BIOGRAPHY

Amadeo Luciano Lorenzato

1900, Belo Horizonte | MG – Brazil

1995, Belo Horizonte | MG – Brazil

He is considered one of the most important personalities of the visual arts in the state of Minas Gerais. He was a scaffold builder, a poultry farmer, a painter of walls, and a plastic artist. In 1925, he went to the Royal Academy of Art at the Olympic Gallery, in Vicenza, Italy. He started to have exhibitions in the middle of the 1960s. He also participated in the Young Room, at Minas Tênis Clube in Belo Horizonte (1965); the Third Bratislava Triennial Exhibition in Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia) in 1973; the Petit Palais Exhibition in Paris (1975); the Instinct Art and Popular Creativity Event organised by the Brazilian Ministry for Education and Culture – MEC, in Rio de Janeiro (late 1970s); the 1st Visual Arts Event of the Clóvis Salgado Foundation, in Palace of Arts, in Belo Horizonte (1984) and the Popular Art Event of the Ministry for Education and Culture, Rio de Janeiro (1984).

 

Critical Commentary

Born in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais state, descended from Italians, Lorenzato spends his childhood in Brazil. After the First World War (1914-1918), his family decided to return to Italy. At the age of 20, he started to work as a wall painter in the construction industry. In 1925, he studied at the Reale Accademia delle Arti, at the Galleria Olimpica di Vicenza (current Accademia Olimpica Vicenza). His first pictures were drown on excursions taken on Sundays around the city. In 1926, in Rome, he met the painter Cornelius Keissman. Around 1928, accompanied by Keissman, he made a long bicycle trip through several countries in Europe. He supports himself from the sales of small gouaches and watercolors and cards printed with the photo of the two artists next to their bicycles. IIt was n Brussels and Paris, where they stayed the longest. In Paris, Lorenzato befriends the Italian painter Gino Severini (1883 - 1966) and takes advantage of his knowledge of the work of the Impressionists, for whom he reveals deep admiration. He also claims to have great fascination for the works of the Italian Renaissance masters.

In 1949, after the end of World War II (1939-1945), he returned to Brazil and settled with his family in Belo Horizonte. He suffered an accident in 1956, due to which he retires. He began to devote himself entirely to painting. For the scholar Cláudia Giannetti Nölle, in his paintings the artist focuses on the essential lines and colors, a frequent procedure in painters close to primitivism. He begins to use a metal comb commonly used in wall paint ornamentation, with which he fuses the layers of paint on the canvas. The result is the presentation of tortuous lines and slight recesses scattered throughout the frame. Lorenzato removes his subjects from everyday reality in the landscapes as well as in still lives and portraits. He frequently uses new materials such as wire mesh, wood and cardboard, as well as plates, boxes and lamps that support his painting. He also realizes sculptures, working with clay and with cement in larger pieces. In sculpture he tends to reduce to basic forms and essential lines, although it gives the figures great intensity and force of expression. For Nölle, his work is above all a spontaneous creation, in which the elements merge naturally.

Source: Itaú Cultural

 

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Individual Exhibitions:


 2019 Lorenzato, Mendes Wood, New York, USA


2019 Amadeo Luciano Lorenzato, Sotheby’s S|2 London Gallery, London, UK


2017 Lorenzato: Simple Singular, Minas Tennis Club Cultural Center, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil


2014 Lorenzato: And you just can’t imagine that Epaminondas is me, Bergamin & Gomide Gallery, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2014 Lorenzato, the grandeur of modesty, Galeria Estação, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2008 Individual, Manoel Macedo Art Gallery, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil


2007 Individual, Manoel Macedo Art Gallery, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil


2001 100 years of Lorenzato, Guignard School Gallery, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil


2000 100 years of Amadeo Lorenzato, Casa dos Contos, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil


1995 Individual, Pampulha Art Museum, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil


1994 Individual, Galeria da Caixa, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil


1988 Individual, Manoel Macedo Art Gallery, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil


1986 Individual, Espaço Asal, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil


1984 Individual, Casa dos Contos, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil


1981 Individual, Brasiliana Gallery, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1977 Individual, Cooperative Memory Gallery of Art, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil


1973 Individual, Arte e Livro Gallery, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil


1973 Individual, Petit Palais, Paris, France


1971 Individual, Chez Bastião Gallery, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil


1967 Individual, Minas Tennis Club, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil


1964 Individual, Minas Tennis Club, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil


 


Collective Exhibitions:


 2019 Amadeo Luciano Lorenzato, David Zwirner Gallery, UK, London


2018 Minimum, multiple, common, Estação Pinacoteca, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2016 A certain look - Celma Albuquerque Collection, Galeria Estação, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1996 Popular Artists from Belo Horizonte, UFMG Cultural Center, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil


1982 National Exhibition of Popular Painting, Bauru, SP, Brazil


1981 Art and Craft Exhibition, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil


1980 Earth People, Paço das Artes, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


1980 Primitiva Mineiros, Mandala Art Gallery, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil


1976 Salão do Pequeno Quadro, Guignard School Gallery, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil


1973 Third Bratislava Triennial, Bratislava, Czechoslovakia


1970 Folklore Week, Minart Gallery, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil


1970 Five primitives, Guignard Gallery, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil


1965 Salão Jovem, Minas Tennis Club, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil


 


Public Collections:


Pinacoteca of São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


Clóvis Salgado Foundation, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil


Pampulha Art Museum, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil


Federal University of Viçosa, Viçosa, MG, Brazil


Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP), São Paulo, Brazil


Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, Monaco


 


Selected Publications:


2016 A certain look - Celma Albuquerque Collection, Galeria Estação, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2014 Lorenzato, the greatness of modesty, Galeria Estação, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2014 Almost figure, almost form, Galeria Estação, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2011 Lorenzato, Editora C / Arte, São Paulo, SP, Brazil


2004 Lorenzato - Depoimento, C/Arte, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil


1997 A century of plastic arts history in Belo Horizonte, C / Arte, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil


1994 Virtual identity, soapstone, Municipal Secretary of Tourism and Culture, Ouro Preto, MG, Brazil


1992 A. Poteiro, Lorenzato, Rodelnégio, Manoel Macedo Art Gallery, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil


1992 Manoel Macedo Art Gallery: 10 years old, Manoel Macedo Art Gallery, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil


1990 Lorenzato: 90 years, Manoel Macedo Art Gallery, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil


1974 Brazilian dictionary of plastic artists v. 2, MEC / INL, Brasília, DF, Brazil

EXHIBITIONS

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SP-Arte 2014

02.03.2014 - 06.03.2014
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são paulo

SP Arte 2019

03.04.2019 - 07.04.2019
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SP Arte 2017

05.04.2017 - 09.04.2017
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SP-Arte 2016

06.04.2016 - 10.04.2016
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SP Arte 2015

09.04.2015 - 12.04.2015
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são paulo

Lorenzato, the grandeur of modesty

11.03.2014 - 11.05.2014
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11.04.2018 - 15.04.2018
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são paulo

Almost a figure, almost a shape

21.08.2014 - 10.10.2014
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ArtRio 2018

27.09.2018 - 30.09.2018
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rio de janeiro

ArtRio 2016

29.09.2016 - 02.10.2016
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são paulo

A Certain Look - Celma Albuquerque Collection

30.08.2016 - 15.10.2016