Piero Dorazio

Biography

Piero Dorazio (June 29, 1927 - May 17, 2005) was an Italian painter, whose work was related to Color field, Lyrical Abstraction and other forms of abstract art. He was bron in Rome and died in Perugia. He attended the Julius Caesar lyceum in Rome ad a young man. In 1942, he and his family fled to Abruzzo. He there worked briefly as a translator for the British army during the war.

After the war, he took some classes on architecture in Rome, but soon after, he gravitated to painting. He looked up to the work of some futurist painters like Gino Severini, Antonio Corpora, Giacomo Balla, etc.

In 1953-1954, he traveled to the United States at taught with a summer program at Harvard University. In 1961, he was awarded the Prix Kandinsky. In 1961-1969, he taught in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. In 1970 he returned to live and work in Todi, Umbria. He continued to exhibit until at least 2003.

Described as an “outspoken, independent character who was the opposite of politically correct,” Dorazio's use of materials and colors did not shift much over time. He is known for many paintings rich in color, highlighting thick bands of bright color, often cross-hatched grids. While abstract, they do not neglect detail or complexity. The style is allied to what was later described as "Post-painterly abstraction" by Clement Greenberg.