Achille Perilli

Italian, born 1927  Biography

Achille Perilli is an Italian painter, born in Rome in 1927.

As a young painter, Perilli belonged to the pioneers of abstract painting in Italy. He attended grammar school in 1945, and later enrolled in the Faculty of Humanities and prepared a thesis on Giorgio De Chirico, although he never graduated. In 1947, he cofounded, along with Italian artists Attardi, Consagra, Dorazio, Guerrini, Accardi, Sanfilippo and Turcato, a Marxist group called Gruppo Forma 1. The group composed the "Forma 1" Manifesto, which restored form to its primacy in art.

In 1948, Perilli participated in the National Exhibition of Fine Arts in Rome.

Perilli's work, featuring strong and bright colors, contains a very geometric style. His paintings display cubist images, which prove to be ambiguous and labyrinthine. The mind games that the painter play are based on change of perspective, so that the observer must continually correct his perception. 

Until the present day, Achille Perilli, who lives in Italy, has remained true in his development of geometric irrationality.

Tempera on paper
13 x 15 ½ inches
18 ¼ x 20 ½ inches framed
Signed and dated lower right: Perilli 57
Executed 1957