Ignazio Doliach (1932)


After completing his middle school studies, he attended the Liceo Artistico di Venezia, where he graduated in 1957. He taught art education in middle school for many years. He began exhibiting at a very young age, in 1948, when he was only sixteen. Between the end of the 1940s and the early 1950s he joined the Friulian Neorealist Movement. Together with his friend Sergio Altieri, he attended the Union of Artists Union which is based in Udine, in Vicolo Florio where he met Giuseppe Zigaina, Dino Basaldella, Dora Bassi, Guido Tavagnacco, Carlo Ciussi and many others. He also meets Pierpaolo Pasolini who often attends the union meetings. The discussions are intense and passionate. They talk mainly about art but also about politics. Figurative or abstract art? This is the big question that involves the protagonists of that important cultural season. Ignazio Doliach, however, expresses himself with a graphic and pictorial language that is decidedly original and independent from the other artists of the group. He himself declares that he "never felt neorealist to the end". 

In fact, from the beginning, he felt close to the experiences of the historical avant-garde, Expressionism, Picasso and especially Permeke. He takes a close look at all informal painting and is fascinated by the great exhibition of Mexican painters organized by the Venice Biennale in 1950. Another fundamental stage for his formation is the exhibition of the Cobra Group realized in 1959 in Venice, in the rooms of Palazzo Grassi. Doliach set up his first solo exhibition in 1954 in Cormons, in the small room of the Caffè Stazione. Other, numerous, both personal and collective exhibitions followed. To remember the personal exhibitions in 1968, at Palazzo Kekler in Udine; in 1971 at the "Il Salotto" Gallery in Genoa; in 1976 at the Italian Cultural Institute in Vienna; in 2001 at the Palazzo dei Duchi di Santo Stefano in Taormina (together with Sergio Altieri); in 2002 at the "Luigi Spazzapan" Regional Gallery of Contemporary Art in Gradisca d'Isonzo; in 2004 at the "Girasole" Gallery in Udine; in 2005 at the Caucigh Refectory in Udine and at Villa de Brandis in San Giovanni al Natisone; in 2008 at the Territory Museum in Cormons. He joins the International Group of Visual Art "2xGO" and participates in the exhibition of the Group "C6" at the State Library of Trieste. He painted a panel of the "Wall of the five languages" at Piedimonte del Calvario (Gorizia) along the boundary wall of the former cotton mill.