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Bruno Giorgi

(1905 - 1993)

Bruno Giorgi was the son of Italian immigrants. His father, name Fernando, worked in the coffee trade, and his mother was named Pia. In 1911 he/she moved, together with his family to Italy, where he/she spent the rest of his childhood, adolescence and youth. He/She soon showed his talent for design, so his mother wanted to study painting. However, he/she was enrolled in school of the sculptor Loss in Rome. For this cause, said on one occasion: "I was sculptor by deception". Bruno Giorgi did not take seriously the kinds, since he/she preferred to work with his father in the coffee business. At this stage it also began his political activities, which led him in 1931 to jail, convicted of plotting against the fascist regime of Mussolini. He/She spent four years in prison in Naples, until the extradition it got through the mediation of the Government of Getúlio Vargas . At the outbreak of the Spanish Civil war in 1936, Giorgi decided to return to Europe and settled in Paris. Their goal was twofold: maintain contact with the anti-fascist resistance and honing his craft, which attended the Ranson and Grande-Chaumière academies, and completed his studies under the direction of the sculptor Aristide Maillol. After returning to Brazil, in 1939, he/she settled in Sao Paulo and devoted himself entirely to sculpture. He/She shared a workshop with the also sculptor Joaquin Figueira, and joined the modernist movement along with other figures such as the writer Mario de Andrade and the sculptor Victor Brecheret. However, never joined any school or movement and opted for a solitary path in his art. Paradoxically, in this time of renewal Giorgi was sensitive to new trends of Brazilian architecture, promoted by the architect Oscar Niemeyer and the urban planner Lucio Costa, two of the key figures who made possible the new city of Brasilia, which contributed with some of his most important pieces to integrate Visual Arts and architecture.

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