Mathematics and mystery in the art of Adriano Graziotti


‘Adriano Graziotti was born in 1912. He is one of the few 20th century artists who saw mathematics as a place and topic of his own achievements. Born into a very poor family, he won numerous scholarships and was able to attend the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, specialising in sculpture at the Academy of the same name in Rome. In the post-war years, he moved to the USA where he taught in various institutes and universities – Cleveland, San Francisco, Turlock, Oakland – and completed important works like the frescos in the birthplace of inventor, Thomas Edison and in the Benedictine monastery of St. Andrew in Cleveland; he also staged numerous exhibitions. In the mid-70s, Graziotti returned to Italy where he still lives. An artist with a solid background – he is a painter, sculptor, engraver and modeller – over the years he focused his attention to an increasing degree on that typically Renaissance trait of combining art and mathematics, in the conviction that objects and mathematical reasoning have a profound aesthetic value. On show at the exhibition is the “Magic pan-quadrate of vampires”, the point of arrival of the numerological research of Adriano Graziotti, together with other paintings in which mathematical being and concepts are visually rendered and interpreted. The exhibition also presents numerous polyhedrons, another field of research of our artist. In possession of very sharp and equally precise spatial intuition, Graziotti has discovered 22 new polyhedrical forms and 120 ways of inscribing the 5 regular polyhedrons one inside the other.’


18 Agosto 1996 - 24 Agosto 1996


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