1933 – 2004
Molinari is considered one of Canada’s finest abstract painters of the 20th century. His work has been exhibited and collected widely in Canada and abroad including The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, The National Gallery of Canada, Musée d’art contemporain, Montreal and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Montréal’s Musée d’art contemporain held a major Molinari retrospective in 1995 that paid tribute to the artist’s unwavering commitment to abstract painting and his energizing influence on the Canadian art scene. He was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1971.
In his book Abstract Painting in Canada Roald Nasgaard states;
“This history covers the amorphous territory of abstract painting in Canada from its Symbolist and mystical beginnings in Kathleen Munn and Bertram Brooker in the 1920’s and Lawren Harris in the 1930’s, and through its many formal and conceptual variations up to the resurgent present. It attempts to pay due respect to the ambitions and achievement of several generations of Canadian abstract painter in as many geographical locations. It is composed of stories that are often as much about fits and starts and generated from external sources as they are about integral historical continuities. But these too exist, as do many significant achievements of individuals like Paul-Emile Borduas or Guido Molinari or Ron Martin, who deserve a place in the larger international history of abstract art.” Pg 14
In his third edition of The Concise History of Canadian Painting, Dennis Reid comments about Moilinari’s earlier work in his first one-man exhibition of paintings with simple arrangements of black straight edged forms on white ” —All like [the painting] Angle Noir are so composed that after a moment the white assumes form, the black becoming intervening space”