The Atelier of Graphics

While developing his own artistic work, Nuvolo has always maintained a craftsman’s ethic, which comes from his town’s traditional printing skill but also from intellectual consciousness of his land’s artistic ancestry.

The absolute mastery of screen printing shown in his first years in Rome (1945/50) transformed him into a valuable contributor for those Italian innovative artists featured in the Gruppo Origine and in its Arti Visive magazine, which hosted some of his first screen printing works. Nuvolo’s graphic activity started in that same magazine with the serial reproduction of two covers and two illustrations of Ettore Colla’s works and one work by Amerigo Tot. The progressive improvement of colors and screen printing frames was matched by the author’s skills and by the technical solutions he adopted, distinguishing him as a unique artist in the Italian art’s graphic production. Nuvolo was not an “executor” but a sought-after contributor who could interact and understand the best solution to adopt, sometimes with surprising results for the authors.

After an interruption of nearly a decade, Nuvolo reached the status of an artist of formal creations, both extremely personal and autonomous. Such activity started again at the request of Corrado Cagl; Nuvolo ended up covering his entire production, from the small black and white editions to chromatic renditions with an extremely high number of screen printing passages. In 1968, he started an active collaboration with the Pittarelli studio in Rome, creating exhibit catalogues and screen printing editions of the works of Ettore Colla, Mimmo Rotella, Salvatore Meo and Michelangelo Conte. In 1968, he created works for the art books of Mirko, Cagli and Guttuso. The atelier’s activity intensified when Nuvolo taught at Perugia’s Academy of Fine Arts (which he would later direct) and when he moved from Rome to Città di Castello, while a group of young and very well-known artists (such as Alberto Burri, who went back to the old “shop boy” more than 30 years later for the graphic series “Sestante”) was gathering around him. Those young artists were fuelled by the same willingness to share experiences and experimentations with Nuvolo.

 

Collaborations of Nuvolo:
Carla Accardi, Marco Bagnoli, Bizhan Bassiri, Alighiero Boetti, Daniel Buren, Alberto Burri, Corrado Cagli, Nino Caruso, Ettore Colla, Michelangelo Conte, Luciano Fabro, Pericle Fazzini, Renato Guttuso, Karpuseler, Jannis Kounellis, Sol Lewitt, Milo Manara, Umberto Mastroianni, Salvatore Meo, Mario Merz, Mirko, Giulia Napoleone, Giulio Paolini, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Vettor Pisani, Mimmo Rotella, Ettore Spalletti, Giulio Turcato.

 

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