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Proferio Grossi

by on February 18, 2015

Proferio Grossi, deceased ‘Nature Morte’ artist Italian (1923 – 2000).

Proferio Grossi was born in Vignale di Traversetolo, Parma hill country,  on March 1st, 1923.  He died on November 4, 2000. Skilled ‘portrait’ painter of the ‘Nature Morte’ or Still life.  He had an innate sense of design, composition and color.  After his classical studies at Parma he moved to Milan where he attended the University Bocconi followed by the famous Accademia di Brera.  Here he became the favorite pupil of Atanasio Soldati.  In 1948 Grossi joined the MAC (Concrete Art Movement). In 1954 he had his first solo show in Studio B24 in Milan.  In 1957 the first Concrete Art Exhibition was held in Gallery Schettini.  Grossi became best known for his paintings of objects.  He had numerous solo exhibitions as well as group exhibition  including the Camattini of Parma in 1960 to his last in Suzzara in 2000.  In 1986 Grossi was invited to create a painting for the celebration of the 6th Centenary of the founding of the Duomo in Milan.  Grossi was president of Parma artists for ten years from 1980 to 1990.  Among various awards received: 1992 – Academy of the Medici Florence, 1994 – the prize Fern Bologna.  He illustrated covers of magazines and books.  Grossi created Frescoes which can be  seen in the church of Santa Maria del Rosario in Parma (altar pieces), the church of Guardasone (Madonna of drivers), locality of the province of Parma where he built his castle like mansion in the late 1960’s where he spent the summer months.  Grossi stayed in Milan in the winter months. Proferio Grossi died in the Maggiore Hospital of Parma on November 4th, 2000 at the age of 77.  On December 6, 2008 the city of Traversetolo the City Council Hall made a permanent exhibition of 28 paintings donated by the heirs of Grossi.

There were many Italian artists who painted in the ‘Nature Morte’ surrealistic style of Proferio Grossi, including:
D. NOGA as well as bass Opera singer, Dario Caselli and Guido Garzotti

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