Giuseppe Uncini - Buy or sell works
1929, Fabriano (Italy) - 2008, Trevi (Italy)
Giuseppe Uncini laid the groundwork for a new type of sculpture not only by using new materials that contrasted with those of traditional sculpture, but also by striving to use a constructed work to represent form alone, with no deeper meaning.
Uncini moved to Rome in 1953, where international trends and the leading representatives of Italian Informalism were the predominant influences. However, he did not form part of this movement. Nevertheless, he did follow its traditions, and used materials such as earth and sand instead of or alongside colour, which he applied to plywood boards. He soon devoted himself to other materials and forms. He was the first painter or sculptor to work with cement and iron, materials which were typical of the construction industry in the 1950s and 1960s.
Ultimately, Giuseppe Uncini attempted to break down Informalism as a member of the artists’ group Uno, featuring Gastone Biggi, Nicola Carrino, Achille Pace and Pasquale Santoro.
His art is influenced by geometric shape, which is also intended to represent the pure meaning of his works. This interaction can be found throughout the artist’s oeuvre.
The group was interested in the relationship between art and science, and experimented with optical effects in addition to using traditional materials. In relation to this, questions of space and surroundings were also picked up by the group.
Uncini was one of the first sculptors to treat the issue of shade as a sculptural problem: shade as a space that exists and does not exist at the same time, a virtual space.
Uncini’s work was influenced by drawing, painting, sculpture and architecture. He also wanted to free his work from the weight of materials, as well as from every element of uniqueness, idea and statement.
Uncini was awarded the ‘Premio Antonio Feltrinelli per la Scultura’ by the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei in Rome in 1988. His work was exhibited at the Biennale in Venice in 1989, and in 1995 he was awarded the ‘Premio Presidente della Republica’ at the Palazzo del Quirinale in Rome.