lucio Fontana, Concetto spaziale, Attese, 1960
Lucio Fontana, Concetto spaziale, Attese, 1964-1965
Lucio Fontana, Concetto Spaziale (Teatrino), 1965