Arcangelo Ianelli, Brazilian (1922 - 2009)

Arcangelo Ianelli (São Paulo, 1922 - idem 2009). Painter, sculptor, illustrator and initially self-taught draughtsman. In 1940, he studied perspective at the Associação Paulista de Belas Artes [São Paulo Association of Fine Arts], and in 1942, received guidance in painting from Colette Pujol. Two years later, he attended the studio of Waldemar da Costa, with Lothar Charoux, Hermelindo Fiaminghi and Maria Leontina. During the 1950s, was a member of the Grupo Guanabara [Group Guanabara], with Manabu Mabe, Yoshiya Takaoka, Jorge Mori, Tomoo Handa, Tikashi Fukushima and Wega Nery, among others. From the 1940s onwards, produced everyday scenes, urban landscapes and seascapes which revealed a major formal synthesis and a chromatic range in subdued tones. During the 1960s, he returned to informal abstraction, producing canvases with a density of material and dark colours. By the end of the 1960s, his work had become both linear and pictorial, with a notable use of graphisms. From 1970 onwards he has returned to geometric abstraction, most notably using rectangles and squares, presented as superimposed and interpenetrating planes. He has also worked as a sculptor since the mid-1970s, when he began to execute works in marble and wood, in which he returned to constant questions in his painting.  In 2002, he celebrated his 80th birthday with a retrospective at the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo - Pesp [State Art Gallery of São Paulo].


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