Paolo Scheggi

Shadows and Light

Pushing the boundaries of traditional painting on canvas into new dimensions, the neo-avant-garde artist Paolo Scheggi was a key protagonist of the Italian Spatialist movement. Scheggi engaged with an array of disciplines, from architecture, fashion, and poetry to urban and theatrical performance. Yet his enduring artistic legacy lies in his pioneering investigations into the relationship between the surface and depth of the visual field. In 1962, Scheggi developed his signature and now famous Intersuperfici—monochromatic surfaces, from canvas to coloured cardboard, Plexiglas, and aluminium, each perforated with biomorphic or geometric openings and layered one on top of the other.


Despite the brevity of his career, Scheggi gained significant international recognition. Scheggi died very young, at the age of only thirty. Nevertheless, his superimposed surfaces not only captivated audiences in 1960s Milan and further afield, but with them he staked a claim upon the aesthetic ground zero to which artists of his generation aspired.


Videography by Valentin Meneveau.

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