Futurist dancer - LUIGI FILLIA
Futurist dancer (Fillia)

FILLIA, alias of Luigi Colombo (1904 - Turin 1936)

Fillìa was the name adopted by Luigi Colombo, an Italian artist associated with the second generation of Futurism.
He established the Futurist movement in Turin in 1923 at the age of 19 with a group which included Nikolay Diulgheroff, Pippo Oriani, Enrico Alimandi, Franco Costa and the sculptor Mino Rosso. Fillìa quickly became the leader of the group and its principal theorist. He published many art reviews, such as Futurismo (1924), Vetrina Futurista (1927), La Città Nuova (1930-1934), Stile Futurista (1934-1935) with Enrico Prampolini. His work in the mid-1920s shows the influence of Prampolini. After 1928, Fillìa's work shows increasing subjectivity. He became an exponent of L'Aeropittura (Aeropainting), the dominant Futurist style of the 1930s which applied the experience of flight to the depiction of landscape aerially; the world was no longer seen from the perspective of the person on the ground but as if from an aeroplane.
In 1929 he was a co-signatory of the Futurist manifesto L'Aeropittura, with Benedetta Cappa, Depero, Dottori, Marinetti, Somenzi, Tato and Prampolini. Fillìa was the co-author with Marinetti of the Manifesto of Futurist Cooking in 1930. Fillìa and his colleagues in Turin explored an interior, psychological and subjective world, unlike other Futurists of the period such as Prampolini and Depero. The ectoplasmic forms which appear in Fillìa's paintings of the late twenties and early thirties contrast with the rigidity of his earlier work and were taken up to explore the subconscious. His interest in the spiritual aspects of art turned to specifically religious painting from 1930 to 1933. He had large exhibitions and in 1932 co-authored the Manifesto of Sacred Futurist Art with Marinetti. He had an interest in architecture, designing the Futurist Pavilion at the 1928 International Exhibition in Turin. Fillìa's activities as an organizer and polemicist, which he continued through his contact with the avant-garde in his numerous trips to Paris, ended with his death at Turin in 1936 at the age of thirty-two.


Genoa, Modern Art Gallery
Turin, Modern Art Gallery
Rome, Modern Art Gallery
Trento, Museum Gianni Caproni
Florence, Museum Novecento
Cuneo, Museo Civico
Alessandria, Museo Civico
Lugano, Museo Cantonale d'Arte