Eugenio Carmi

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Eugenio Carmi
Eugenio Carmi a Genova - 2015 Laboratorio delle Idee - foto 2.png
Born17 February 1920 (1920-02-17)
Genoa, Italy
Died16 February 2016 (2016-02-17) (aged 95)
Lugano, Switzerland
OccupationPainter, sculptor

Eugenio Carmi (17 February 1920 – 16 February 2016) was an Italian painter and sculptor. He is considered to have been one of the main exponents of abstractionism in Italy.[1][2]

Born in Genoa, in 1938 Carmi moved to Switzerland because of the racial laws imposed by Benito Mussolini. He graduated in Chemistry at the ETH Zurich.[1][2] Carmi returned to Italy after the war, where he studied painting with Felice Casorati and sculpture with Guido Galletti.[1]

In the early 1950s, Carmi abandoned the informal style and adopted a geometric rigor in his works.[1] His works often used factory materials such as welded steel and iron.[1]

Between 1958 and 1965 Carmi collaborated with the steel company Italsider (later Ilva) as their responsible for the image.[1][2] In 1963 he founded with Flavio Costantini and Emanuele Luzzati the cooperative of artists Galleria del Deposito.[1] A close friend of Umberto Eco, he collaborated with him on several projects.[3] He also taught in several academies.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Michela Bompani (16 February 2016). "Scomparso il pittore Eugenio Carmi". La Repubblica. Retrieved 18 February 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b c Stefano Bucci (16 February 2016). "Addio a Eugenio Carmi, astrattista "industriale"". Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 18 February 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b Redazione (16 February 2016). "Lutto nell'arte, è morto Eugenio Carmi". Il Secolo XIX. Retrieved 18 February 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

Further reading[edit]

  • Luciano Caramel, Umberto Eco. Eugenio Carmi. Milan, Electa, 2000. ISBN 88-435-7621-6.
  • Martina Corgnati. Eugenio Carmi. Tre miliardi di zeri. Milan, Charta, 2006. ISBN 88-8158-623-1.

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