Paolo Scheggi

(1940 - 1971)

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Paolo Scheggi was born in Florence in 1940, was formed at the State Institute of Art and then at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence. He began to travel between London and Rome, where he discovered the works of Mondrian and Arp and dedicated himself to philosophical studies. He founded the magazine "Il Malinteso”, presented by Sartre, in which an investigation was carried out into the problems of plastic language. Scheggi went beyond the experiences of Cubism, of the European informal style, adding references to categories of thought, which became elements of creative language: mass – void, inside - outside, addition - subtraction, and affirmation - negation. His works were defined by gashes, holes, grooves and undulations in the material, interlocking and overlapping canvas, creating effects of multiplied depth. To this he added monochrome, which became the common thread of his research, coming into contact with the exponents of ​​programmed and kinetic languages, such as Castellani, re-formulating the spatialism of Fontana. In 1965 he participated in Art Rental at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the following year, at the mere age of 26, at the Venice Biennale. In his last years of work, conceptual tension was powerful, due also to his links with Agnetti. He subsequently added to his research his attempts of architectural plastic integration, with which Scheggi wanted to literally transform environments, placing increasing importance on the relationships among the public, work and environmental context.