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Artists Alberto Burri

Cretto C


Etching and aquatint on Fabriano Rosaspina paper, one color print (printer: 2RC, Rome)

67 x 96.5 cm

Edition 11 of 90

Alberto Burri was born on March 1915, in Città di Castello, Italy.

He studied medicine and served in Africa as a military doctor in the Italian army during World War II. He began to paint in 1943, while he was a prisoner in Texas.

Two years later he moved to Rome, where in 1947 he had his first solo exhibition at the Galleria La Margherita. From 1948 he developed an abstract style, and also started incorporating different materials like iron, wood and plastic to the artwork. In the mid-1950s Burri began burning his materials, a technique he named combustione (combustion).

In 1965 he awarded the Grand Prize jointly with Vasarely at the Sao Paulo Biennial.

The artist died on February 1995, in Nice, France.

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