6 October 1920, Mazara del Vallo, Italy -
22 February 2005, Milan, Italy
Pietro Consagra was one of the founders of the Forma group in 1947, which championed abstract art. He worked primarily in metal, and later in marble and wood with roughly carved reliefs with variously compressed, lacerated, or perforated surfaces. In 1960 he was awarded the Gran Premio per la sculpture italiana at the XXX Venice Biennale, and had his first one-man show in New York at the Staempfli Gallery in 1962. From 1966 onwards he was represented by the Marlborough Galleries of New York and Rome.
Consagra made jewellery that followed the forms of his sculptures at several times during his career, starting with pieces for Mario Masenza and the Fumanti brothers in Rome in the 1950s and 1960s. He later designed 11 jewels with GEM Montebello, Milan, between 1969 and 1971.