Lucio Fontana

Lucio Fontana was born in 1899 in Rosario de Santa Fe in Argentina. He was both a sculptor and painter, and founded the spacialist movement. Fontana first trained in his father’s studio, where he learned to make ceramics, and later attended the Academy Fine Arts at the Brera. He did a course with the sculptor Adolfo Wildt, who remained one of his main stylistic references for a long time. From 1947, he settled in Milan, where he put his name to the Manifesto of Spacialism, a movement that aimed to push the limits of traditional art, making ‘the picture move beyond the frame’. This gave rise, from 1949, to Fontana’s most famous works, in which ‘holes’ and ‘cuts’ puncture monochrome canvases in one or several places, culminating with his famous series End of God (1963-1964). With his now-iconic gestures, Fontana sought a new dimension by moving literally beyond the painted surface. He died in Milan in 1968.