Giorgio Griffa

Giorgio Griffa is an Italian abstract painter born in 1936 in Turin,
Italy. Though Griffa had never received a formal art education, he
was inspired early on by painters at the Circolo degli Artisti in his
hometown. Griffa joined the art world when he began working as an
assistant to painter Filippo Scroppo, who was associated with the
MAC Art Concreta movement. Entering the 1970s, the painter left his
practice of figurative painting to explore abstraction that still
characterized his unique artistic style. This includes creating textured
painting technique that uses acrylic paints on raw materials such as
un-stretched canvas, burlap, and linen. Griffa also believes in the
philosophy that his artwork is never totally completed, commenting
that in his eyes painting is “constant and never finished.”
Griffa’s works have been exhibited globally starting with Sonnabend
Gallery in 1970 to more international exhibitions in Dusseldorf and
the Venice Biennale of 1978 and 1980. Since then his work have also
been seen in exhibitions at the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Centre
d’Art Contemporain Geneve, and MACRO.

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