Gino Morandis (Venice 1915 - Ivi 1994). His real surname is Morandi, but in 1962 he added an s to stand by Giorgio Morandi. For a short time he signatures with the name Magni. He stats at Art Institute to continue his art studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice under the guidance of Virgilio Guidi, following him, with his friend Luciano Gaspari, at the Academy of Bologna when he is forced to leave Venice in 1935. Here he was able to attend the lessons of Giorgio Morandi, thus enriching the teaching guides on the light of a particular attention to the emotional value of color tone. The first painting experiences are influenced by the teachings of the two masters, resulting in refined and delicate compositions that accompanies natural soon a special reflection on the work of G. Braque. He stats exposing young participating in the group exhibition in 1932 at the Opera Bevilacqua La Masa. The artist, who will graduate in painting in 1937, is also exhibiting at the Second Quadrennial in Rome in 1935, but, called in the army in 1938, he was forced to stop to show his work until 1943.
Assistant to Guidi in Bologna from 1943 to 1945, when he gets the teaching of arts at high school in Venice, to be followed by the teaching staff at the Academy of Fine Arts.
In the late forties Morandis reflects the particular cultural climate of the city and he takes part, with friends Gaspari and Bacci, in art debates following the reopening of the historic edition of the Biennale 1948, which marks the emergence of two trends related to the realism and an artistic a proposal related to a non-figurative. In recent years, the artist creates a special relationship with Emilio Vedova. Meanwhile, the artist moves away from figurative painting to direct its research toward abstract expressionism.
He adheres to the Spazialismo movement in the early fifties and he comes into contact with the gallery owner Carlo Cardazzo. He participates in exhibitions of Spazialisti artists from 1952 in Venice at the Galleria del Cavallino, in Trieste and at the Galleria Casanova.
Morandis painting in recent years assumed a special role within the Spazialismo movement and his particular color sensibility, which is accompanied by a strong formal vocation led him to develop a language of pure abstraction suitable to express the fantastic fictional universe of personal introspective. From the shy and reserved character, Morandis in his paintings expresses a conception of space that can be solved in a lyricism that tends to identify the shapes in a chromatic light, which expands into a magical atmosphere, where the sign and the color has symbolic and narrative. The artist draws a sort of structural decomposition of the form that opens in space, but it maintains a dynamic unity. This aspect will become important in his research about an expressive color space of the following years, that will see the artist make a sort of essence of the form marked using color, experimenting with plastic shapes in relief and using the nets, which allow a transparent material related research .
In 2006 the exhibition "Gino Morandis (1915-1994). Documenti" at the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Monumental Rooms, (Sansovino Library) in Venice.

Gino Morandis

Gino Morandis Senza Titolo

Gino Morandis Composizione con argenti

Gino Morandis Spaziale 90
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