Guerrino Tramonti – Ceramics in Urbino, 1930-1970

September 2-30, 2010
Urbino – Italy

Italian Ceramics - Plate by artist Guerrino Tramonti (1974) - Photo credits: www.tramontiguerrino.itCelebrated as one of the most important Italian artist of the 20th century, Guerrino Tramonti was a a ceramicists, a sculptor and a painter.

This retrospective exhibition displays more than 60 ceramics made between 1930 and 1970, the highest peak of Tramonti’s artistic production.

The terracotta sculptures, ceramics, and stoneware on display in Urbino show the strong personality of a man who always interpreted his time with a powerful, Mediterranean modernity. He won his first prize at sixteen and since then he never stopped exploring new trends and new techniques, with enthusiasm and talent.

Born in Faenza in 1915, Guerrino Tramonti moved to Rome in the Forties.
He had already won many prizes with his works, this allowing him to be immediately welcomed in the artistic environment of the capital.

Italian Ceramics - Bronze head by artist Guerrino Tramonti (1944) - Photo credits: www.tramontiguerrino.itBetween the Thirties and the Forties he was influenced by Arturo Martini and the “archeological” nostalgia, especially for Etruscan art.

After World War II he observed the work of Riccardo Gatti and Pietro Melandri in Faenza, who were very much into lusterware. He soon gave his own interpretation of this sophisticated technique, while creating also some outstanding majolicas covered in thick glazes.
His primitive designs and shapes and his simple color palette – yellow, red, white and pale blue – were certainly a tribute to Guido Gambone, whom he considered to be the best ceramicist of his century.

In the Fifties he was appointed Director of the Art Institute in Castelli, Abruzzo. Italian Ceramics - Panel by artist Guerrino Tramonti (1952) - Photo credits: www.tramontiguerrino.itHere he started experimenting with his students and fellow artists and came up with “The third ceiling of San Donato” a 100 square meter large ceiling made of 265 large ceramic tiles, a modern tribute to the “ceramic Sistine Chapel” of the little chuch of San Donato in Castelli.

His decorative disks also belong to this artistic phase. He complemented his taste for archaism, with the lessons of Picasso, Braque and Catalan medieval painting, as well described by Prof. G.C. Bojani, curator of the exhibition and author of the catalogue. Tramonti canceled the perspective from his circular shapes and chose to break the unity of the images thru the use of crackle finishes, technical initiatives that became his aesthetic signature.

Italian Ceramics - Bowl by artist Guerrino Tramonti (1968) - Photo credits: www.tramontiguerrino.itHis last ceramics are dominated by Far Eastern influences. China, Japan and Korea offered their cultural hints, that Tramonti filtered with the formal purism that was very popular in the Sixties and Seventies. He worked very much with stoneware, that better fit his need to “sculpt” his ideas.

Tramonti stopped making pottery at the end of the Seventies because he thought that he “couldn’t do better than that”. He painted instead, changing the medium, but certainly not his power of expression.  A small collection of his paintings on display at the exhibition offers a positive comparison between the different and complementary mediums used by this great artist.

Guerrino Tramonti. Ceramiche in terra d’Urbino, 1930-1970
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  1. I cannot find an image of a black striped decanter with cork cover with the words Vod- Ka on either side of the mouth..made in the 1970’s by Franco Pozzi.. Ceramica seems to be part of a bar I see others with different geometric designs..and a coffee pot with black & white stripes but no decanter..can you assist?

    I would be grateful!


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