Turi Simeti, Alcamo, Sicily 1929 - 2021 Milan
Turi Simeti was born in Alcamo, Sicily in 1929. As a self-taught painter, he settled in Rome in 1958, where he became acquainted with Alberto Burri and visited his workshop regularly. He is best known for his minimalist, monochromatic works, often featuring the shape of an oval protruding from beneath the surface of the canvas. Working alongside Yves Klein and Piero Manzoni, he was a key member of the Italian branch of the Zero art movement and was also associated with Spatialism in the 1960s and 1970s, taking inspiration from the works of Lucio Fontana. In 1965, Simeti’s work was exhibited alongside other Zero artists in Fontana’s studio in Milan in an exhibition entitled ‘ZERO Avantgarde’. Throughout his career, he was exhibited internationally in the MAM in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as well as solo exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim in New York and the Peggy Guggenheim in Venice.