Gastone Novelli was born in 1925 in Vienna to Margherita Mayer von Ketchendorf and Ivan Novelli. In 1945 he moved to Florence where he graduated in social and political science.
In 1948 he made his first trip to Brazil and began his career as an artist. After returning to Italy in 1950 he held his first solo show at the Teatro Sistina, where he exhibited a series of paintings in an Expressionist style.
After meeting Max Bill and discovering Paul Klee his painting shifted towards geometric abstraction.
In 1955 Novelli settled in Rome and quickly connected to the cultural scene of the city thanks to his friendship with Emilio Villa who introduced him to Corrado Cagli. He established a friendship with Achille Perilli, that was to last many years. In this period Novelli experimented with a variety of techniques, such as spraying the canvas with paint, a technique already used by Cagli, and direct photography already practiced in Italy by Luigi Veronesi and Bruno Munari.
1957 was a year of fundamental importance for Novelli: he made many visits to Paris where he met Tristan Tzara, André Masson, Man Ray and Hans Arp.
From the 1960s onwards he met and visited Samuel Beckett, Georges Bataille, Pierre Klossowski, and René de Solier and established a close friendship with Claude Simon, Nobel prize-winner for Literature in 1985, who would write one of his last books, Le Jardin des Plantes (1997) inspired by his relationship of profound intellectual and creative exchange with the artist.
In the meantime his work began to move beyond art informel, with the appearance of signs and writing in his work. He began collaborating with writers of the Italian Neo-Avantgarde, with whom he shared the same interest in linguistic experimentation.
He died in December 1968.
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