Vincentiu Grigorescu

Geometrie Casuali I, 1973-1975, oil on canvas, 70×70 cm

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Vincentiu Grigorescu (1923 – 2012) studied architecture and arts in Bucharest. In the late 1940s, he dedicated himself to graphic design, becoming one of the leading creators of postal stamps. Driven by his constant struggle to break free from the impositions of Socialist Realism, he became drawn to geometric expression and abstraction.

In 1972, after participating in exhibitions abroad, he sought political asylum in Italy, where he went on to reside and work for forty years in Milan and Castelnuovo Magra (Liguria). He had never returned to Romania. During the 1970s and the 1980s, Vincentiu Grigorescu established a close collaboration with gallery owner Zita Vismara in Milan, who organized his most significant exhibitions from that period. Additionally, he held a major solo show in 1975 at the Galleria d’Arte Moderna (GAM) in Turin, curated by Angelo Dragone. He consistently garnered recognition from notable art critics such as Gillo Dorfles, Alberto Veca, Angelo Dragone, Ottorino Villatora, and Marzia Ratti, the director of CAMeC in La Spezia, Italy.

His collaboration with Marzia Ratti over the last two decades placed him within the realm of Italian Abstraction, aligning him conceptually with esteemed figures like Alberto Burri, Enrico Castellani, Lucio Fontana, and Piero Manzoni. His works and interventions on canvas and other painting materials positioned him alongside the “triad” of Manzoni, Castellani, and Bonalumi.

Following his passing in 2012, his works featured the same year in the exhibition “Superfici Sensibili – Dialoghi con il Supporto,” curated by Marzia Ratti at CAMeC in La Spezia. This exhibition showcased a selection of renowned modern and contemporary Italian artists.


MNAR (National Museum of Art), Bucharest, MNAC (Contemporary Art Museum), Bucharest, GAM (Galleria d’Arte Moderna), Torino, CAMeC (Centro d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea della Spezia), La Spezia, MARe (Muzeul de Arta Recenta), Bucharest

E.G.Robinson, W. Rogers, F. Shakespeare, F. von Thyssen, M. Pierborg, S. Brody, L. Pomini, P. Capitini, F. Wojda and others

Catalogue ‘Art in Embassies Exhibition’, United States Embassy, Bucharest | Art in Embassies, U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C., 2016
OEUVRES | Vincentiu Grigorescu, Fundatia Joana Grevers, Bucharest 2014
Dialoghi con il supporto. Territori di contatto fra percosi di ricerca. Dedicatto a Vincentiu Grigorescu. Marzia Ratti, 2012
Pensando alla “natura morta” | R. Crivelli, Galleria San Marco, Seregno 1985
Vincentiu Grigorescu | Alberto Veca, Vismara Arte Contemporanea, Milano 1980
Le geometrie casuali | Alberto Veca, Gala International – Attualita e informazione visiva, a. XIII, n.77, pg. 40-41, May 1976
Vincentiu Grigorescu | Gilo Dorfles, Galleria Vismara, Milano 1976
Vincentiu Grigorescu | Angelo Dragone, Galleria D’Arte Moderna Torino, Torino 1975
Vincentiu Grigorescu et sept autres artistes roumains | J. Pigeon, La libre belgique, 8 January 1974
Vincentiu Grigorescu: d’etonnantes tapisseries a Bruxelles | J. Pigeon, La libre belgique, 17 May 1974
Pittori e scultori romeni all Promotrice | La Stampa, 1 marzo 1969



Geometrie Casuali
418 Gallery, Munich

Le grande tele
418 Gallery, Cetate, RO

Strati | Layers
Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Bucharest

Le tele II
418 Gallery, Bucharest

Le tele I
418 Gallery, Bucharest

Vincentiu Grigorescu
Unicredit Project Expozitei F1 in collaboration with 418 Gallery, Bucharest

Vincentiu Grigorescu
Galleria Xenia of Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Budapest, HUN

La Scoperta del Colore | Ultime Opere
Spazio Espositivo Liceo Artistico Statale della Spezia, Palazzo Comunale di Castelnuovo Magra, IT

Generazione anni Venti
Castello di San Giorgio della Spezia, IT

Works 1967-2001
Centro S. Allende della Spezia and Castello Doria di Porto Venere, IT

Solo show
Galleria Arte Contemporanea, Lugano,

Solo show
Galleria San Marco, Seregno – Milan, IT

Vincentiu Grigorescu
Curated by Alberto Veca, Vismara Arte Contemporanea, Milan, IT

Solo show
Curated by Gillo Dorfles, Vismara Arte Contemporanea, Milan, IT

Solo show
Curated by Angelo Dragone, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Turin, IT

Solo show
Studio A, Milan, IT

Solo show
Brussels, BEL

Other solo exhibitions before leaving Romania (1972)
Bucharest, Dusseldorf, Ala, Uppsala, New York, Lingkoping, Milan, Copenhagen, Biella, Bologna, Bruxelles


418GALLERY, Munich

Worlds on Paper
418GALLERY, Munich

418 Gallery, Cetate – RO

9 Years of Art | 9 Romanian Artists
418 Gallery, Bucharest

Structure & Energy II | The Power of Abstraction
418 Gallery, Bucharest

Structure & Energy I | The Need for Abstraction
418 Gallery, Bucharest

Superfici Sensibili | Dialogo con il supporto
Alberto Burri, Enrico Castellani, Lucio Fontana, Piero Manzoni
Curated by Marzia Ratti, CAMEC della Spezia, IT

Other group exhibitions
Rome, Milan, Turin, London, Geneva, Mexico, Moscow, Beijing, Warsaw, Prague, Paris, New Delhi, Montreal, Quebec, Bagdad, Sofia, Havana