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Among the foremost Brazilian artists of his generation, Amadeo Luciano Lorenzato is considered one of the greatest personalities of the visual arts of Minas Gerais. Largely a self-taught painter, Lorenzato developed a singular body of paintings centered on his fastidious observations of the everyday subjects he encountered in his hometown of Belo Horizonte, Brazil. His aim was not to replicate his environment, but rather to translate it through a simplified vision of reduced geometric forms utilizing rich, handmade pigments and defined brush strokes.

Born in 1900 to Italian parents who immigrated to Brazil in the last decade of the nineteenth century, Lorenzato began working as a painter’s assistant in 1910. With the epidemic of Spanish influenza, which hit the capital in the late 1920s, Lorenzato’s family returned to Asiero, Italy, where the young émigré became a wall painter in the reconstruction of the town.

In 1925, Lorenzato enrolled at the Real Accademia delle Arti in Viccenza to develop his artistic practice. Eager to visit other parts of Europe, Lorenzato left the academy the following year and embarked on a year-long cycling trip across Europe with the Dutch Painter, Cornelius Keesman. This trip was of particular significance for Lorenzato, not only in that it enabled Lorenzato to absorb European culture and architecture, but also provided him with the opportunity to explore museums, encountering works by artists such as Matisse, Picasso, and Gauguin.
Following the trip, Lorenzato moved back to Italy for a short time before returning to Brazil in 1948 to start work in the construction trade in his native Belo Horizonte. After sustaining an injury to his leg in 1956, Lorenzato decided to commit himself to painting full time, until his death in 1995.

Though appreciated during his lifetime by his contemporaries, Lorenzato was long considered a regional artist, with his work remaining largely unknown outside of Brazil. The recent attention on Lorenzato’s work has led to an overdue re-examination of the artist, his place within the broader context of Brazilian modernism and international art history.

His work has been presented in numerous solo and group shows, including a large retrospective exhibition at the Museu de Arte da Pampulha, Belo Horizonte, in 1995. His most recent shows include S|2 Gallery, London (2019); David Zwirner, London (2019); Mendes Wood DM, New York (2019); Galeria Estação, São Paulo (2014), and Lorenzato: And You Can Not Even Imagine That I Am Epaminondas, Bergamin & Gomide, São Paulo (2014). His work is also in a number of public collections, such as Fundação Clóvis Salgado, Belo Horizonte; Museu de Arte da Pampulha, Belo Horizonte; Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP); Nouveau Musée National de Monaco; Pinacoteca de São Paulo, and Universidade Federal de Viçosa.

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Education
Real Accademia delle Arti, Viccenza, Italy

Selected Exhibitions
2019

Amadeo Luciano Lorenzato, S|2 Gallery, London, UK
Amadeo Luciano Lorenzato, David Zwirner Gallery, London, UK
Lorenzato, Mendes Wood DM, New York, USA
2018
Mínimo, múltiplo, comum, Estação Pinacoteca, São Paulo, Brazil 
2017
Lorenzato: Simple Singular, Minas Tênis Clube, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
2016
A Certain Look – Coleção Celma Albuquerque, Galeria Estação, São Paulo, Brazil
2014
Lorenzato, the grandeur of modesty, Galeria Estação, São Paulo, Brazil
Lorenzato: And you cannot even imagine that I am epaminondas, Galeria Bergamin & Gomide, São Paulo, Brazil 2008
Manoel Macedo Galeria de Arte, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
2007
Manoel Macedo Galeria de Arte, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
2001
100 anos de Lorenzato, Galeria da Escola Guignard, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
2000
100 anos de Amadeo Lorenzato, Casa dos Contos, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
1996
Artistas Populares de Belo Horizonte, Centro Cultural da UFMG, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
1995
Museu de Arte da Pampulha, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
1994
Galeria da Caixa, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
1988
Manoel Macedo Galeria de Arte, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
1986
Espaço Asal, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
1984
Casa dos Contos, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
1982
Mostra Nacional de Pintura Populas, Bauru, Brazil
1981
Galeria Brasiliana, São Paulo, Brazil Exposição de Arte e Artesanato, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
1980
Gente da Terra, Paço das Artes, São Paulo, Brazil
Primitivos Mineiros, Mandala Galeria de Arte, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
1977
Galeria Memória Cooperativa de Arte, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
1976
Salão do Pequeno Quadro, Galeria da Escola Guignard, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Galeria Memória Cooperativa de Arte, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
1973
Galeria Arte e Livro, Belo Horizonte, Brazil Petit Palais, Paris, France
Third Bratislava Triennial, Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
1971
Galeria Chez Bastião, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
1970
Semana do Folclore, Galeria Minart, Belo Horizonte, Brazil Cinco primitivos, Galeria Guignard, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
1967
Minas Tênis Clube, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
1965
Salão Jovem, Minas Tênis Clube, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
1964
Minas Tênis Clube, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Collections
Fundação Clóvis Salgado, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Museu de Arte da Pampulha, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP), São Paulo, Brazil
Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, Monaco
Pinacoteca de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Viçosa, Brazil


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