Giacomo Balla

Alternative Name(s): -
Date of Birth: July 18, 1871
Place of Birth: Turin (Torino), Piedmont, Italy
Date of Death: March 1, 1958
Focus: Painter, Sculptor, Stage designer, Designer
Art movement: Futurism / Divisionism
Nationality: Italian

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Giacomo Balla Biography

Giacomo Balla was born in Turin (Torino), Italy on July 18, 1871. He began working in a print shop at the age of nine, after the passing of his father. Balla studied art at the University of Turin before moving to Rome in 1895. Shortly after the move to Rome, Balla began working as a portrait painter, illustrator and caricaturist. Eventually, Balla’s work began gaining some recognition and was exhibited in Venice and Rome in Italy, Munich and Dusseldorf in Germany, Paris, France and Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

Balla befriended and taught fellow Italian artists Umberto Boccioni and Geno Severini. Balla was at the forefront of the Futurism movement and he even added his signature to the Futurist Manifesto in 1910. From 1913 onward, Balla decided to change the signature on his paintings to “Future Balla.” During World War I, Balla’s home became a hub for many involved in the Futurist movement. Outside of painting, Balla designed and created many other objects in the Futurist style, including vases, lamps, various other furnishings and clothing, making him one of the early influences on abstract sculpture. Balla’s work was also known for short and distinct brush strokes of the Divisionist method.

Eventually, Balla’s work gradually drifted out of the Futurist aesthetic and returned to a more representational and traditional style. Balla died in Rome on March 1, 1958.