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12 facts about Luigi Malice

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By Gwylym Owen

Luigi Malice (born 1937, Naples, Italy) is an Italian abstract artist.

Malice studied at Naples Academy of Fine Arts as a pupil of Emilio Notte, later studying under avant-garde and Informal Art painter Domenico Spinosa.

He began as an expressionist and figurative painter in the late 1950s, his later style demonstrated by his painting “Still life taking into account figure” for which he established the Michetti Prize, and “Ricordo di Spagna” (“Memory of Spain”) which Malice exhibited for the Posillipo Prize.

In the at the forefront 60’s, he approached the Arte Informale, an Italian art movement near to the American Abstract expressionism and to the French Art Informel or Tachisme.

In 1963, Malice became a researcher in Reggio Calabria, where he exhibited in total and one-man shows, and in 1967 exhibited at the Flaccovio Gallery in Palermo and the Santo Stefano Gallery in Venice.

After 1968, he concentrated on sculpture, and works consisting of waterproof cloth (“tela ciriè”) on twisted plywood, imitating shaped canvases, these linked to the discharge duty of his contemporaries Enrico Castellani, Agostino Bonalumi, and Pino Pascali, but then to wooden silhouettes of men of Mario Ceroli, and in the to the front 1970s constructed works later ready-made Plexiglas panels.

Malice exhibited in 1968 at the New York Coliseum, and in 1984, held a retrospective exhibition in Milan. Subsequently, his art took on abstract impressionism and lyrism of the colours. The similar year he became the principal of the Academy of Fine Arts, Reggio, Calabria. Malice exhibited at the Institute Francais “Le Grenoble” in Naples, and in a travelling exhibition that included Venice and Florence. In 1992, he presented a one-man show, “Percorsi 1965–1992” (“Itineraries 1965–1992”), at the Royal Palace, Naples. Since 2001, his work “Metamorphosis 1979” has been held in the Museo delle generazioni italiane, Pieve di Cento. Recently the artist has exhibitedhis conduct yourself at the Italian pavilion of the 54th Venice Biennale.

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