Giuseppe Uncini

Giuseppe Unicini was an Italian artist. He studied in Urbino and in 1953 Uncini moved to Rome, invited by sculptor Mannucci, who received Uncini in his studio, giving him the chance of meeting Afro, Burri, Cagli, Capogrossi, Colla, De Kooning, Leoncillo, Marca Relli and Turcato. In 1957, he began his cycle of works entitled Terre, which were boards covered with oil, tempera, calc-tufa, sand, ash and earth. But the turning point in Uncini’s artistic development was in 1958, when he created his first Cementarmato, an object-work built with cement. Uncini’s first important solo exhibition was presented at Galleria l’Attico in Rome in 1961. In 1962, together with Biggi, Carrino, Frascà, Nato, Pace and Santoro, Uncini founded the Gruppo Uno, which dissolved in 1967. 
From 1962 to 1965, Uncini continued his research on his Ferrocementi, in which the cement that was spread created neuter surfaces while the iron rod created a kind of spatial opposition between line and surface on the cement. 
In 1965, Uncini made a group of works, Strutturespazio, which he presented at the 1966 Venice Biennial. Later, Uncini created a series of works, Mattoni, whose solid architectonic shapes interacted with their own shadows, which were also concrete objects. 
The ’80s were represented by Dimore, surfaces that created an architectonic landscape: buildings, doors, windows and thresholds; all of them with their shadows. In 1984, Uncini presented a solo room at the Venice Biennial. In 2001, an important retrospective on Uncini’s work was presented at the Stadtische Kunsthalle of Mannheim.
In September 2002, two important solo exhibitions were presented, one of them, at Galleria Christian Stein and the other, at Galleria Giò Marconi in Milan.


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