Gino Gregori

Gino Gregori was born in 1906 in Milan.He was the grandson of the painter Martin Kroller and early on took to painting with tremendeous dedication. Claude Rivière said: "Gregori was born with a paintbrush in his hand.
Gregori's talentquickly egan to attract attention. In 1931 he won the Antonio Award, in 1932 the Arte Sacra Prize and the Modigliani Prize for drawing. He participated in various national and international exhibitions.
Unfortunately in 1943 he was deported to Mauthausen because he made false passports for jewish fugitives.  
He survived three years of concentration camp, Gregori found his way to Paris in search of art and liberty.
In Paris he befriended Matisse, Braque and Jacques Villon who asked him to join the Puteau Group, a group of young radical abstract painters like André Lothe, Christine Bouwmeester, Camille Bryen and Reynold Arnould.
In this environment he developed a very peronal style of abstraction for which we became highly renowned, using large areas of soft colour, boldly defined within sinuous sweeping lines. Incorporating figurative elements into his abstract idiom, he creates intriguing paradoxal compositions.