Born in Verona, Minozzi moved to Milan in 1883 with his family. In 1890 he entered the Brera Academy where the greatest influence on him was that of Giuseppe Mentessi. Soon he began to attend the gallery of Alberto Grubicy in Piazza Cairoli, where he met Segantini, who initiated him to Divisionismo. Minozzi debuts on the Milanese artistic scene in 1900, with three studies of landscape realized in red chalk, presented at the IV Esposizione Triennale of the Brera. The same works were shown in a personal exhibition organized at the Milanese Famiglia Artistica. In 1902 he sent three paintings to the Quadriennale in Turin. In 1903 he moved to the Riviera Ligure, driven by the desire to paint the sea, but also to support the projects of Grubicy, who, after Segantini’s premature death, planned to make of Minozzi the painter of the sea and of Fornara the painter of the mountain. However the relationship between Grubicy and Minozzi deteriorated, although Minozzi was still present at the exhibitions of the Divisionisti Italiani , organized by the dealer in Paris in 1907 and 1908. In 1904 Minozzi moved to work in Bordighera and later went to Cap-Martin, in France. After the definitive breaking with Grubicy, Minozzi’s interests expanded to the restoration and to the study of music, also in relation to pictorial aesthetics. He also traveled a lot, so much that his biography, written by his son in 1942, bears the title Il Pittore Vagabondo. Minozzi continued to paint until the year before his death, caused by lead poisoning for his continued research on colors.
Soprintendenza per il Patrimonio Storico Artistico ed Etnoantropologico del Piemonte
Filiberto Minozzi e la Tecnica Divisionista
Tratto da: Il colore dei divisionisti: tecnica e teoria. Analisi e prospettive di ricerca. Atti del convegno internazionale di studio, Tortona e Volpedo, 30 settembre - 1 ottobre 2005