Brajo Fuso

Brajo Fuso was born in Perugia on the 21st of February 1899

Biographical Notes

After graduating and specialising in medicine and surgery from the University of Rome in 1923, he taught Stomatology for many years at the University of Perugia, while practising as a dentist. He had several medical patents to his credit including the creation of the world’s first dental drill unit which he installed at his studio in Perugia.
He was called to enlist as a medical captain in 1940 during the Second World War and was despatched to Albania where he remained until 1943. He was injured and obliged to remain immobile for many months.

On his return to Perugia to convalesce, he was encouraged by his wife, the Bolognese painter Elisabetta Rampielli (Bettina) whom he had married in 1929, to begin to paint as an autodidact on small wooden panels which he would exhibit in 1946 in Rome at the Gallery “Il Cortile” presented by Leonardo Sinisgalli, Nicola Ciarletta and Libero De Libero. After this debut as a figurative painter, he felt the need to experiment.

Artistic Career

In 1946 he ventured into using colours dripped directly from the tube onto canvas, smeared with his fingers or applied with the aid of a twig. Thus began the process of abstraction culminating in the Straticromie which were followed by the Cromoscolature, anticipating the results obtained by the American master of Action painting, Jackson Pollock.

Fuso’s artistic research continued to produce fresh fruits with the addition of impoverished and discarded materials which he assembled in his innumerable materialistic works.
His compositions in subsequent years followed the poetics of the salvaged object, of an object which at the end of its destined life is placed in a different context.

Fuso is also the author of unpublished novels and plays.
A collection of his poems, Le zavorre, was published in 1990 by Guerra Editions in Perugia.

Fantastic tales for children illustrated by the artist date from the 1930’s and include: Occhiopino, The tale of a rubber boy, Il Chinchibatte, The red egg.

His eclectic work has attracted the interest of the most qualified critics: the first important monography dedicated to Fuso with critical essays by Giulio Carlo Argan, Italo Tomassoni and André Verdet appeared in 1976.

Fuso died in Perugia on the 30th of December 1980.