Born in Monaco, 1921. Avati lived and worked in Paris, France with his American-born wife. He died in 2009.
Ecole d’Arts Décoratifs, Nice, France
Ecole Nationale Supériore de Paris
From 1947 Avati did all forms of engraving, but in 1957, he began working almost exclusively in mezzotint, first in black and white, and then in color beginning in 1969. His works are essentially still life, and he carefully attends to the fine details, while emphasizing the purity and simplification of the forms. He is considered by “Connoisseur” magazine to be the world’s finest mezzotintist.
1997 Etching Prize, Portland Art Museum, Oregon
1997 Nahed Ojjeh Prize, Académie des Beaux-Arts, Paris
1981 Grand Prize of the Arts de la Cité de Paris
1980 A Commemorative stamp produced by the French Postal Service
1972 Lion’s Club Prize, Third International Graphics Exhibition, Florence, Italy
1969 Gold Medal, First International Graphics Exhibition, Florence, Italy
1957 Critics’ Prize, Paris
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Avati has had numerous retrospectives of his works in museums and other public institutions world wide since 1962, including the Yokohama Museum, Japan; Museum of Modern Art, Santa Barbara; Palazzo Comunale, Alexandria, Greece; Museum of Dubai, Saudi Arabia. He has had solo exhibitions worldwide since 1953.
Mr. Avati’s works are held in over 100 Museums around the world , including Musée.des Beaux Arts, Brussels; Art Institute, Chicago; Museum of Modern Art and The Metropolitan Museum, New York; the National Gallery, Oslo; National Gallery, Washington, DC; Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, and The Cleveland Museum of Art.
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