2019 ® GR gallery

Riccardo Licata (Turin 1929 – Venice 2014)
After a brief stay in Paris, his family moved to Rome, where he lived from 1935 to 1945. In 1946 Licata moved with his mother to Venice. In 1949 he formed a group of young artists with a tendency towards abstractionism. The others were painters Ennio Finzi, Tancredi, Bruno Blenner and sculptor Giorgio Zennaro. His “graphic-pictorial writing”, inspired by music, began to take shape.
In 1950 he enrolled at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice where he attended painting courses held by Bruno Saetti. The most important art critics in Venice at the time – Giuseppe Mazzariol, Giuseppe Marchiori, Umbro Apollonio, Silvio Branzi, Berto Morucchio and Toni Toniato – began to take an interest in his work.
He took part with a large mosaic in the Venice Biennale of 1952. In 1953 he was at the Triennale in Milan and he won the First Prize for Engraving at the Biennale dei Giovani in Gorizia. The following year, in 1954, he exhibited again at the Biennale in Venice. He met Gino Severini. In 1955 he was invited to the Biennale in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and won the First Prize for Painting at the Biennale dei Giovani in Gorizia.
In 1956 he exhibited at the Quadriennale in Rome, and had a gallery of his own for his engravings at the Biennale in Venice, and also won the First Prize from the Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa. The following year he was awarded a scholarship and moved to Paris as an assistant of Gino Severini in the professorship of mosaics.
He settled in Paris in 1957 and started frequenting the studios of Stanley Hayter, Johnny Friedlaender and Henri Goetz, as well as artists and critics such as Matta, Brauner, Huntertwasser, Lebel, Jouffroy and the Italians Tancredi and Mondino.
Licata later took part in the Venice Biennales of 1964, 1970 and 1972 (partecipating at 9 Venice Biennals overall), in the Quadriennale in Rome, in the biennales of Paris, Alexandria, Sao Paulo, and in the most important international graphics biennales (Ljubljana, Tokyo, Mulhouse, Krakow, Reykjavik, Berlin, etc.).
Solo exhibitions of his works have been put on in the most important cities in Italy and in Paris, Helsinki, Sao Paulo, London, Dublin, Malmo, Mulhouse, Lille, Poitiers, Auxerre, Rouen, Barcelona, Brussels, Nice, Amsterdam, Grenoble, Taipei, Ghent, Stockholm, Munich, etc. Counting so far more then 300 solo exhibitions.

Licata, has utilized his own recognizable emblems, variously organized in geometrical areas and defining their position, thus representing proper ideograms marking his style and exploiting a vast range of solutions.

Luciano Caramel
2019 ® GR gallery