Paolo Icaro

1936 · Italy

Artist biography

Paolo Icaro is seen as an established artist, who originates from Italy, like other well-known artists such as Fabrizio Romano Battistoni, Simone Forti, Francesco Bonanno, Filippo Cegani, and Gibi. Paolo Icaro was born in 1936.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Two galleries around the world represent and exhibit Paolo Icaro's work. These are P420 in Bologna, Italy and Lorenzelli Arte in Milan, Italy. Paolo Icaro most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Galleria Massimo Minini in Brescia with the exhibition Alla ricerca dell'equilibrio perduto. The exhibition was open from 25 November 2018 until 31 January 2019. Paolo Icaro's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; cantiere (22 November 2019 - 10 January 2020) at P420 in Bologna and SCOSE (09 June 2019 - 19 August 2019) at Noire Gallery in Turin.

Historical Context of Italy

The classical period of the Romans has exerted a consequential influence on the cultural and intellectual evolution of Italy, contributing to the uniqueness of the country and its sumptuous artistic legacy. Italy is also the country that embodies the Renaissance, “Riniscita” in its original language, which signifies “rebirth”. From the early 1400s, the Renaissance has been an intense period of cultural and political flourishing, 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 fundamental artistic centres, home to pioneering 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 eminent 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 Paolo Icaro

Born in 1936, Paolo Icaro grew up during the 1950s and was inspired by the artistic atmosphere of the time. Abstract Expressionism, a form of painting that explored ideas of spirituality and the sublime, dominated the 1950s. A number of artists concentrated on the formal properties of painting, and action painting took inspiration from the political freedom of the United States, as opposed to the strict nature of the Soviet bloc. Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb were influential artists of this time. The male dominated environment has been subsequently revised to recognise the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

Paolo Icaro