Umberto MARIANI

b.1936

Umberto MARIANI

Umberto Mariani is a multimedia artist born in 1936 in Milan, Italy where he still resides. He graduated with honours from the Accademia di Brera.

Mariani’s work is reminiscent of the three dimensional Spatialism of the Italian avant-garde. He is best known for his complex monochrome lead draperies exploring the illusions of light and shadow created within the folds of the heavy material. Sometimes the composition of the drapery, the colour and the presence of the work are self-sufficient, whilst at others Mariani reintroduces a “forma celata” (hidden form), like a curtain covering a physical object which presence is only suggested.

His first monumental narrative work in the 1960s was for St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. Since then, he has been widely exhibited in prominent institutions such as the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Belgium, the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris, France, the Musée d ́Art Contemporain de Montréal, Canada, or the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna in Rome, Italy . He recently had a retrospective at the Mudima Fondazione in Milan.

Available artworks

Umberto Mariani, La Forma Celata 04-2015 mauve (6-102)
Umberto Mariani, La forma celata 12/2013 (2-353)
Umberto Mariani, La forma celata violet 8/2014 (6-49)
Umberto Mariani, La forma celata, 2013 (2-303)
Umberto Mariani, Senza Titolo 2012 (2-221)
Umberto Mariani, La forma celata 01-2015 mauve (6-86)
Umberto Mariani, La forma celata 04-2015 blanc (6-103)
Umberto Mariani, La Forma celata rose 8/2014 (6-55)
Umberto Mariani, La forma celata, 2008 (2-263)
Umberto Mariani, La forma celata, 2012 (2-188)
Umberto Mariani, La forma celata, 2012 (2-225)
Umberto Mariani, La forma celata, 2013 (2-319)
Umberto Mariani, La forma celata, 2014 (6-02)
Umberto Mariani, La Forma celata, 7/2012 (2-196c)
Umberto Mariani, Taghelmoust : il velo, 2013 (2-321)