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Armando Pizzinato was born on October 7, 1910, in Maniago, in the region of Friuli. After the war he moved to Pordenone with his family, where his father was driven to suicide because of serious financial problems. After working as a decorator and a bank messenger, he enrolled in the Accademia di Belle Arti of Venice in 1930. There, he trained under the painter Virgilio Guidi and met Alberto Viani and Giulio Turcato. He befriended Afro Basaldella and associated with Giuseppe Santomaso and Carlo Scarpa.
His debut as a painter came in 1933 in a group show at the Galleria del Milione in Milan. In 1936 he went to Rome, where he frequented Renato Guttuso’s studio and met the artists of the Scuola romana and Turin’s Gruppo dei Sei. He returned to Venice because of the war and carried on painting, holding his first solo exhibition at the Botteghe d’arte. Two years later he exhibited again at the Galleria del Milione and at Carlo Cardazzo’s Galleria del Cavallino, Venice. In September 1943, he stopped painting to join the anti-Fascist Resistance. In 1945 he met Emilio Vedova, with whom we was to collaborate for several years. The following year he joined the Fronte Nuovo delle Arti (1946-50), a politicized group of artists who aspired to change Italian culture in the wake of the fall of Fascism. The Fronte Nuovo exhibited at the Venice Biennale of 1948, where Peggy Guggenheim acquired a painting by him. His work was included in the Twentieth Century Italian Art exhibition held in 1949 at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
At the disbanding of the Fronte Nuovo delle Arti group, he adapted his style to socialist realism, of which notable examples are A Spectre is haunting Europe (Venice, Cà Pesaro, 1949-50) and murals in the Palazzo della Provincia, Parma (1955). There followed numerous retrospectives of his work: at the Opera Bevilacqua La Masa in Venice (1962); at the Kusnjezti Most gallery and the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, (1967); at the Correr Museum, Venice (1981), and at the Villa Manin, Passariano (1996). In 1991 Pizzinato published a book about his hometown, Poffabro luogo magico, in which he fervently denounced its architectural and natural decline. The artist died in his home in Venice on April 17, 2004.