Giuseppe De Gregorio | Original prints, lithographs, etchings and illustrated books
Giuseppe De Gregorio (Spoleto, 11 August 1920 - Spoleto, 31 December 2007) was an Italian painter.
Born in Spoleto from a Spoleto mother and a Sicilian father, Agatino, also a painter. His paternal grandfather had been a teacher of painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Catania, but De Gregorio, contrary to family traditions, is self-taught, he does not attend art schools but is trained in his hometown in contact with the Umbrian artistic environment . His artistic activity began in the late forties. Since 1947 he has participated in both collective and personal exhibitions; for the 1st Regional Exhibition of Contemporary Art in Spoleto will have the presentation in the catalog of Leoncillo Leonardi.
He obtained his first official awards and won some prizes, including the City of Orvieto Prize in 1948.
Prominent representative of the so-called Spoleto Group, also known as the Group of six, founded in 1953 together with young artists such as Filippo Marignoli, Giannetto Orsini, Ugo Rambaldi, Piero Raspi and Bruno Toscano (strictly in alphabetical order as per themselves indicated), De Gregorio was soon reported by the most authoritative critics as one of the young promises of Italian art. His painting is presented by Francesco Arcangeli, Maurizio Calvesi, Giovanni Carandente, Enrico Crispolti, Raffaele De Grada, Mario Mafai, Carlo Munari and others.
A lively cultural climate characterized the Spoleto of those years; the happy condition of art favors the birth of the Spoleto Prize, established in 1953 also on the initiative of the same group of six. The event is aimed at promoting young artists, painters and sculptors. On this occasion De Gregorio aroused the interest of an important Roman gallery owner Bruno Sargentini of the L'Attico gallery. Thus began his success story.
He participates in important exhibitions in Italy and abroad: at the VII National Quadrennial of Art in Rome in 1956, and again at the ninth in 1966 and at the eleventh in 1986; in 1964 at the XXXII Venice Biennale and at the Fiorino Prize in Florence. In 1965 he participated in the first edition of the "National Painting Award" of Corciano, resulting in the winner, as well as, for the fourth edition.
In 1974 he moved to Florence with his family, his wife Rosa and daughter Daniela, but he always remained tied to his hometown. In 1977 the Festival dei Due Mondi dedicated a personal exhibition to him; in 1978, at the invitation of the master Giancarlo Menotti, he created the poster of the XXI Festival. In 1986 and then in 1999 he performed the manifesto for Umbria Jazz.
In 1997 he definitively returned to live in Spoleto.
He died at dawn on 31 December 2007 in his home in Spoleto.