About the artist

b. 1924 in Livorno, Italy

Lives and works in Rome, Italy and Paris, France

 

Gianfranco Baruchello explores the human psyche through drawings and paintings of symbols, systems, and words. “Every new work I make functions as a tool, a device to understand and test if my language is still working,” he once explained. A self-taught artist, his earliest works consisted of paintings based on the small details of his daily life. After moving to Paris in the early 1960s, he had a fateful meeting with Marcel Duchamp, who would become a lifelong friend. Baruchello later traveled to New York, where he met John Cage and took part in the group exhibition “New Realists” at the Sidney Janis Gallery. After inheriting an abandoned villa outside of Rome in the early 1970s, the artist established a farm where he grows crops and raises cattle and sheep. 

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