Biography

And 'the 17 July 1895 When Oswaldo Barbieri was born in Piacenza.
Already as a teenager begins to feel an inner urge for creativity and invention, however, requires the need to be shaped and defined. That is enrolled at the Art Gazzola at the age of sixteen. The task of understanding the mood of this disheveled young man lies in none other than Francis Ghittoni. Studies of the Bot will then in Milan where he studied at the Humane Society and ornate, would seem, also to the Brera. The lively spirit of an artist Bot made him a person lost in philosophical meanderings and intelletualistici, unlike the Terrible loved the concreteness: during World War I decide to act first person enlisting in the army as a volunteer. Wounded in battle will be even.
In 1920 he moved to Genoa, where, with primary emphasis on their desire to experiment and create, remains with the early work that is, painter from the stevedore. E 'in Liguria that bot tries to present himself publicly for the first time joining in group exhibitions; but not yet the Terrible, Innovative and astonishing, which will be in a little ', and his works come to be art in the midst of other art.
In 1925, returns to his Piacenza, to Pontedellolio, Pagani where he met Enrica the woman who would become his muse, and his wife; in fact 1926 Liguria for the bride before returning to Piacenza: its focus on the art with all your soul and with all his body causes him to disregard any business or occupation and soon begins to encounter the first difficulties.
In 1928 Friends of Art organized an exhibition to, but again it's early: his paintings are landscapes, Orthodox and canonical, traditional ... again, is not yet the Terrible. But it will be short. In October the same year he met the second Futurism, attracted to minds like that of Depero, Fillia, Prampolini. The current increases with advancing Fascist ideology by allowing registered users to discover an innovative lifeblood of creativity and inspiration of which certainly felt the need for joining new influences, brilliant and exciting, his love of country which was already revealed in World War I: It is no coincidence that one of the first works of Futurist Bot to collect success was the portrait of the Duce Futurist. He began an intense production of pamphlets and made sfumografie that will stop only in 1947.
The Terrible is finally born: Baptism is taught by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, who blesses the artistic research of Bots with words of admiration. Begin major exhibitions: the Galleria Pesaro in Milan, one of the most prestigious of the time, at the Venice Biennale in 1930 and in 1932, in Paris, Monaco of Bavaria, Athens. In 1929 founded the Center of Futurism in Piacenza, in 1930 The Slingshot. The liveliness of Bot is explosive: The artist moves, experiences, proof, creates, destroys and creates new, going so far as to turn up their noses at Marinetti that did not spare words of appreciation to him. The Futurist Bot it is personal: if for the purists and the creators of Futurism "past", understood in a generic sense, had to be rejected in favor of "the future", novelty and innovation, Bot to the futurist concept was in the way of "making art": Bot works created passatiste alternately futurist works, accused him of this Marinetti; but in so baffling the opposing pair consisted of Futurism Bot. Futurist Marinetti wanted subjects, Bot it was in the act of creating them. The split between the two is in the final 1934. But the career of an artist is not braking Bot: called by Italo Balbo, to which he also dedicated a work, Aeroritratto of S.It is. Balbo, leaves for Libya.
In Africa its inspiration undergoes further shocks: the primitive atmosphere, simple, sometimes wild, distant from the West makes a different person, equipped with points of view, idea, mental images of all new. Get to the point of creating an alter ego African, tale Naham Ben Abiladi, with which the 1935 paint, and participate in exhibitions, hiding his true identity and passing it off as an artist known in the black continent. In 1934 is active in Piacenza where he decorated the hall of the Municipality of Carpaneto, in which he painted also the staircase in 1937. In 1938 Bot has experienced virtually every path that Futurism could offer: aeropittura, psychographics, sferopittura etc. ... Tired abandons the movement, officially being too materialistic, technicist, the car fanatic. This is accompanied by a need to rediscover a spiritual dimension. In 1940 Italo Balbo dies: Bot is in Africa 9 months and returned with many difficulties in Italy.
Because of the war retired to the countryside where there is a new artist: back to landscapes, but ethereal landscapes, made of dilapidated houses, figures and still lifes that create an atmosphere in an abstract sense. After the war, meets Lucio Fontana Albisola, approaches the ceramic, and even to poetry. Organizes exhibitions and 1951 VI participates in the Quadrennial in Rome, works in a chapel of St. Euphemia in Piacenza, and never ceases to experiment, supporting, in the 50s, the work of artists from Piacenza as Mosconi, Harmodius, Xerra and Foppiani.
He died in 1958 in poverty.