Emilio Vedova was born in Venice on August 9, 1919. Between 1930 and 1935 the artist worked in a factory, for a photographer and restorer, as an artist he was mainly an autodidact.
The years between 1936 and 1941 were marked by stays in Rome, Florence and Bolzano. In 1942 Vedova joined the Italian anti-Fascist movement "Corrente". In 1946 he wrote the manivesto "Beyond Guernica" together with other artists. That very same year he became a co-founder of the "Fronte Nuove delli Arti" group of young Italian artists, who wanted to renew all aspects of Italian art based on their common anti-Fascist background. Their joint appearance at the Venice Biennale in 1948 only managed to cover up the different artistic views within the group for a short time, with some of the artists leaning to Abstractions and others to Realism. Vedova decided to favor Abstraction.
After a phase which was dominated by geometrical forms, Vedova abandoned these between 1950 and 1953 in favour of passionate gestic informal painting. He often worked in cycles.
During the second half of the 1950s Vedova tried to transcend the boundaries of painting in various experiments to open it up to the new media. In the early 1960s Emilio Vedova broke up the rectangular shape of pictures and produced so-called "Plurimo-pictures". These are spacial frames made of wooden boards and iron hinges, which were painted with various techniques from all sides and can be folded up or shut.
Vedova spent 1964 and 1965 in Berlin in the course of the "Artists in Residence" programme. In 1955, 1959 and 1982 he participated in the "documenta". At the 30th Venice Biennale in 1960 Vedova's paintings were shown in a dedicated room and he received the "Grand Prize" of the Biennale. In 1984 the Venice Museo Correr mounted a comprehensive retrospective exhibiting 280 of his works. In 1986 a further retrospective followed at the "Bayrische Staatsgemäldesammlungen" in Munich.
Emilio Vedova is regarded as one of the main exponents of italian Informel painting in the 1950s and 1060s.
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