Vincentiu Grigorescu

Vincentiu Grigorescu

* 1923

Milan, Milan, Italy

Vincentiu Grigorescu (1923 – 2012) studied architecture and arts in Bucharest. In the late 40s he dedicated himself to graphic design – he was one of the top creators of postal stamps of that time. Later, through his constant struggle to free himself from the impositions of Socialist Realism he became inclined towards geometrical expression and abstraction. In 1972, after some exhibitions abroad, he asked for political asylum in Italy, where he went on to live and work for 40 years in Milan and Castelnuovo Magra (Liguria). He never returned to Romania. In the 70s and 80s, Vincentiu Grigorescu maintained a close collaboration with gallery-owner Zita Vismara in Milan, who organized his most important exhibitions of that period. He also had a great solo show in 1975 at Galleria d’Arte Moderna (GAM), in Turin, curated by Angelo Dragone. He was continuously acknowledged by famous art critics, such as Gillo Dorfles, Alberto Veca, Angelo Dragone, Ottorino Villatora and Marzia Ratti, director of CAMeC, La Spezia (Italy). His collaboration with Marzia Ratti during the last two decades placed him in the realm of Italian Abstraction and he became conceptually aligned to great names, such as Alberto Burri, Enrico Castellani, Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni. His works/interventions on canvas and the material of painting situate him alongside the “triad” Manzoni-Castellani-Bonalumi. After his death in 2012, his works were included that same year in the exhibition “superfici sensibili – dialoghi con il supporto”, curated by Marzia Ratti at CAMeC, La Spezia, featuring a selection of famous Italian modern and contemporary artists.

Represented by 418GALLERY

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