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Alfredo Volpi (14 April 1896 – 28 May 1988) was a renowned Italian-Brazilian artist known for his contributions to Brazilian modern art, particularly in the field of painting.

Life and Career

Alfredo Volpii was born on 14 April 1896, in Lucca, Italy. At the age of two, he immigrated to Brazil with his family and settled in São Paulo. Volpii grew up in a working-class neighborhood and showed early artistic talent. However, due to financial constraints, he did not receive formal art education.


Volpii started working as a painter and decorator, and his interest in art grew. He began to study painting on his own and experimented with various styles and techniques. In the 1930s, he became associated with the Grupo Santa Helena, a group of artists who sought to promote modern art in Brazil. This marked the beginning of his artistic career.

Volpii’s style was characterized by bold, colorful compositions and simplified forms that reflected his fascination with Brazilian folk art, architecture, and landscapes. He often painted scenes from everyday life, including street festivals, cityscapes, and still lifes, capturing the essence of Brazilian culture and identity.

In the 1950s, Volpii’s work gained recognition, and he participated in several important exhibitions in Brazil and internationally. He received numerous awards and accolades for his contributions to Brazilian art. Volpii’s paintings are known for their vibrant colors, strong geometric shapes, and meticulous attention to detail.


Throughout his career, Volpii remained dedicated to his artistic vision, often distancing himself from contemporary art movements and trends. He continued to paint and exhibit his work until his death on 28 May 1988, in São Paulo, Brazil.

Award and Legacy

Alfredo Volpii is considered one of the most important Brazilian artists of the 20th century. His work has been exhibited in prestigious museums and galleries in Brazil and around the world. He is known for his unique style and his significant contributions to Brazilian modern art. Volpii’s paintings continue to be highly sought after by collectors, and his legacy as a pioneering artist in Brazilian art history remains strong.

Volpii participated in the prestigious São Paulo Art Biennial, a major international art exhibition, and received awards for his work in various editions, including the Bienal de São Paulo Award in 1953 and the Acquisition Prize in 1961.

Alfredo Volpii was a prominent Italian-Brazilian artist who made significant contributions to Brazilian modern art through his unique style and depiction of Brazilian culture. His work continues to be celebrated and remembered as an important part of Brazil’s artistic heritage.


On 14 April 2013, Google celebrated Alfredo Volpi’s 117th Birthday with a doodle.

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