Italian painter, born in Rome. He started a course studying architecture at Rome University, but in 1946 gave this up for painting, initially producing Social Realist subjects. In 1947, however, he turned to abstraction and joined the Forma group (like many of its members he later joined the Continuità group). He experimented with various types of abstract work before creating a distinctive style in the 1960s with brightly luminous bands of colour—‘like an heraldic flag’, as he put it (Very Sharp, 1965, Tate). Dorazio travelled a good deal and spent several years in the USA: from 1963 to 1967 he taught at the University of Pennsylvania.
From A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art in Oxford Reference.