Umberto Boccioni

Born 1882, Reggio Calabria, Italy

Died 1916, Verona, Italy


1897   Family moves to Catania.  Boccioni graduates from a Technical Institute.

1901   Moves to Rome, staying with his aunt.  Begins to visit designers’ studios.  At this time, he meets Gino Severini and the two study under the guidance of Giacomo Balla.

1906   Stays in Paris and shortly thereafter journeys to Russia.                                                        

           Returns to Italy, settling in Padua and enrolling at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice.

1906-1910   Experiments in engraving, moves to Milan, and meets Romolo Romani.

1910   Participates in the Futurist movement, writing the “Manifesto of Futurist Painters” with Carlo Carrà and Russolo and the “Techinical Manifesto of Futurist Painting.”  Boccioni becomes a leader of the Futurist movement and an active participant in Futurist events.

1913   Contributes to “Lacerba” magazine.

World War I   With many other painters, he enrolls in the bicycle corps. His art is strongly influenced by European avant-garde movements.

1916   Continues painting.

1916   Enrolls once again in the army. He dies after falling off his horse outside of Verona.