Gilberto Zorio
Artistic currents

Gilberto Zorio was born in 1944 in Andomo Micca. After studying at the Accademia Albertiana in Turin, he was one of the main exponents of Arte Povera, which is part of the more general tendency to procedural art, an art that lays bare its elements and procedures, reveals itself in its making and replaces the traditional representation with the direct presentation of materials. Energy is the constant that runs through the entire work of Gilberto Zorio. The star, a recurring cosmic figure in the work of Gilberto Zorio, appears in 1972 for the first time in a work in which an animal skin becomes a self-portrait of the same artist (the star is instead of eyes). Incandescent wire (1970), javelin (1971), laser beam (1975) are the energy carriers that build the star shape from time to time. Vases, basins and crucibles, such as glass and lead stills, constitute alchemical processes of transformation. Since 1967 Zorio has participated in the main exhibitions of Arte Povera and countless are his exhibitions, personal and collective, in public and private spaces. Among other things: in 1976 he had a solo show at the Kunstmuseum in Lucerne, then exhibited in numerous museums such as the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (1979), the Galleria Civica in Modena and the Kunstverein in Stuttgart (1985), the Centre d'Art Contemporain in Geneva and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris (1986), the Philadelphia Tyler School of Art (1988), the Fundacao de Serralves in Porto (1990), the Valencian Institute of Modern Art in Valencia (1991), the Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea Pecci in Prato (1992), Documenta in Kassel (1992), the Galleria Civica d'Arte Contemporanea in Trento (1996), the Dia Center for the Arts in New York (2001).