Franco Angeli was born in Rome in 1935 from a family tied to the socialist tradition. Angeli began working in art in the mid-1950s as a reaction to the devastation of WWII and as a platform to expose his leftist/communistic views.
At the age of twenty, in 1955, Franco Angeli started his artistic career at Edgardo Mannucci’s studio, where he stayed until 1957. During these years he got in touch with the work of Alberto Burri and the Informal Art movement, from where he took the idea to use dark materials covered with torn, scratched nylon and monochrome canvas. In 1959 Franco Angeli exhibited for the first time in a group exhibition at the “La Salita” Gallery in Rome, which allowed him to get in contact with artists such as Renato Guttuso, Jannis Kounellis, Fabio Mauri and Pino Pascali.

In 1960 Angeli had his first solo exhibition at “La Salita” Gallery, followed by a collaboration with Bruce Conner, Christo and Kudo in 1963. He has also presented works with Maurizio Calvesi at the Biennale di Venezia, with La Lupa and Quarder Dollar. During 1968-70 Franco Angeli participated in the political and artistic fervour caused by the Vietnam War. Known for his reckless lifestyle, he was permitted to enter as a new member to the School of Piazza del Popolo, an independent group of “cursed” artists. He found his partner in life Livia Lancellotti in 1975, who gave him his daughter Maria in 1976. During the 1980s Angeli was more attracted by stylized figures portraying childhood symbols and obelisks, capitals and dessert squares. Franco Angeli passed away at the age of 53 in Rome on November 12, 1988.

Franco Angeli, Marina (particular), 1986-88
Mixed media on canvas, 60 × 80 cm

Franco Angeli, Marina (particular), 1986-88
Mixed media on canvas, 60 × 80 cm

Franco Angeli was born in Rome in 1935 from a family tied to the socialist tradition. Angeli began working in art in the mid-1950s as a reaction to the devastation of WWII and as a platform to expose his leftist/communistic views.
At the age of twenty, in 1955, Franco Angeli started his artistic career at Edgardo Mannucci’s studio, where he stayed until 1957. During these years he got in touch with the work of Alberto Burri and the Informal Art movement, from where he took the idea to use dark materials covered with torn, scratched nylon and monochrome canvas. In 1959 Franco Angeli exhibited for the first time in a group exhibition at the “La Salita” Gallery in Rome, which allowed him to get in contact with artists such as Renato Guttuso, Jannis Kounellis, Fabio Mauri and Pino Pascali.

In 1960 Angeli had his first solo exhibition at “La Salita” Gallery, followed by a collaboration with Bruce Conner, Christo and Kudo in 1963. He has also presented works with Maurizio Calvesi at the Biennale di Venezia, with La Lupa and Quarder Dollar. During 1968-70 Franco Angeli participated in the political and artistic fervour caused by the Vietnam War. Known for his reckless lifestyle, he was permitted to enter as a new member to the School of Piazza del Popolo, an independent group of “cursed” artists. He found his partner in life Livia Lancellotti in 1975, who gave him his daughter Maria in 1976. During the 1980s Angeli was more attracted by stylized figures portraying childhood symbols and obelisks, capitals and dessert squares. Franco Angeli passed away at the age of 53 in Rome on November 12, 1988.

franco angeli Works

Franco Angeli: unique artworks and limited edition serigraphs.

Two different types of works of art created by Franco Angeli are available at The Strip Gallery:

  1. Unique pieces on canvas, paintings made in a single copy, signed and archived in the Franco Angeli Archive (Rome);
  2. Limited edition serigraphs, with the authentic signature of Franco Angeli and the numbering in pencil at the bottom.

 

Franco Angeli, Marina, 1986-88

Franco Angeli

Marina, 1986-88

Mixed media on canvas

60 x 80 cm

Franco Angeli, No title (X), 1986-88

Franco Angeli

No title (X), 1986-88

Mixed media on canvas

60 x 80 cm

Franco Angeli, No title, 1986-88

Franco Angeli

No title, 1986-88

Mixed media on canvas

60 x 80 cm

Franco Angeli, Piramide, 1986-88

Franco Angeli

Piramide, 1986-88

Mixed media on canvas

80 x 60 cm

Frango Angeli ”Senza Titolo”

Franco Angeli

No title, 80s

Screen printing on paper

70 × 85 cm

Edition es. 125 + L

franco angeli News

Franco Angeli

The Strip Gallery is proud to show you four new great original artworks on canvas by Italian pop artist Franco Angeli (Rome 1935-1988).

The four new original works of art for sale come with the certificate of authenticity issued by the Franco Angeli Archive (Rome). Wonderful artworks, mixed techniques on canvas with the use of enamels and acrylics on canvas.

Franco Angeli

“Beauty, grace, popular, Roman, direct emanation of life, autobiographical appendix and at the same time ‘other’ that transcends it, self-portrait and epochal portrait in perfect synergy of references”: thus described the painting of Franco Angeli, the poet, writer and journalist Goffredo Parise, one who certainly knew a lot about art and artists, having known and frequented many personally.

Franco Angeli

Franco Angeli Half Dollar is one of the subjects most frequently portrays in Angeli’s artworks. As for Andy Warhol’s Marylin, for Angeli, the half dollar becomes an identifying mark to be reproduced in series, like the American Pop Art obsession for the repetitiveness.

Why the half dollar?

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