Turi Simeti Italian, b. 1929
Turi Simeti is an Italian painter affiliated with Spatialism and the ZERO group. Known for his Minimalist, monochrome canvases, he worked alongside other members of the avant-garde such as Yves Klein and Piero Manzoni. Semeti was born on August 5, 1929, in Alcamo, Italy and moved to Rome in 1958. There, he met the famed abstract painter Alberto Burri, who was a significant influence on the young artist. Simeti began developing his signature single-color, shaped paintings, most often in the form of the oval, that explore the formal properties of light and color.
In 1965, he was included in “ZERO Avantgarde,” an exhibition of young Italian artists held at Lucio Fontana’s atelier in Milan. After this, he had solo exhibitions around the world, such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice. He currently lives and works in Milan, Italy.