Antonio Corpora

Antonio Corpora

Italian artist.
Date of Birth: 15.08.1909
Country: Italy

  1. Childhood and Youth
  2. Early Career
  3. Artistic Development
  4. Later Career
  5. Recognition

Childhood and Youth

Antonio Corpora, an Italian artist, was born in Tunisia. He spent his childhood and youth there, where he received his education in painting at an art school.

Early Career

In 1930, Corpora moved to Florence and began working on copying paintings of old masters. A year later, he relocated to Paris, where he met Alberto Giacometti and Sergio Signori. In the early 1930s, he embarked on several educational trips around Italy and Tunisia. It was during this time that his artwork started to be defined by his passion for abstract painting, filled with geometric forms and colorful stripes.

Artistic Development

In 1934, Corpora joined the art group "Les quatres" in Tunisia. During this period, his work was influenced by Henri Matisse and Georges Braque. In 1938-39, he became a professor of theatrical painting in Bologna. Throughout World War II, the artist lived and worked in Tunisia, but he returned to Italy in 1945. In the same year, together with Pericle Fazzini, Renato Guttuso, and others, Corpora formed the group Neo-Cubista.

Later Career

In 1952, Corpora became one of the founders of "Gruppo degli Otto" (Group of Eight) along with Afro Basaldella, Giuseppe Santomaso, Renato Birolli, and others. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, Corpora turned to abstract expressionism, followed by informel in the 1960s. By the 1970s, geometric forms disappeared from his canvases. Starting from 1975, the artist developed a new painting technique, involving the application of layers of sand and plaster on the canvas, over which he painted with luminous colors. Towards the end of his life, Corpora returned to painting colorful stripes and abstract geometry.


Corpora participated in the Venice Biennale four times between 1948 and 1956. His works were exhibited in Kassel, at documenta II and III in 1955 and 1959 respectively. In 1968, he received an award at the Rome Biennale. Since 2003, Corpora has been a full member of the Accademia di San Luca in Rome.