Amadeo Luciano Lorenzato was a self-taught Brazilian painter, born at the turn of the 20th century in the bustling modern capital of Belo Horizonte. His modernist canvases are filled with movement, through his characteristic textures made with combs and forks. With a rich palette, he masterfully employed color to distill objects down to their essential forms. Having recently been rediscovered, Lorenzato's work has been reassessed and placed within the canon of Brazilian modernism.
Amadeo Luciano Lorenzato (born 1900 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil) began working as a wall painter’s assistant in 1910 until he moved with his family to Arsiero, Italy, in 1920. After studying at the Reale Accademia delle Arti in Vicenza, he moved to Rome where he met the Dutch painter Cornelius Keesman. Together they visited museums throughout Eastern Europe and Turkey, by bike. Thereafter, Lorenzato moved to Paris, working in the pavilion installation of the International Colonial Exhibition in 1931. He returned to Brazil in 1948, where he eventually dedicated himself entirely to painting. In the mid-1960s, he presented some works to the art critic Sérgio Maldonado, who then introduced him to Palhano Júnior, the organizer of his first solo exhibition, held in 1967. Lorenzato died in 1995 in Belo Horizonte.