Monai Fulvio (1921-1999) 

08/03/2020

Fulvio Monai was born in Pula on February 8, 1921 and became a Goritian from 1947, together with many Istrian and Dalmatian exiles that the war and the layout of the new border led to a new life in a land that remained Italian. He worked in Gorizia after his artistic debut in Pula in 1945: he was a painter, engraver, art critic, publicist, teacher; but, in short, he was an artist and a man.

He was a point of reference for the cultural world of Gorizia, and not only for the artistic one, even if he started from the art that was congenial to him, to then range in criticism and in interventions related to the most varied fields of culture, history and current affairs of Gorizia.

"The artist," he wrote, "today more than ever before, must feel a part of the life that surrounds him and that imposes on him renunciations and sacrifices equal and perhaps greater than those of other men". And so Monai took part in the life of his Gorizia, open to the various events, committed to enriching it from a cultural and social point of view, active in cultural associations and in exhibition and editorial initiatives (he was one of the promoters of the 2xGo Group aimed at recreating a relationship between artists on both sides of the border), always discreet, modest, sensitive.

To the city of Gorizia, to which he belonged and which he loved without ever forgetting his Istria, he left the Stations of the Cross in the church of St. Joseph the Craftsman in Straccis, the altarpiece dedicated to St. Francis in the church of Saints Vito and Modesto in Piazzutta and the altarpiece The preaching to the birds in the cathedral, as well as engravings and paintings in museums and public institutions; but above all he left his message as an intellectual, as a man of his time, involved in the life of his city.

He died in Gorizia on 26 February 1999.