Fabio Mauri is one of the most prominent voices of the Italian avant garde of the post war period. He lived between Bologna and Milan until 1957, when he moved to Rome. In 1942, he started the magazine Il Setaccio (The Sieve) with his friend Pier Paolo Pasolini. He taught Aesthetics of experimentation at the Academy of Fine Arts of L’Aquila for 20 years. He was invited to the Venice Biennale in 1954, 1974, 1978, 1993, 2003, 2013 and 2015, and to Documenta (13th Edition) in Kassel in 2012.
Several important themes can be found in Mauri’s work, all shaped into his works of art: the Screen, the Prototypes, the Projections, the Photography as Painting, the substantial Identity of Expressive Structures, the lasting relationship between Thought and World and between Thought as World. Mauri’s work, as complex as an history essay, becomes his autobiography, compact and uniform in its development and multifaceted in the attention to the contemporary world: an analysis where the fate of the individual and history co-exist.
In 2009 he was made Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic by Giorgio Napolitano, the President of the Italian Republic. On the 20th of May of the same year, after receiving the news of Fabio Mauri’s passing, Napolitano expressed his condolences to the family with a message in which he stated that “Fabio Mauri’s intense activity of artistic creation, committed to the never-ending quest for and openness to the new, and his engagement in the promotion of culture (…) made him one of the most prominent voices of the Italian artistic and cultural scene”.