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Almine Rech

Turi Simeti

Born in 1929 in Sicily, Turi Simeti settled in Rome in 1958, where he regularly visited Alberto Burri's workshop. He started painting and made his debut amongst the artists of the Art Informel movement. In 1960 in Milan, Simeti met Fontana, Manzoni, Castellani and Bonalumi. In this climate of vibrant dialogue, the artist took part in the changes occurring at that time in European art history. Simeti's first Milanese years led to a considerable number of experiences where the surface of his canvases became a space to be conquered with radical elements, drawn both from minimalism and the notion of the monochrome. Simeti creates in his works different types of tension on several formats, frequently relying on small-scale canvases to produce startling dimensions. Employing the motif of the oval, he has attempted to develop an irregular writing system that liberates the surface of the canvas from the principles of materiality, allowing nothing but silence.

Selected artworks

  • Turi Simeti,                                      Trittico nero, 1976

    Turi Simeti Trittico nero, 1976

    Acrylic on canvas
    120 x 88 cm

  • Turi Simeti,                                      3 ovali bianchi, 1978

    Turi Simeti 3 ovali bianchi, 1978

    Acrylic on canvas
    100 x 100 cm

  • Turi Simeti,                                      13 ovali bianchi, 2013

    Turi Simeti 13 ovali bianchi, 2013

    Acrylic on shaped canvas
    200 x 150 cm

  • Turi Simeti,                                      Un ovale nero, 1978

    Turi Simeti Un ovale nero, 1978

    Acrylic on shaped canvas
    140 x 140 cm

  • Turi Simeti,                                      Due ovali bianchi, 2014

    Turi Simeti Due ovali bianchi, 2014

    Acrylic on shaped canvas
    150 x 200 cm

Museum exhibitions

Selected press