Enzo Brunori Biography

Enzo Brunori






Enzo Brunori, painter, printmaker, and teacher, was born on July 14, 1924, in Perugia, Italy where he graduated from the Art Institute and attended the Academy of Fine Arts under the guidance of the futurist Gerardo Dottori.

Brunori was encouraged by Dottori to move to Rome and his first solo exhibition, organized by the Art Club, was mounted at the Il Pincio gallery in 1941. In the 1950s he explored various styles of painting, constantly inspired by the natural world's structure, rhythm, and vibrations.

His work was included in numerous international exhibitions and his first solo show in Milan was in 1956, at the historic Galleria del Milione. That same year, Brunori participated in the Venice Biennale and the Quadrennial. His work was accepted for the 1958 Venice Biennale and the Quadrennial of 1959.

In 1960, Brunori refused to participate in the Venice Biennale siting the degeneration of the show and was thereafter ignored by the critics. He kept painting and, in 1965, began his teaching career and went on to direct the Art Institutes of Cortina and Civitavecchia. Brunori also taught at the Academy of Fine Arts in L'Aguila and Rome.

The city of Perugia mounted a retrospective of Brunori's work in 1988. After that, he retired and led a private life until his untimely death on 13 May 1993. After his death, his life partner, Vittoria Lippi, founded the Associazione Culturale Enzo Brunori in Rome.