1917 - 1992 · Italy
Considered one of the most significant pioneers of postwar geometric abstraction in Italy, Mario Nigro developed his own unique version of abstraction. Drawing on his background as a chemist and pharmacist, Nigro utilised his scientific knowledge to become one of the main players in the Movimento Arte Concreta movement that was founded in Milan in 1948. Dynamic and experimental, Nigro’s oeuvre ranges from postwar abstraction to minimalism informed by the interplay between painting and architecture.
Born in 1917 in Pistoia, Italy Mario Nigro began to teach himself to paint at the age of sixteen. Despite his early artistic interests, he graduated with a degree in chemistry from Pisa University in 1941, and received his degree in pharmacy in 1947. Working as a pharmacist, Nigro continued to paint and enjoyed his first solo exhibition in 1949 at the Libreria Salto in Milan where he met members of the Milanese Movimento Arte Concreta, of which he would become an influential practitioner himself. By 1958 Nigro had resigned as a pharmacist and began a full-time painting career, which he enjoyed until his death in 1992.
Widely exhibited throughout Europe, Nigro has been the focus of solo shows and retrospectives at venues such as Venice’s Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Milan’s Dep Arte Gallery, Kunstsammlung Chemnitz, and Art Basel. He has also been included in group shows at museums including the Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Fondazione Roma Museo; Kunstmuseum Stuttgart; and the Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Germany; among many others.