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Achille Perilli was born in Rome on 28 January 1927. He is known for his compositions of forms that resemble the projection on a plane of parallelepipeds, but in the end are irregular and unlikely, almost unresolved to the eye. Perilli creates his works through a strong use of colour - both pleasant and rigorous - and supports his work with a deliberate "imprecision" that enhances expressiveness. He attended classical high school, enrolled in the Faculty of Literature in 1945 and graduated with a thesis on Giorgio De Chirico's metaphysical painting. With Dorazio, Guerrini, Vespignani, Buratti, Muccini, Maffioletti and Perilli he founded the Gruppo Arte Sociale (GAS); at the same time he collaborated in the birth and editing of the magazines "Ariele" and "La Fabbrica", organ of the GAS, of which only one issue was published. In 1947 he took part in the drafting of the Forma 1 manifesto (signed not only by Perilli but also by Accardi, Attardi, Consagra, Dorazio, Guerrini, Sanfilippo and Turcato), which was published in the first issue of the magazine of the same name. In October of the same year he took part in the first exhibition of the Forma 1 group at the Art Club Gallery. In 1948 he collaborated with Sottsass jr in the realisation of the first exhibition of abstract art in Italy at the Galleria di Roma. In June 1948 Perilli and Dorazio presented a report on the situation of 20th-century Italian painting at the 1st International Congress of Art Critics in Paris. In 1950 he founded, with Dorazio and Guerrini, the "Age d'Or" bookshop-gallery; the first technical-informative contemporary art notebook Forma 2 was published by "Age d'Or". The first and only issue is a "Homage to V. Kandinsky", with texts by Max Bill, Nina Kandinsky, Enrico Trampolini and others; Perilli's essay was dedicated to Kandinsky's handwriting. The "Age d'Or", in collaboration with the Art Club, also organised the exhibition of Abstract and Concrete Art in Italy (the first complete review of Italian abstract art) which was held in February at the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna. The artist, again together with Dorazio and Guerrini, produces issue 4 of the architecture magazine "Spazio", entirely dedicated to abstract art; Perilli publishes an essay entitled "Quarant'anni d'arte astratta in Italia". In the same year Lucio Fontana invited the "Age d'Or" to collaborate at the Milan Triennale: Perilli, Dorazio and Guerrini produced two large wall paintings in collaboration, which were awarded a silver medal. In 1957 Perilli exhibited at the Galleria La Tartaruga, while in 1963, presented by U.Apollonio, he showed his works at the Venice Biennale and at the same time in a personal exhibition in New York at the Galleria Bonino.Still in 1963 he took part in the meetings of the "Gruppo 63" in Palermo: he created sets, projections and costumes for the show "Teatro Gruppo 63" at the Sala Scarlatti in Palermo. At the beginning of the 1970s he held a one-man show at the National Gallery in Prague, as well as planning numerous one-man shows in Italy and again abroad: at the Marlborough Gallery in Rome, at the Galerie Espace in Amsterdam, at the Frankfurter Westend Galerie in Frankfurt, at the Jacques Baruch Gallery in Chicago with only graphic works. He took part in the International Biennal Exhibition of Prints in Tokyo. In 1979 he organised and produced the exhibition L'avanguardia polacca 1910-1978 at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni for the City of Rome. In the 1980s Perilli took part in the creation of "Retina", an artists' magazine, where he published the manifesto Teoria dell'irrazionale geometrico. A large retrospective exhibition of his work, entitled "Achille Perilli, continuum 1947-1982", was held at the Palazzo dei Congressi of the Republic of San Marino. Subsequently he exhibited in a retrospective exhibition of the years 1969/1984 at the Paris Center in Paris entitled "Achille Perilli. L'irrazionale geometrico". In the works of the Nineties, Perilli's language is further strengthened by a bright, brilliant and lively chromatism: the forms develop in a two-dimensional condition, expanding in the space of the canvas and acquiring structures of great elegance and movement. Perilli's works qualify themselves in an absolutely abstract direction and at the same time they articulate themselves chromatically allowing the colour to argue and help the very emergence and expression of the forms.In the 2000s Perilli continued to work and exhibit in numerous collective and personal exhibitions as well as being present in important public and private collections such as: Galleria Comunale d'Arte Moderna in Rome, Palazzo delle Esposizioni (Rome), Frankfurter Westend Galerie in Frankfurt, GAM in Turin, MAMAC in Liège, Triennale in Milan, Musèe des Beaux Art, Mons, Fondazione Marconi (Milan), Italian Cultural Institute in New York and Washington D.C, National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi, Rossovermiglio Gallery in Padua, Italian Culture Institute Los Angeles, Walter Bischoff galerie inBerlin, International Art Biennale in Venice. In the year 2010 the preparation of the general catalogue of paintings began. In 2018, the monumental exhibition at the Hermitage in St. Petersburg is the crowning achievement of the career of a unique artist, whose poetic encompasses a century of the history of Abstractionism.Read more Close