Como, 1911 - 2008

Carla Prina

Carla Prina, an abstract Italian painter from Como, Italy was an influential figure known for her bold and vibrant geometric compositions.

Prina’s journey with abstraction began in the late thirties and forties where she was a member of the Group of the Abstractionists of Como. The club consisted of artists and architects Manilo Rho, Mario Radice, Aldo Galli, and Carla Badiali. Together they exhibited in numerous exhibitions throughout Europe including the IV Quadrennial in the Futurist Room in Rome. During this time, Prina exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in which she also showed with Lucio Fontana. In 1948, Prina joined the Escuela de Altamira in Spain, where she worked alongside Joan Miro and became dear friends with Robert and Sonia Delaunay through the introduction of Hans Arp.

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Carla Prina, an abstract Italian painter from Como, Italy was an influential figure known for her bold and vibrant geometric compositions.

Prina’s journey with abstraction began in the late thirties and forties where she was a member of the Group of the Abstractionists of Como. The club consisted of artists and architects Manilo Rho, Mario Radice, Aldo Galli, and Carla Badiali. Together they exhibited in numerous exhibitions throughout Europe including the IV Quadrennial in the Futurist Room in Rome. During this time, Prina exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in which she also showed with Lucio Fontana. In 1948, Prina joined the Escuela de Altamira in Spain, where she worked alongside Joan Miro and became dear friends with Robert and Sonia Delaunay through the introduction of Hans Arp.

Beyond her peers and mentors, Prina’s paintings were seen as avant-garde with rich compositional harmony. Each piece required immense concentration with a methodical and orthogonal approach in structuring shapes and colors. Although technical, Prina invited the viewer to enjoy her paintings through a meditative encounter. The balance of geometric forms and application of color intended to evoke harmony, light, and movement. Prina’s consistency in shapes remain evident in all her pieces, consisting of circular, triangular, and rectangular structures. In each painting, there is a constant renewal of forms within a composition, exemplifying the evolution of Prina’s artistic style and experimentation of new models.

RELATED CATEGORIES

21st Century Art / Abstract Painting / Abstraction / Art of the 1960s / Art of the 1970s / Art of the 1980s / Art of the 1990s / Balanced Composition / Bright Colors / Como / European Art / Geometric Abstraction / Geometric Expression / Geometric Forms / Italian Art / Italy / Modern European Art / Modern Italian Art / Painting / Primary Colors / Rhythmic Expression / Smooth and Flat Surface / Women Artists

CURRICULUM VITAE

Education

  • 1936

    The High Culture Institute

  • 1932

    The Academy of Art of Brera

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2004

    Spaziotemporaneo Gallery, Milan

Group Exhibitions

  • 2001

    Italian historic abstractionism. The case of Como, House of design and furnishing, Cantù

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Education

  • 1936

    The High Culture Institute

  • 1932

    The Academy of Art of Brera

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2004

    Spaziotemporaneo Gallery, Milan

Group Exhibitions

  • 2001

    Italian historic abstractionism. The case of Como, House of design and furnishing, Cantù