In gallery 2 this February, S|2 London will present a selection of works by the Brazilian artist, Alfredo Volpi. Born in Italy in 1896 and raised in São Paulo from an early age, Alfredo Volpi was one of the most significant artists working in Brazil during the early 20th century.
Volpi was largely self-taught and his painterly style transformed over time from the early influences of popular landscape painting to a highly intelligent, non-hierarchal and colourful approach to geometric abstraction. Yet, he would continue throughout his career to walk a fine line between the language of figuration and the formalist vernacular of abstraction. In Volpi’s work, a love of painting itself is married with an affinity for the local architecture of his neighbourhood Cambuci in São Paulo. He quite literally pushes at the boundaries of the buildings and colourful planes in his work, creating a unique tension and foregoing any traditional sense of perspective.
Volpi’s mark is seemingly naïve, yet erudite and his work has long deserved a recognition outside his native country, that has so far been lacking internationally. Volpi’s trademark vibrant scenes explore the nuances of the everyday, with a discerning approach to colour and shape that transforms the landmarks of his youth into urban geometric configurations. Already a distinguished icon for collectors of post-war Latin art, Volpi is known today for his personal and unerringly insightful approach to his art, cementing his position within international modernism. This exhibition will display works from the artist’s most mature and stylistically assured period, presenting works that date from the 1950s to the 1970s.