Born in Mantua, March 16, 1912.
In 1925 he moved to Venice with his family; there he attended the Liceo Artistico and the Scuola Libera del Nudo. He painted his first works and participated in his first group show in 1932. He moved to Milan in 1939, where he worked in the architectural practice of Muzio (1937) and had his first one person show. In 1943 he moved permanently to Rome. Although he had joined the Resistance, he also continued to paint. In 1945, with Prampolini, Fazzini, Jarema, Savelli, Mafai, Corpora, Consagra and Perilli, he founded the Art Club and exhibited his works at the Il Pincio, Il Secolo and San Marco galleries. He signed the Manifesto of the "Nuova Secessione Artistica Italiana" and travelled to Paris with Carla Accardi, Consagra and Sanfilippo. They founded the "Forma 1" group with Attardi, Dorazio, Guerrini and Perilli
. In 1947, Turcato exhibited with the group of the "Nuova Secessione" at the La Spiga Gallery in Milan. The group changed name to "Fronte Nuovo delle Arti" but dissolved in 1948. Turcato joined the "Gruppo degli Otto" in 1948 and won the Venice Biennale Prize with Miniera. He would took part again in the Biennale in 1952, 1956-1958, 1966-1968, 1972; for the 1984 Biennale he staged a production of Moduli in viola. Omaggio a Kandinsky, directed by Vana Caruso. In 1950 he traveled to Paris and in 1956 took a trip to Russia, China and India. In 1960 he joined the group "Continuit", with which he participated in several exhibitions for two years. He travelled to Morocco, Switzerland, Sweden, and went to New York (1962). He visited Cairo, Luxor and Abu Simbel in 1964 and went to Nairobi in 1970. Among his most important shows are the retrospective exhibitions at Palazzo Ancaiani, Spoleto (1973); Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, (1974); PAC, Milan (1984); the one person exhibitions at Galleria Editalia (today Edieuropa) in Rome; at the Italian Cultural Institutes of Cairo (1977) and New York (1978); at the Museum of Modern Art in Bucarest (1979) and the Musèe de l'Athene in Geneva (1980). Turcato, who died in 1995, played a substantial historical role as a painter, as was also documented in various survey exhibitions that traced the artistic developments from the post-war period to the present.
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