Antonio Boatto (1936 - 2015) completed his artistic and philosophical education in Milan in the early 1960’s, where he first started working as a teacher and subsequently as an artist. Researching within the field of postmodernism, he tried to incorporate its assumptions within his own artistic practice, devoting himself to both painting and sculpting according to an original and strictly independent style.
In a career spread across the past 50 years, Boatto realized significant works both within the public and religious realms, among which are 390 mid to large scale interventions in important national and international institutions, such as St. Ann’s Church in New York City (1995-2000), the Duomo of San Marco in Pordenone (1999), Madonna Queen National Shrine in Boston (1998 - 2001) and the Cathedral of Vicenza (2000), for which he designed and sculpted a portal depicting the life of Mary in 24 scenes - a record within Christian history of art.
His restless research in aesthetics and philosophy led Boatto to radically change his style in 2009, when he introduced the concept of the Amorfo (literally, “amorphous”, “formless”) in his practice. His passion for critical theory and literature, which clearly transpires in his artistic creations, is also key to understanding his writings (currently only available in Italian): collected poems “Sfinitezza” (2006), the philosophical diary “Diario Metafisico” (2008), “Parvula - quarantatre microstorie” (2009), “Via della Croce”, a visual religious itinerary realized in collaboration with Pietro Nonis (2010), “L’Ora Sesta”, his second collection of poems (2010), and “Il Tempio di Carne” (2014).