Trained at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome by Leoncillo and Fazzini, Mario Ceroli began his career as a ceramist. At the centre of his work lies the concept of Homo Faber, capable of creating a form out of an idea through a particular type of savoir faire. Following a visit to Assisi during which he discovers Giotto, Mario Ceroli begins to draw wooden silhouettes – his material of predilection which he transforms or associates with different elements: wood burned with straw or lead glass. Through this, he takes fully part in Arte Povera’s poetry. He quickly achieved great recognition as the recipient of the Young Sculpture Award from the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome (1958) and as a major player in the Roman cultural scene. He established himself in the 1960s as a master of Italian Pop Art and Arte Povera, contributing to the reshaping of the artistic language of his time and favoring the development of installation. His works are present in numerous public collections, including the Centre Pompidou with the Cassa Sistina, for which he received the Sculpture Prize at the 1966 Venice Biennale.
Founded in Florence in 1981 by Roberto Casamonti, Tornabuoni Art has exhibition spaces in Crans-Montana, Milan, Forte
Dei Marmi, Paris and London. Specialising in Post-War Italian art, the gallery presents the work of artists such as Fontana, Burri, Castellani, Bonalumi, Boetti, Scheggi and Manzoni. Tornabuoni Art also has a permanent collection of signi cant works by major twentieth-century Italian artists, such as Giorgio de Chirico, Morandi, Balla and Severini, as well as international avant- garde masters. Complementing its focus on Italian art, the collection also features the work of young contemporaryartists, such as Francesca Pasquali and the Italy-based Armenian artist Mikayel Ohanjanyan.
The gallery also works closely with museums, artists’ estates and institutions and has established itself as an advisor for both private and public collections.
Carla Accardi • Valerio Adami • Afro Basaldella • Giacomo Balla • Alberto Biasi • Alighiero Boetti • Agostino Bonalumi • Alberto Burri • Massimo Campigli • Giuseppe Capogrossi • Carlo Carra • Enrico Castellani • Mario Ceroli • Dadamaino • Giorgio de Chirico • Piero Dorazio • Lucio Fontana • Emilio Isgrò • Jannis Kounellis • Alberto Magnelli • Piero Manzoni • Marino Marini • Giorgio Morandi • Francesca Pasquali Arnaldo Pomodoro • Paolo Scheggi