Afro Basaldella was born in Udine in 1912. In ’28 he exhibited with his brothers Dino and Mirko at the first and only show of the Friulian Avant-garde School. In 1930, thanks to a scholarship offered by the Marangoni Artistic Foundation of Udine, Afro has the opportunity to travel to Rome with his brother Dino and to get in touch with the artistic environment of the capital. In 1933 he exhibited at the Galleria del Milione in Milan and subsequently Afro moved to Rome. In 35 he participated in the Quadrennial, and in 1936 in the Biennale. The years 1959-60 still see Afro Basaldella engaged internationally: he is invited to II. Documenta in Kassel, winner of the Pittsburgh award and of the prize for Italy at the Solomon R. Guggenheim in New York. In 1961 J. J. Sweeney, curator of the Guggenheim Museum in New York, dedicated a splendid monograph to him.