Luigi Veronesi (1908-1998)

Luigi Veronesi
Luigi Veronesi, Fotogramma, 1972 I C-print I 24 x 24 cm

Luigi Veronesi was born in Milan in 1908.

He enrolled in a technical institute, where he also took a course in textile design and studied painting under Professor Violante. As he deepened his mathematical and physical knowledge, which would become crucial for understanding his entire body of work, he became acquainted with artists associated with the Milanese gallery Il Milione. At just seventeen, he exhibited works influenced by Sironi and Modigliani. His friendship with Léger, whom he met in Paris, led him to embrace non-figurative art, and in 1934, he joined the “Abstraction-Création” group while simultaneously working with the magazine “Campo Grafico”. Veronesi immediately showed diverse interests: his graphic works led him to collaborate with magazines such as “Casabella” and “Ferrania”, abstract painting drew him closer to music, and photography began to emerge with all its expressive force. He conducted numerous experiments in the 1930s and 1940s, both in black and white and in color, experimenting with various techniques, with particular attention to photograms. In 1947, he joined the photographic group “La Bussola” and signed its programmatic manifesto, and the following year he became part of the “Movimento Arte Concreta” (MAC). In the 1950s and 1960s, Veronesi received the first important recognitions, including awards and participation in Biennales such as those in Venice and São Paulo, as well as solo exhibitions in Italy and abroad. He also began his teaching career at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera and later at the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan. In the 1980s and 1990s, alongside renewed interest in photography, he engaged in applied arts interventions with frescoes, square projects, and graphic interventions in exteriors.

Luigi Veronesi passed away in Milan on February 25, 1998.