Alfredo VOLPI Brazilian, 1896-1988

Alfredo Volpi is rightly regarded as one of the most influential figures in 20th century Brazilian art. A painter whose work articulated popular themes with a sophisticated use of geometry and colour, Volpi stands at the cross-roads between the Brazilian modernismo of the 1920s and 30s and the experimental and experiential art that would emerge in the late 1950s and 60s. Volpi was considered one of the pillars of Brazilian Modernism, admired by the concrete movement and lauded by the pre-eminent critics of the day including Herbert Read and Mário Pedrosa. Few artists in Brazil have received such universal acclaim and recognition.


Volpi has exhibited widely since his first solo exhibition in 1944. That same year he participated in an exhibition of Brazilian art which toured to various UK venues, including the Royal Academy. He participated at the Venice Biennale on multiple occasions, and was a frequent exhibitor at the São Paulo Biennial. In addition he had, and continues to have, numerous museum exhibitions around the world.