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Orfeo Tamburi (Jesi, 28 May 1910 - Paris, 15 June 1994) was an Italian painter.
After graduating in 1926 from the Technical Institute, with a scholarship he enrolled in 1927 at an Artistic Lyceum in Rome; later he completed his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome and in 1936 went for the first time to Paris where he came into contact with some of the most important painters of the time and discovered Paul Cézanne's painting. He returned to Italy to work with Roman theaters and was commissioned to decorate the atrium of the EUR theater; participates in the Rome Quadrennial and the following year at the Venice Biennale where he has the opportunity to meet the writer Curzio Malaparte. In the following years he continued to participate both at the Rome Quadriennale and at the Venice Biennale, while at the same time setting up solo shows in the most important cities of Italy.

At the end of the Second World War he returned to Paris and from there he extended his activity taking part in personal exhibitions in Belgium, France, Switzerland and the Netherlands.

In 1949-1950, Tamburi joined the project of the important Verzocchi collection, on the theme of work, sending, as well as a self-portrait, the work La fornace. The Verzocchi collection is currently preserved at the Civic Pinacoteca di Forlì.

In 1952 he also had a brief and isolated experience as a film actor, interpreting, for the direction of Roberto Rossellini, the episode "Envy" of the film "The Seven Deadly Sins".

Back in Italy he continued to exhibit in the most important cities of the peninsula and between 1955 and 1956 he traveled to the United States where he exhibited in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York at major museums. He works as a correspondent for the American magazine "Fortune" with the task of portraying important American cities.

Back in Europe he continues to travel, visiting London for the first time in 1960 and then visiting Greece and Austria. In this period he prepares an increasing number of exhibitions in all the most important Italian cities.

In 1963-64 he exhibited at the exhibition Peintures italiennes d'aujourd'hui, organized in the Middle East and North Africa [1]. In 1964 he donated numerous works to the civic art gallery in Jesi and in '69 he founded the "Rosa Papa Tamburi" award.

In 1975 he published the "Painter's Notebook".

As the years go by, his travels continue, but he continues to exhibit his works in the most important Italian galleries in Milan, Rome, Florence and Venice.

In 1994 he died in Paris, where he had moved in the last years of his life.