Rodolfo Aricò (1930 - 2002)



After attending art school in Brera, in 1950 he joined the faculty of Architecture at the Politecnico di Milano. 


He began painting in the mid-fifties and in 1959 he held his first solo exhibition at Galleria Annunciata in Milan. The works of 1958-59 look at the Art Informal of Wols and Emilio Scanavino, but from these models Aricò then moves between abstraction and Figurative art following the example of abstract expressionist Arshile Gorky. 


The painting of the sixties finds inspiration in the Orphic Cubism of Robert Delaunay and Sonia Delaunay, from which Aricò develops complex geometric projections on the figure of the circle, from which borns a hybrid form (a sort of circle) that will figure constantly in his pictorial system. He then begins to work on the "object-paintings": large canvases shaped according to geometrical forms in which spreads the color evenly, transforming the canvas from neutral support in autonomous art object. 


The adoption of a primary language places him in the movement called analytical painting, a reflective form of art focused on its syntactic structures, defined in the United States Post-Minimal Painting. In the seventies Aricò became a point of reference in Europe, along with Robert Ryman, Agnes Martin, Robert Mangold, Brice Marden, the Italian Claudio Olivieri and Giorgio Clamps among others. He was a professor of Interior Design at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera, from which he obtained the chair in 1978.