Fausto Melotti Italy, 1901-1986


Fausto Melotti (b. 1901, Roverto, Italy; d. 1986, Milan, Italy) studied art and architecture in Milan and received a PhD in electro-technology. Melotti then moved to Turin where he worked as an assistant to the sculptor Piero Canonica. In 1928, he enrolled at the Academia di Belle Arti di Brera, in Milan, where he met artist Lucio Fontana, who would remain an influential lifelong friend. Melotti had his first solo exhibition in 1935 at Galleria del Milione in Milan, where he exhibited sculptures influenced by the relations between music and mathematics. Like Lucio Fontana, Melotti’s Milan studio was destroyed by allied bombing during the Second World War. During the 1940s, he began a two-decade long collaboration on the publication Domus founded by architect and designer Gio Ponti. Throughout his life, he exhibited widely and took on many official commissions which won him many prizes. He died in Milan in 1986, when a day later he was awarded the Golden Lion by the Venice Biennial Committee.