Hermann Fitzi

1935 - 2012



Hermann Fitzi in his studio, 1986

​Hermann Fitzi, the Swiss painter, was born in Gais AR the 30. 12. 1935. From the year 1960 onwards he lived in Dicomano nearby Florence, Italy. His research basically followed two development-lines that induced him to express himself both through formal abstract and figurative painting.

 After a first period of figuration in the style of his masters at the Florentine art academy (Ottone Rosai, Primo Conti, Rolf Meyer) Fitzi developed a strong interest for New-York style abstract expressionism and pursued his work in the domain of abstract painting. In this time arises his cooperation with the Italian avant-garde (Artecronaca) that is documented by several exhibitions. In the context of the developing Transavanguardia in 1980, the need was felt to put the means of figuration, especially in their De Chirico inspired variety, again to test. 

A major production of symbolic paintings ensued. The development of Fitzi’s new figurative painting world did not however become an ideological argument against abstraction. So he continued his formal research and explored the areas beyond the concrete painting, by primarily advocating the contamination of post-Cubist decomposition in triangles and rectangles with the female principle of the round shape. Hermann Fitzi passed away in Borgo S. Lorenzo, Italy on 17 June 2012.

Education

1949-53
Neuchâtel and Zürich: College
1953-55
Zürich: Evening Academy Henry Wabel
1956-57
Florence: Academy of Art by Ottone Rosai
1957-58
Paris: Académie de la Grande Chaumière. He meets André Lhote.
1958-61
Florence: Academy of Art by Primo Conti und Rolf Meyer
1961
Swiss federal fellowship

Personal exhibitions

1975
Vinci, Italy: Arte Cronaca, Castello dei Conti Guidi, Città di Vinci. Curator Lara-Vinca Masini
1976
Lucerne, Switzerland: Gemeindegalerie Emmen. Curator Hans Reichlin
1977
Milan; Italy: Galleria Pietra, Via Cusani. Curator Lara-Vinca Masini
1978
Zürich, Switzerland: Galerie Vista Nova. Curator Helga Norych
1979
St. Gallen, Switzerland: Galerie Foyer Stadttheater. Curator Felix Stoll
1980
Zürich, Switzerland: Galerie Vista Nova
1981
Basel, Switzerland: Galerie zum Kupfertor Curator Max Fischer
1983
Basel, Switzerland: Galerie zum Kupfertor
1984
Winterthur, Switzerland: Galerie Neustadthus. Curator Hans Neuburg
1990
Prato, Italy: Galleria Comunale, Palazzo Comunale. Curators Aldo Rostagno and Gianni Pozzi
1992
Hamburg, Germany: Galerie Ohm. Curator August Ohm
1993
Florence, Italy: Galleria AERRETIE. Curator Sergio Ardinghi
1995
Eglisau, Switzerland: Galerie am Platz. Curator Brigitte Egli
1997
Poppi, Italy: Galleria Comunale, Castello dei Conti Guidi. Curator Lucilla Conigliello
1998
Neukirch-Egnach, Switzerland: Galerie Burkarthof. Curator Kurt Schaer
1999
Basel, Switzerland: Deusser-Museum, Zurzach. Curator Hans Schneider
2000
Feltre (Venice), Italy: Galleria Comunale, Fondaco delle Biade. Curator Angelo Paoletti
2001
Neukirch-Egnach, Switzerland: Galerie Burkarthof
2002
Florence, Italy: Galleria AERRETIE
2003
Heidelberg, Germany: Galerie Fredo. Curator Miriam M. Gass
2003
Arbon, Switzerland: Weihnachtsaustellung by Erat. Curator Paolo Schoop
2004
Neukirch-Egnach, Switzerland: Galerie Burkarthof
2008/9
Gais, Switzerland: Gemeinde Museum. Curator Esther Ferrari
2012
Bibbiena, Italy: Gallerie Expart. Curator Paolo Schoop

Collective exhibitions

1961
Bern, Switzerland: Kunsthalle Schweiz. Curator Eidgenössische Kunstkommission
1974
Vinci – Florence, Italy: Arte Cronaca, Avanguardia Toscana. Curator Lara-Vinca Masini
1974
Florence, Italy: Rassegna della Grafica in Toscana
1975
Prato, Italy: Centro d’Arte. Curator A. Bencini
1980
London, England: Gallery 14, West Kensington
1982
Paris, France: Centre d’Art Contemporain
1987
Herisau, Switzerland: painters of eastern Switzerland, Altes Zeughaus
1991
Hamburg, Germany: Galerie Ohm
1991
Florence, Italy: Mostra Europea Pittori Contemporanei, Villa Arrivabene
1994
Florence, Italy: Cdltura Svizzera in Toscana, Palazzina Presidenziale. Curator Vania Partilora
1995
Frosinone, Italy: Arte Contemporanea Europea, Boville Ernica. Curator Federico Gismondi
1997
Lugano, Switzerland: Artisti Svizzeri all’estero, Galleria dell’Albergo Splendide Royale. Curator Ursdla Ditchburn
2000
Pontassieve ‒ Florence, Italy: „Mito“ Castello del Trebbio. Curator Rossella Tesi
2004
Heidelberg, Germany: Galerie G. Curator G. Kern
2004
Florence, Italy: Centro d’Arte Puccini. Curator Fabrizio Borghini

Bibliography

Lara-Vinca Masini,
Catalogue, Edizioni Stiav, Florence 1976
Hans Neuburg,
Catalogue, Edizioni Ramella, Florence 1978
Gianni Pozzi,
Catalogue, Edition Gassner, Vaduz 1990
Clotilde Vesco,
Catalogue,“Dimensione – D“,Florence 1994
Tommaso Paloscia,
Catalogue, Centro Studi Cdlturali e Progresso, Florence 1994
Lucilla Conigliello,
Catalogue, Edizioni Polistampa, Florence 1997
Andrea Felder,
Bodenseehefte, Wil, Switzerland 1998
Mario Perniola,
Catalogue, Quaderni del fondaco, Edizioni DISISIFO, Feltre - Venice, 2000
Barbara Bortot,
Catalogue, Edizioni Via Claudia Augusta Altinate, Venice, 2001