Italian abstract painter. He was born in Mantua and studied in Venice. In 1943 he settled in Rome, where he joined Forma in 1947 and edited its journal. Through this and other publications he became a leading spokesman for the cause of abstract art. Turcato's paintings were highly varied. In his early work he was influenced by Cubism, Expressionism, and Fauvism, and in the 1950s he turned to the looser, more gestural style of Art Informel. Subsequently he experimented with unusual supports, including ‘rough pockmarked sheets of foam rubber that gave to me the sense of the surface of the moon’. The paint he used on them included fluorescent and phosphorescent pigment: ‘I was searching to make painting visible in the dark because, for me, it is absurd that one cannot see a painting or a wall in the dark.’
From A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art in Oxford Reference.