Being inspired by artists such as Piero Manzoni and Lucio Fontana, it is hardly surprising that Luciano Fabro’s (1936–2007) works turned out remarkably eye-catching, and thought-provoking. Fabro began his life as an artist at an early stage, having decided to embark on an artistic career at the tender age of twelve.
Rejecting the conventional
Active during the post-war period in Italy, Fabro became part of the Arte Povera movement. In essence, he was a conceptual artist who used simple materials to create works of art that played around with reality and human perceptions of space and conventional ‘normality’. Generally working in keeping with Arte Povera’s propensity for humble and natural materials, he would occasionally stray from this overall aesthetic to use more expensive materials.
Past and Present – Fabro’s interpretation of post-war Italy
Fabro was interested in mixing history with his own perspective and his own interpretations. Living in the post-war period, he was acutely conscious of the history and culture of his native Italy, often reflecting on such issues to introduce new perspectives on the past and present alike. Fabro worked with contrasts – new versus old, cheap versus expensive. In his art, such dichotomies were not necessarily polar opposites, but could be combined to create unique perspectives. Accordingly, his works incorporate themes such as reflection, history, mythology, and nature – all presented in interesting and beautiful interpretations informed by Fabro’s unique use of materials and modes of expression.