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(1930 – 2017), Italy

Enrico Castellani Biography

Enrico Castellani studied painting and sculpture at the Académie des Beaux-Arts and architecture at the École Nationale Supérieure in Belgium until 1956. In 1957 Enrico Castellani returned to Italy, where he became acquainted with Italian avant-garde artists Piero Manzoni, Lucio Fontana, Vincenzo Agnetti and Agostino Bonalumi in Milan and came into contact with Yves Klein and the group of German artists known as "ZERO". In 1957-58 the legendary "ZERO" evening exhibitions of work by Heinz Mack, Otto Piene and Günther Uecker were held in Düsseldorf that were to be so influential in Italy as well. In 1958 Enrico Castellani joined the "Movimento Arte Nucleare" group to which Manzoni, Fontana, Picabia and Bonalumi also belonged. Castellani and Manzoni forged firm ties of friendship. In December 1959 the two artists opened Galleria Azimut in Milan. That same December also saw the launch of their journal, "Azimuth". The aims of the Azimut artists were to ensure that art did not imitate; a work was to be entirely self-referential and possess reality and authenticity in its own right. Light and shade, space and structure should be contained in the work itself and not be elicited in viewers by means of sensory deception.

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In 1959 Castellani showed his "Superficie Nera" works for the first time. To make them, he worked over his canvases with a nail gun to produce a relief surface that induced light and shade effects through alternating depressions and raised areas. Castellani left the canvases monochrome, usually white. In the 1970s and 1980s, Enrico Castellani also used other materials, including aluminum.

A large number of exhibitions continues to attest to Enrico Castellani's status in the international art world. In 1964 Enrico Castellan's works were shown at the Venice Biennale in a separate room. In 1968 he took part in "documenta 4". Enrico Castellani has lived in Cellano, near Viterbo, since 1975.

Enrico Castellani studied painting and sculpture at the Académie des Beaux-Arts and architecture at the École Nationale Supérieure in Belgium until 1956. In 1957 Enrico Castellani returned to Italy, where he became acquainted with Italian avant-garde artists Piero Manzoni, Lucio Fontana, Vincenzo Agnetti and Agostino Bonalumi in Milan and came into contact with Yves Klein and the group of German artists known as "ZERO". In 1957-58 the legendary "ZERO" evening exhibitions of work by Heinz Mack, Otto Piene and Günther Uecker were held in Düsseldorf that were to be so influential in Italy as well. In 1958 Enrico Castellani joined the "Movimento Arte Nucleare" group to which Manzoni, Fontana, Picabia and Bonalumi also belonged. Castellani and Manzoni forged firm ties of friendship. In December 1959 the two artists opened Galleria Azimut in Milan. That same December also saw the launch of their journal, "Azimuth". The aims of the Azimut artists were to ensure that art did not imitate; a work was to be entirely self-referential and possess reality and authenticity in its own right. Light and shade, space and structure should be contained in the work itself and not be elicited in viewers by means of sensory deception.

In 1959 Castellani showed his "Superficie Nera" works for the first time. To make them, he worked over his canvases with a nail gun to produce a relief surface that induced light and shade effects through alternating depressions and raised areas. Castellani left the canvases monochrome, usually white. In the 1970s and 1980s, Enrico Castellani also used other materials, including aluminum.

A large number of exhibitions continues to attest to Enrico Castellani's status in the international art world. In 1964 Enrico Castellan's works were shown at the Venice Biennale in a separate room. In 1968 he took part in "documenta 4". Enrico Castellani has lived in Cellano, near Viterbo, since 1975.

Enrico Castellani Featured Artworks

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Superficie Bianca (White Surface) by Enrico Castellani contemporary artwork painting
Enrico CastellaniSuperficie Bianca (White Surface), 1970Acrylic on shaped canvas
104 x 120 cm
Robilant+Voena Contact Gallery
Superficie Bianca by Enrico Castellani contemporary artwork painting
Enrico CastellaniSuperficie Bianca, 2001Acrylic on canvas
100 x 200 cm
Lévy Gorvy Contact Gallery
Superficie bianca by Enrico Castellani contemporary artwork painting
Enrico CastellaniSuperficie bianca, 1993Acrylic on canvas
50 x 50 cm
Dep Art Gallery Contact Gallery
Superficie argento by Enrico Castellani contemporary artwork sculpture
Enrico CastellaniSuperficie argento, 2006Enamel on cast aluminium
58.5 x 58.5 x 5 cm
Lévy Gorvy Contact Gallery
Superficie bianca by Enrico Castellani contemporary artwork painting
Enrico CastellaniSuperficie bianca, 2009Acrylic on shaped canvas
180 x 180 x 10 cm
Galerie Greta Meert Contact Gallery
Superficie bianca by Enrico Castellani contemporary artwork painting
Enrico CastellaniSuperficie bianca, 1970Acrylic on shaped canvas
73.2 x 92 cm
Cardi Gallery Contact Gallery
Superficie Bianca by Enrico Castellani contemporary artwork painting
Enrico CastellaniSuperficie Bianca, 2005Acrylic on shaped canvas
120 x 100 cm
Cardi Gallery Contact Gallery
Superficie grigio by Enrico Castellani contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Enrico CastellaniSuperficie grigio, 1989Acrylic on shaped canvas
120 x 120 cm
Galerie Greta Meert Contact Gallery

Enrico Castellani Recent Exhibitions

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Enrico Castellani Represented By

Cardi Gallery contemporary art gallery in Milan, Italy Cardi Gallery London, Milan
Lévy Gorvy contemporary art gallery in New York, USA Lévy Gorvy Hong Kong, London, Miami, New York, Palm Beach, Paris, Zurich
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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