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Artwork by Renzo Vespignani
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About the Artist
Largely self taught, Renzo Vespignani worked for various literary and political periodicals, establishing a magazine called Roma, Citta Aperta. His publication focused on urban culture.
In 1961 he was a founder of the Il Pro e il Contro group of artists, rebelling against Informel painting. Although Vesignani belonged to an Italian realist movement, his depiction of reality often contained an emotional component. Vespignani was known for his portrayal of modern cities to include railways running through urban areas. A catalogue raisonne of his etchings has been configured.
First exhibiting in Rome in 1945, he took part in many national and international group exhibitions to include the Venice Biennale in 1950, at which time he was awarded the Bennati prize for engraving. Vespignani also was part of that same Biennale in 1952 and 1954, as well as the Rome Quadriennale (1955 and 1959), receiving the City of Rome prize. While participating in the Sao Paulo Biennale in 1951 and 1959, he received the drawing prize in 1951. He also exhibited at the Biennale des Jeunes in Paris in 1959. In 1961 he was awarded the Fiesole prize.