Gilberto Zorio

1944 · Italy

Artist biography

Gilberto Zorio is an established artist, who originates from Italy, like other celebrated artists such as Guja De Vère, Alessandro Teoldi, Felice Casorati, Pichler Walter, and Zimmerfrei. Gilberto Zorio was born in 1944.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Gilberto Zorio is represented and exhibited by 14 galleries around the world, in countries like the United Kingdom, France, and Italy. Some of those galleries are Cardi Gallery | London in the United Kingdom, Baronian Xippas in Belgium, and Tornabuoni Art | Paris in France. Gilberto Zorio most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Blain|Southern in London with the exhibition Poor Art | Arte Povera: Italian Influences, British Responses. The exhibition was open from 20 September 2017 until 17 December 2017. Gilberto Zorio's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions at; Baronian Xippas in Belgium (07 September 2018 - 03 November 2018) with the name Et voilà, encore une fois chez Albert Baronian ! and Galerie Xippas | Paris in France (07 June 2019 - 26 July 2019) with the name dialogues #1 Baronian Xippas Brussels. Gilberto Zorio's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called Poor Art | Arte Povera: Italian Influences, British Responses and took place at Blain|Southern in London, the United Kingdom from the 20 September 2017 to 17 December 2017.

Historical Context of Italy

The classical period of the Romans has exerted a consequential influence on the cultural and intellectual development of Italy, contributing to the uniqueness of the country and its splendid artistic legacy. Italy is also the country that epitomizes the Renaissance, “Riniscita” in its original language, which translates to “rebirth”. From the early 1400s, the Renaissance has been a fervent era of cultural and political awakenings, engendering revivals in art, architecture, music, poetry and philosophy. Although greatly affected by the fascism of Mussolini in the modern and contemporary period, Italy has never lost its place as one of the most powerful artistic centres, home to cutting-edge movements such as Futurism and Arte Povera, as well as the expressive painting of the Transavanguardia and the Minimalism related to the Zero Movement. Some highly influential Italian artists from the twentieth and twenty first centuries include Giorgio Di Chirico, Giacomo Balla, Giorgio Morandi, Alberto Giacometti, Lucio Fontana, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Francesco Clemente and Mimmo Paladino.

Further Biographical Context for Gilberto Zorio

Born in 1944, Gilberto Zorio was primarily inspired by the 1960s. The universal impact of the 1960s was truly sensational across the globe. Evocative of a time inspiring both faith and anger, the 1960s prompted an outburst of new ideologies and movements, truly exciting and spectacular. Historically set in the context of the Cold War, which would have a highly influential impact internationally, mainly defined by the Iron Curtain dividing Europe both physically and spiritually, and significantly marked by the erection of the Berlin Wall in 1961. The 1960s re-defined all pre-existing expectations on gender, race and justice, questioned education as well as morality and selfhood – for instance through the civil rights movement and second wave of feminism, as well as student political uprisings. The incredible boom of mass consumerism also defined the era, engendering new trends in marketing and advertising. Minimalism established the crucial idea that art should subsist in its own reality, and not try to mimic the physical world. Born of a desire to obliterate all pre-established conceptions about art, Minimalism turned into a radically progressive movement, highly influential worldwide, with artists such as Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Dan Flavin as key actors. Minimalism became influential through the works of artists such as Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley, while Pop art was an essential by-product of the latter, at the same time critiquing and glorifying popular culture. The iconic contemporary art movements that echoed through the wave of radicalism of the 1960s also had their own distinctions and scopes, particular to different areas or countries. Spatialism, for example, was founded in Italy by Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni, and its ideologies adopted by the Zero group in Germany. Throughout Europe, the philosophy of Existentialism strongly influenced artists like Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti, who strived to depict the raw human emotions often connected to reflections on death and the haunting anxiety of the meaninglessness of life.

Gilberto Zorio

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