Our good-bye to Arcangelo Ianelli

By , May 31, 2009 10:52 pm
Glass Mosaic Tile Mural by Arcangelo Ianelli / Vidrotil

Unfortunately we kick-off our blog with a sad note. Artist Arcangelo Ianelli, 86, passed away this last Tuesday. Ianelli was one of the most respected contemporary artists from Brazil with works displayed in art museums throughout the world.

In the course of a career of 60+ years that he began as a self-taught draftsman, Ianelli produced paintings, sculptures and illustrations. Initially his painting was figurative and portrayed cityscapes, seascapes and scenes from everyday life in a range of subdued tones. From there it went to informal abstraction in the 1960s, before landing in geometric abstraction with overlapping and interpenetrating monochromatic squares that form tonal fields.

Arcangelo Ianelli showed his work in group exhibitions that included eight editions of the renowned São Paulo International Biennial as well as in solo exhibitions throughout Brazil and beyond, in Bonn, Berlin, Madrid, Mexico City, Milan, Munich, New York, Paris, Rome, and Washington, D.C.

Vidrotil is honored to have taken part in Ianelli’s portfolio.  In the early 90’s, the artist adapted his geometric abstraction in the creation of the design that guided the assembly, at the Vidrotil mosaic workshop, of the glass mosaic mural you see in the picture above.

With this short note, we pay a tribute to Arcangelo Ianelli.  Brazil lost one of its greatest masters – an artist who left a formidable body of works that will be appreciated by generations to come.

You can sample more of Ianelli’s great production clicking here.
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