VEDOVA, Emilio

Emilio Vedova  Italian  1919 – 2006

Emilio Vedova was a Italian painter & teacher who was considered one of the most important to emerge from his country’s artistic scene,Arte Informale. 

He was a self-taught artist aside from a few night classes.After an initial formative experience within Expressionism, he joined the group Corrente  (1942–43), during the Second World War, he recorded his experience in his drawings. Vedova returned to Venice towards the end of the war. He participated in the Resistenza and played a key role in the post-war Italian art movement, which was opening up and contributing originally to the European avant-garde. His work became much more abstract.  In 1946 he co-signed the manifesto Beyond Guernica which included several Italian artists who were to become famous. In 1947 Vedova founded Fronte Nuovo delle Arti. In 1952 he became a member of the influential and more avant garde, Gruppo degli Otto (Afro, Birolli, Corpora, Santomaso, Morlotti, Vedova, Moreni, Turcato), which was organised by the critic Lionello Venturi.  

In 1951, Vedova exhibited his first solo show in the United States at the Catherine Viviano Gallery located in New York. This show was where he began to attract big name collectors, like Peggy Guggenheim. In the following year, he was a part of Gruppo degli Otto Pittori Italiani (Group of Eight Italian Painters) a show exhibited at the Venice Biennale.

Vedova had a number of gallery and museum exhibitions, at places like the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna in Rome and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice.His work has proven to be very successful in auctions.

Vedova spent most of his life in Venice, where he taught at the Accademia di Belle Arti.

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