Born in Turin
One of his drawings wins a painting competition and is published in a newspaper
Acting school at the Teatro Stabile in Turin
1958 – 1960
Actor in the Piccola Ribalta group of Turin; travels with the company in the Italian provinces;
writes tragedies for his theatre of plaster marionettes
Studies art at secondary school and at the School of the Nude at Turin, signs his first drawings
Travels to Paris: works as a house-painter for two weeks,spending afternoons at the Louvre
His father dies; abandons schools and destroys most of his drawings and paintings.
Urbino, Arezzo, San Sepolcro; sees Piero della Francesco
1965 – 1968
Works as a builder, house-painter, decorator, manual labourer. Travels in Europe
Paris: sees The Battle of San Romano by Paolo Uccello
Madrid: sees Las Meninas by Diego Velazquez
London: sees the cartoon of Saint Anna by Leonardo da Vinci
Travels in Morocco as far as the Sahara desert
Travels in the East as far as Baalbek: Athens, Delphi, Istanbul, Edirne, Damascus, Beirut
Torino: shows GESTA TAURINORUM
Settles in Rome
Takes up painting again, plans and designs shows for puppet theatre
Mario Signorelli produces his first show: GESTA
Plans FAUST, JESUS, DON GIOVANNI
GESTA is shown at the XIV Festival of Two Worlds at Spoleto
Meets Cesare Zavattini, Danilo Donati, Paolo Milano, Angelo Maria Ripellino,
Federico Fellini, Corrado Cagli, Goffredo Petrassi
LIBRO, an artist’s book of 36 cut-out sheets
Founds a theatre company: presents THE TRAGICAL HISTORY OF DOCTOR FAUST
by Christopher Marlowe at the Teatro Alla Ringhiera of Rome, for puppet theatre, small orchestra and a dwarf; exhibits the sketches for scenery and costumes
Plans and designs THREE FRAGMENTS FOR CHAMBER THEATRE With Claudio Taddei writes DON GIOVANNI, OR THE OPPORTUNITY OF THE PUNISHED DISSOLUTE,
for puppet theatre and some cinema screenplays Cesare Zavattini presents a selection of his drawings STUDIES 1965 – 1975 at the Rizzoli Gallery of Rome, with a text from
Zavattini’s diary, 30 August 1971
Destroys most of his drawings and paintings, abandons colour and canvas: takes a smooth white wooden board and covers it completely
with opaque Black Enamel which he takes off quickly before it dries, using signs and imprints Romolo Valli presents
THREE FRAGMENTS FOR CHAMBER THEATRE at the XVII Festival Of Two Worlds at Spoleto
Vanni Scheiwiller shows a selection of drawings STUDIES 1965 – 1975 at the Galleria dei Bibliofili in Milan
Finishes SINUSOIDE, a sequence in sixteen combinatory boards in Black Enamel: the work is destroyed apart from three fragments, FORMS
Makes a cycle of work with black ink on Pentagram SILENT SCORES
Makes the book FORMS, painting directly onto white pages bound in book form
In June, in Milan, meets Eugenio Montale who offers one of his poems for FORMS: A poet
In January, Vanni Scheiwiller publishes the Monograph SILENT SCORES with text by Goffredo Petrassi and Gilberto Bosco
Vicenza: with the lithographer Busato makes ten lithographs bound in sequence: SILENT SCORES TEN LITHOGRAPHS, with text by Goffredo Petrassi and
Giuseppe Marchiori, P.B. Padova February
SILENT SCORES are exhibited at the Galleria STUDIO Esse at Padova in February, at the GALLERIA dei
Bibliofili in Milan in June, at the Acadamia Musicale Chigiana in Sienna in August
Works based on Paolo Uccello, ORNITOLOGIA PROLEGOMENI A PAOLO UCCELLO,
PAOLO UCCELLO SELON MARCEL SHWOB, PAOLO UCCELLO PITTORE: drawings,watercolours,engravings.
Este: with the printer Fedele, engraves BEAKS, HELMETS, BATTLES, and twenty coloured etchings bound in three books
Paris: Conversations with Italo Calvino about Paolo Uccello: geometry, variations, labyrinths
Rome: makes BATTLES, Black Enamel and silver in four combinatory boards
Vanni Sheiwiller publishes PAOLO UCCELLO PITTORE, three engravings with text by Italo Calvino: Gli Uccelli di Paolo Uccello, Milan 1977
Paul Tabet presents the complete work on Paolo Uccello at the French Cultural Centre of Rome, November – December
Works on POLYPTYCH, Black Enamel, silver, gold, red, in sixteen combinatory boards.
The work, which has twenty thousand billion possible combinations, interests the mathematician Lucio Lombardo Radice. Mario Badaloni calculates the equation.
Travels in Greece: Crete, Athens, Delphi; studies, notes and drawings of labyrinths.
Creates LABYRINTHS: a hundred works on paper, pencil, ink and tempera.
Buenos Aires: conversations with Jorge Luis Borges and Paolo Viola, plans the construction of a Labyrinth of paintings, and of a library of images: BOOK WORKS.
Jorge Luis Borges agrees to write a text for LABYRINTHS.
The publisher Einaudi withdraws from project Produces ALICE by Lewis Carroll for actress
and Puppet theatre: Teatro Ennio Flaiano, Roma, in April, Teatro dell’Opera, Parma, in May;
exhibits the scenery and costume sketches.
FORMS, three fragments from SINUSOID, BATTLES and some LABYRINTHS on paper are Exhibited
at the Galleria Il Collezionista in Rome in November with the title TRIPTYCH ROME: makes a model of labyrinth
in a scale of I:I0, LABYRINTH A. Photographed in Ostia and destroyed some years later
The works on paper dedicated to Paolo Uccello are shown at the Biblioteca Italiana in Prague
in April, at the Compagnia del Disegno in Milan in June,
and at the Istituto Francese in Florence in November.
Prague: designs the characters and the mechanisms of the Marionette Chamber Theatre,
leaving their production to Jaroslav Jakubek. Produces private shows until 1989.
STUDIES ON A MARIONETTE THEATRE, ink and watercolour, are exhibited at the
Galleria Il Collezionista in Rome in March, text by Giuliana Stella.
Makes an imprint FIGURE on Black Enamel.
Begins FIGURE IN A ROOM
FIGURES, three etchings, text by Franco Ferrarotti, Vanni Shweiwiller, Milan 1979
Paints FOLDING SCREEN 1.
The work is exhibited at the Galleria Il Collezionista in Rome in December.
Establishes his studio in a house at Marrakech, and another in Paris.
Starts taking photographs.
Rome: works on FIGURE IN A ROOM, mirrored diptych in eight boards.
Marrakech: begins TIGERS, Black Enamel and gold on board, and ink on paper;
begins BOOK WORK
The Galleria Il Collezionista shows a selection of works at the FIAC in Paris in October
Meets Florence Delay, Robert Bresson, Antoine Vitez, Ushio Amagatsu,
who take interest in BOOK WORKS
Makes FIGURE IN A ROOM, Libro di Cantiere, seventy plates in pencil, bound in seven books, The Galleria Il Collezionista, Rome 1980
Finishes FIGURE IN A ROOM
Makes eighty variations on FIGURE in watercolour and pencil
FIGURE IN A ROOM is exhibited in February at the Galleria Il Collezionista in Rome,
text by Achille Bonito Oliva: The shadowy desert
1982 – 1984
Turin, Rome, Paris, Marrakech, Erg Chebbi, Castellazzo, Capri, Naples, Padova, Venice,
Salamanca, Mahabalipuram, Las Paz, Buzios, Cataratas del Iguazů: BOOK WORKS
Eleven TIGERS , Black Enamel and gold, are
Exhibited in November 1983 at the Galleria Il Collezionista in Rome, catalogue with text by Achille Bonito Oliva and Paolo Viola
Marrakech: completely covers a white sheet with Graphite Dust, removes it slowly using various cancelling tools:
makes Study for a portrait of F. H.
Begins a cycle of work with Graphite Dust:
VISITATION, LEAVE- TAKING, MYSTERIES, THESEUS, LANDSCAPES, PORTRAITS.
Phebus – Florence Sicre Editeur publishes five editions of engravings taken from BOOK WORK
Interrupts BOOK WORKS, the more than one thousand plates on paper are bound, unfinished,
in seventy-one books in the studio of Riva in Vicenza
Rome: in the studio of Russo, designs and makes fifteen sculptures in travertine stone which house the volumes of BOOK WORKS
Florence Sicre publishes in November the catalogue OEUVRES SUR LIVRES,
text by Ushio Amagatsu, Eugenio Montale, Italo Calvino, Antoine Vitez,
Florence Sicre, Goffredo Petrassi, Paolo Viola
Paris: paints FOLDING SCREEN II
Rome: makes a model of labyrinth in the scale of I:IO, LABYRINTH B
Antoine Vitez presents the complete work on Marionette theatre MARIONETTES 1971 – 1986 at the National Theatre of Chaillot, Paris;
marionettes, scenery, costumes, sketches, engravings.
Vitez writes ‘Seven poems in prose for Dario Serra’.
Begins CAPRICES AND SOLEMNITY, Black Enamel, sepia ink, watercolour and
Graphite dust, dedicated to Francesco Guardi.
Paris: BOOK WORKS is exhibited at the Salone del Libro D’Arte in October
CAPRICES AND SOLEMNITY, Black Enamel, Graphite Dust and inks: Galleria Maurice Keitelman, Brussels, October
Marrakech: founds the school of graphite dust, SKOLE’.
Nominated Knight of Arts and Letters by the French Republic
Rome: makes a model of labyrinth in the scale of I:IO, LABYRINTH C
The making of LABYRINTH begins, produced by Sinforiana Carreto Martin
Plans OMPHALOS, a drum
Rome: finishes the first part of LABYRINTH:
four polyptychs Mints a golden coin with the effigy of FIGURE
Makes four drilled sheets in gold, silver, copper, iron, with the effigy of FIGURE
Maurice Keitelman exhibits thirteen POUDRES DE CRAYON,
catalogue with text by Paul Tabet
Theatre of Cherbourg, two hundred works from 1974 – 1991 with the title
SATOR AREPO TENET OPERA ROTAS, catalogue with texts by Antoine Vitez,
Eugenio Montale, Cesare Zavattini, Paolo Viola, Guy Gilsoul, Achille Bonito Oliva,
Sergio Fedele, Mario Badaloni.
Plans PERSONA, a mask
Rome: BLACK LACQUER
Four Lacquer works and twelve Graphite Dust works are exhibited at the Studio Bocchi of Rome in June
The publishing house Pieraldo publishes ETHER AND THESEUS, lithograph and red ink in two hundred variations
Paris: finishes OMNIA, twelve sepia ink works in sequence
Laura Monachesi presents ADRIANI AMASIVS in Rome, sepia ink and Graphite Dust.
Monograph with text by Claudio Crescentini, Publisher Pieraldo, Rome 1992
Rome: JEWELS , a collection in gold, silver and diamonds with the effigy of FIGURE
Maarten Jager presents DRAWINGS, Quintessens Gallery, Utrecht, November, 1993
Rome: GARDENS, three installations of sand, stones, and jewels
Marrakech, Rome: DUST, three installations of FIGURE in graphite dust and gold dust
Christine Bonnamy presents EROTIC WORKS in Paris, inks and watercolour.
Portfolio containing four facsimili, Demonia, Paris, May, 1995
Maarten Jager presents FESTE, ink and Watercolour,
Quintessens Gallery, Utrecht, February
Los Angeles: begins the construction of OMPHOLOS with Remo. D. Belli, produced by Sinforiana Carreto Martin
SKANDA, black and red ink, made blind-folded PHALOS, four vases in clay, Black Enamel
Jan Ruys and Maarten Jager present FASTI, ink and watercolour, Villa Bloemnheuvel, Zeist, January 1999
Los Angeles: finishes OMPHALOS with the technicians of Remo U.S.A.
Antonello Ruffo di Calabria hosts the building site of OMPHALOS at the Selva di Paliano
Paints FIGURE on the membrane of OMPHALOS; the sound of Omphalos is recorded
Marrakech, Kayar, Rome: HISTORIA NATURALIS, large format work on paper with China ink
Maurice Kietelman presents a sequence of China ink works on paper HISTORIA NATURALIS
in Brussels in September and at the Fiac of Paris in October.
Catalogue with text by Guy Gilsoul
Rome: LINGAM, two vases in clay, Black Enamel, metal with gold-leaf, golden coin
Rome: makes the cast of PERSONA
2004 - 2005
Rome: GARDENS, an installation of sand, stones, jewels
Finishes the General Catalogue, curator: Barbara Crociani
Finishes and signs BOOK WORK