BUENO Antonio

Antonio Bueno | Original prints, lithographs, etchings and illustrated books




Antonio Bueno (Berlin, 21 July 1918 - Fiesole, 26 September 1984) was an Italian painter of Spanish origin. Born in Germany while his father was a Berlin correspondent for the ABC newspaper in Madrid, he obtained Italian citizenship in 1970.

He carried out his artistic studies in Spain and Switzerland. In 1937 he was in Paris, where he exhibited at the Salon des Jeunes; then in 1940 with his brother Xavier, he moved to Italy. After a post-impressionist experience, in the immediate post-war period he joined the lesson of Gregorio Sciltian performing trompe-l'œil works and, with Annigoni and his brother, he participated in the group "Modern Painters of Reality". An avid and restless experimenter, after these experiences he carried out numerous researches: abstract painter (1950-53) in conjunction with his work as secretary in the magazine Numero; neometaphysical with the series of paintings with plaster pipes (1953-57); realist; materiological in the wake of the Informal with a series of footprints (1960-62); signage and pop in the mid-sixties; neodada and visual painter. In the eclecticism of his production, his figures of busts and rounded heads, boys dressed in sailor suits, firefighters, reinterpretations of great works of art history, with rounded and simplified and Neotenical characteristics, remain known to the general public.

Definitive consecration of Bueno at the 1984 Venice Biennale, just a few months before his death, when he was already seriously ill: at the exhibition he presented a series of works that undoubtedly represent the summit of all his maturity production.