- Date of Birth: 29 June 1927
- Birthplace: Rome, Italy
- Day of Death: 17 May 2005
- Nationality: Italian
- Studies: Architecture in Rome
- Style: Abstract Art, Architecture
Childhood and studies
Piero Dorazio was born on June 29, 1927 in Rome. His interest in art arose very early. At a young age he already finished several drawings and paintings.
From 1945 on, he studied Architecture in Rome. Two years later he received a scholarship at École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts in Paris. In France he dealt with the local modern artists. In 1948 he moved back to Italy, yet he interrupted his studies and started to be an artist. Already in 1946 he had more to do with art than architecture and was part of the group “Arte Sociale”, which tried to establish a modern, abstract and free art in Italy. After his termination of studies, Dorazio worked mainly as an author, whose main theme was the everyday art scene.
In 1949 he travelled to Austria and Germany. There he met a lot of artists among others Rupprecht Geiger. As a follower of the avant-garde art, he founded the Gallery Age d'Or in 1950 in Florence. In 1952 the Fondazione Origine followed. These two platforms aimed to help contemporary artists to display their art and to exchange ideas with other artists and art enthusiasts. International artists were shown in Rome and Florence, to give the Italian artists insights in various art spaces. In the same year Dorazio participated in the Venice Biennale. A little later he spent a year in the United States and met famous artists such as Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman. Dorazio dealt with several theories, including that of Kandinsky about intangible structures. Back in Italy he worked on numerous works. In 1959 he participated in the documenta Kassel 2 and 3 and in 1961 he was awarded the Prix Kandinsky.
Teaching activity and subsequent life
In the early 1960s he was appointed to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. There he founded in 1963 the Institute of Contemporary Art. A little later, between 1968 and 1970 he became professor. In the middle of the 1970s, he travelled frequently, inter alia to Greece and the Middle East. After his stay in the USA, he returned to Italy and moved into the former convent of Todi in Umbria.
There he worked on numerous of his works. On May 17, 2005, the artist died in Perugia. Today, his artistic works are to be found in numerous international institutions.
- Berlin – Neue National Galerie
- Dusseldorf – Museum Kunstpalast
- Frankfurt a. M. – Städel Museum
- Hamburg – Kunsthalle Hamburg
- Munich – Neue Pinakothek
- Bologna – Museo d’Arte Moderna
- Florence – Galleria degli Uffizi
- Rome – Collezione d’Arte Contemporanea
- Amsterdam – Stedelijk Museum
- Vienna – Ludwig Museum Moderner Kunst
- Stockholm – Moderna Museet
- 2001 Museum für Moderne Kunst, Bolzano
- 2000 Achim Moeller Fine Art, New York
- 1990 Kunstverein Ludwigshafen
- 1988 Biennale di Venezia, Venice
- 1983 Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome
- 1981 Neue Pinakothek, Munich
- 1979 Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris
- 1971 Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel
- 1969 Haus am Waldsee, Berlin
- 1966 Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart
- 1963 Museo de Arte Moderno, Sào Paulo
- 1961 Kunstverein Nordrhein Westfalen, Dusseldorf
- 1959 documenta 2, Kassel
- 1997 Michelangelo Prize of the Accademia die Virtuosi del Pantheon
- 1990 Alcide de Gasperi Prize for science and art
- 1986 Prize of the Accademia Nazionale di San Luca
- 1961 Kandinsky Prize, Paris
- Piero Dorazio. Tero Millennio, Gabriele Simongini/Gianluca Ciccarelli, Rome 2004.
- Piero Dorazio. Die Künstlerische Formierung bis 1959, Anette Papenberg-Weber, Basel 2002.
- Piero Dorazio. Gemälde, Aquarelle, Guachen, exhibition catalogue, Galerie Valentien, Stuttgart 2002.
- Piero Dorazio, exhibition catalogue, Achim Moeller Fine Art New York, New York 2000.
- Piero Dorazio. Gemälde 1958-68, exhibition catalogue, Haus am Waldsee Berlin, Berlin 1969.