by Tulio Crali
1931: Sit Fly Eye Candy
"Before the parachute opens"
FINE ART : 1931 Sit-Fly Exit, oil painting by Tulio Crali
Tullio Crali (1910-2000) was an Italian Futurist artist most known for his "Aeropittura" paintings. He was a self taught artist who began painting in 1925 at the age of 15. Tullio was fascinated with airplanes and from the very beginning of his artistic career his work depicted themes of flight. He was inspired by the Futurist Movement and artists such as Balla, Boccioni and Prampolini. In 1929 he decided to contact Marinetti, the founder of Futurism, to express his interest in joining the movement; Marinetti welcomed him. It was that same year that "Aeropittura" was launched in the Futurist Manifesto "Perspectives of Flight", which expressed an emphasis on aviation as a key theme in communicating their belief in speed, technology and the machine. Though the Futurist Movement ended in 1944 following Marinetti's death, Crali remained attached to its ideals and aesthetics and even attempted to revive Aeropiturra in the 1960's with his manifesto "Orbital Art". He continued to paint, sculpt and lecture into the 1980's. Throughout his career Crali created works depicting various subject matter, however he is best known for his dizzying aeropaintings.