Kounellis Jannis




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PIREO (GRECIA) 1936 – ROMA 2017

Jannis Kounellis
was a Greek Italian contemporary artist based in Rome A key figure associated with Arte Povera, he studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome
From 1960 to 1966, Kounellis went through a period of only exhibiting paintings In some of his first exhibitions, Kounellis began stenciling numbers, letters, and words onto his canvases, often reflecting advertisements and signs seen on the street In 1960 he began to introduce found sculptural objects such as actual street signs into his work, exhibiting at Galleria La Tartaruga This same year he donned one of his stencil paintings as a garment and created a performance in his studio to demonstrate himself literally becoming one with his painting



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