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Luigi Veronesi


Luigi Veronesi was born in Milan in 1908.
He attended a technical istitute, taking a course in textile design and studying painting with the professor Violante. While continuing his studies of mathematics and physics, a fundamental factor for an understanding his oeuvre, he made the acquaintance of artists who gravitated around the Milanese gallery Il Milione, where he had his first show when he was just 17 years old, featuring works influenced by Sironi and Modigliani.
Thanks to his friendship with Léger, whom he met in Paris, he approached non-figurative art, joining the Abstraction-Création group in 1934. At the same time, he worked with the magazine Campo Grafico.
He always had multiple interests: his work in graphic art led to collaboration with the magazines Casabella and Ferrania, while his interest in abstract painting led him to music (his Fourteen variations on a pictorial theme in 1939 inspired Riccardo Malipiero's Fourteen variations on a musical theme of the same period), and his work as a photographer began to emerge with all its expressive force.
He completed many projects in the 1930s and 1940s, both in black & white and in color, experimenting with many techniques, particularly that of photograms.
In 1947 he joined the photography group La Bussola and signed its programmatic manifesto, and in 1949 he took part in the group MAC (Movimento Arte Concreta).
In the 1950s and 1960s he received many important honors (prizes for his various activities, invitations to participate at Biennials such as those of Venice and Sao Paulo, solo shows in Italy and abroad), and began his teaching activities at the Brera Fine Arts Academy and the Nuova Accademia in Milan.
In the 1980s and 1990s his renewed interest in photography moved in parallel with projects of applied art, with frescoes, designs for urban squares and outdoor graphics.
Luigi Veronesi died in Milan on 25 February 1998.

Biographical note taken from the book by R. Mutti, L. Caramel, Luigi Veronesi: lo spazio sensibile, catalogue of the exhibition curated by R. Mutti and T. Mangano, (Milan, Bel Vedere Fotografia, 2007), Mondadori Electa, Milan, 2007. p.117.

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