(1935 – 2013), Italy

Agostino Bonalumi Biography

Agostino Bonalumi, was born in in Vimercate, Milan. A painter, sculptor, and draughtsman whose exemplary skill in technical and mechanical drawing enabled him to exhibit his first works at the Premio Nazionale Cittá di Vimercate at the age of thirteen. His first solo show took place just eight years later at the Galleria Totti, Milan.

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During a career spanning five decades, Bonalumi became known as a leading figure in post war Italian art. His practice involved placing different shaped objects beneath taut canvases to give his paintings three-dimensionality. The appearance of concealing mysterious items behind the pictures’ surfaces, added an illusory element that entered into the viewers’ space. Bonalumi’s technique has been dubbed ‘extroflection’, and it elaborates on the sliced canvas works of Lucio Fontana.

Bonalumi presented work at both the 33rd Venice Biennale in 1966 and the 35th Venice Biennale in 1970. Recent solo exhibitions of the artist’s work have included Sculpture at Mazzoleni Art, London (2015); Sete at Galleria Blu, Milan (2014); All the Shapes of Space, 1958-2976 at Robilant + Veona, London (2013); and The Glass of Shadow: Works from the Sixties to Present at Partners and Mucciaccia Gallery, Singapore (2012).

Exhibition view: Agostino Bonalumi, Robilant+Voena, New York (15 September–16 December 2022). Courtesy Robilant+Voena.

Agostino Bonalumi Featured Artworks

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Rosso by Agostino Bonalumi contemporary artwork sculpture
Agostino Bonalumi Rosso, 1966 Extroflexed canvas and vinyl tempera
70 x 80 x 60 cm
Studio Gariboldi Contact Gallery
Bianco by Agostino Bonalumi contemporary artwork painting
Agostino Bonalumi Bianco, 1965 Shaped canvas and vinyl tempera
90 x 120 cm
Mazzoleni Contact Gallery
Bronzo by Agostino Bonalumi contemporary artwork sculpture
Agostino Bonalumi Bronzo Bronze
60 x 58 x 58 cm
Mazzoleni Contact Gallery
Nero (Black) by Agostino Bonalumi contemporary artwork mixed media
Agostino Bonalumi Nero (Black), 1969 Vinyl tempera on shaped canvas.
121 x 145 cm
Robilant+Voena Contact Gallery
Bianco by Agostino Bonalumi contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Agostino Bonalumi Bianco, 2013 Shaped canvas and acrylic
140 x 130 cm
Cardi Gallery Contact Gallery
Blu by Agostino Bonalumi contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Agostino Bonalumi Blu, 2011 Shaped canvas and acrylic
60 x 90 cm
Cardi Gallery Contact Gallery
Nero by Agostino Bonalumi contemporary artwork painting
Agostino Bonalumi Nero, 2009 Shaped canvas and acrylic
90 x 70 cm
Mazzoleni Contact Gallery
Blu by Agostino Bonalumi contemporary artwork sculpture
Agostino Bonalumi Blu, 1990 Enamelled sheet
80 x 105 cm
Mazzoleni Contact Gallery

Agostino Bonalumi Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Agostino Bonalumi Represented By

Cardi Gallery contemporary art gallery in Milan, Italy
Cardi Gallery London, Milan
Mazzoleni contemporary art gallery in Turin, Italy
Mazzoleni London, Turin
Robilant+Voena contemporary art gallery in London, United Kingdom
Robilant+Voena London, Milan, New York, Paris
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