Giulio Turcato


Mantova 1912 - Roma 1995

Turcato was born in Mantua on February 19, 1912. He left his native city and attended the Venice Academy’s school of nude studies in the early 1930s before moving to Milan and finding work in the firm of the architect Giovanni Muzio in 1937. Pulmonary illness led to frequent stays in sanatoriums. Having taken up painting, he found stimuli in the Cubist art of Pablo Picasso. 
His long participation in the Venice Biennale began by invitation with the 23rd Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte della Città di Venezia in 1942. He then moved to Rome a few months later and joined the Resistance. 
A signatory of the manifesto of the Nuova Secessione Artistica Italiana in 1946, he was a founding member of Forma 1 in 1947 and the Fronte Nuovo delle Arti in 1948. His art is abstract with expressionistic overtones. The decision of the Venice Biennale to devote a room exclusively to his work at the 29th Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte della Città di Venezia in 1958 contributed to his international renown. He took part in Documenta II the following year and joined the Continuità group in 1961.
He also exhibited in famous museums such as MoMa in New York City, Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea in Milan, Staatsgalerie Moderner Kunst in Munich, Musée de l’Athenée in Geneva, Philadelphia Museum of Art and others.