Pietro Consagra

Biography

Pietro Consagra (b.1920- d.2005) was an Italian abstract sculptor known for emphasizing flatness in his works.

Consagro was born in Mazara del Vallo in Trapani (Sicily) and studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Palermo. He founded the ‘Forma I’ group in Rome in 1947, a formalist and Marxist group of artists. He worked primarily in bronze and iron to create what appeared to be two-dimensional sculpture, and he experimented with color later in his career.

His works can be seen in many permanent collections including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the National Gallery, Washington, D.C., the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna di Roma, and the Tate Gallery, among others. His work was recently featured in an exhibition, “Ties/Legami. Pietro Consagra & Ugo Mulas,” at the Italian Cultural Institute in London in 2017.