Grazia Varisco

1937 · Italy

Artist biography

Grazia Varisco is an established contemporary visual artist, who was born and brought up in Italy, like other prominent artists such as Zerocalcare, Giuseppe Maraniello, Filippo Minelli, Antonio Pedretti, and Lucio Fontana. Grazia Varisco was born in 1937.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Grazia Varisco is represented by multiple galleries around the world, including countries like the United Kingdom, Italy, and Germany. Some of those galleries are Cortesi Gallery | London in the United Kingdom, as well as Galleria Fumagalli and A arte Invernizzi in Italy. Grazia Varisco's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Relief: a new perspective in Post-War Art at Cortesi Gallery | London in the United Kingdom. The exhibition was open from 10 June 2019 until 22 August 2019. Grazia Varisco's only other exhibition is Hosting Space, which took place at M77 Gallery | Milan in Italy (18 November 2019 - 28 February 2020).

Historical Context of Italy

Italy has been tremendously rich in cultural power since the time of the Romans, this classical period has exerted a major influence on the cultural growth and identity of the country. Italy also embodies the country of the Renaissance, called 'Rinascita' in Italian, signifying 'rebirth'. The Renaissance has been considered, from the early 1400s, as the first extensive blossoming of cultural erudition in art, architecture, music, poetry, philosophy and politics since the Middle Ages. Throughout the modern and contemporary period, Italy was afflicted by the fascism of Mussolini but has nevertheless endured as an important heart for artistic expression, initiating movements such as Futurism, Arte Povera and the Minimalism related to the Zero Movement, as well as the expressive painting of the Transavanguardia. Critically acclaimed Italian artists of 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 Grazia Varisco

Born in 1937, Grazia Varisco was largely influenced by the 1950s. In the Post-War period the lens of modernism was focused, in terms of internationally, on developments in New York City. The Second World War had brought many leading artists to the city in exile from Europe, leading to a substantial pooling of talent and ideas. Important Europeans that came to New York and provided inspiration for American artists included Piet Mondrian, Josef Albers and Hans Hoffmann, who between them set the grounds for much of the United States’ significant cultural growth in the subsequent decades. Important artists of the Abstract Expressionist Generation included Jackson Pollock (who innovated his famed drip, splatter and pour painting techniques), Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. It was a male dominated environment, but necessary reassessment of this period has underlined the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

Grazia Varisco

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