Mimmo Paladino

Mimmo Paladino (Paduli, 18 December 1948). He’s one of the main exponents of the Transavanguardia, a movement founded by Achille Bonito Oliva in 1980, which identified a return to painting, after the various conceptual currents developed in the 1970s. He created artworks of archaic intonation, accentuated by the use of Greek-Roman, Etruscan and Paleo-Christian symbols and ancient techniques such as encaustic and mosaic. In 1970, he made his debut with collages inspired by mythological themes. The adoption of oil painting in 1978 coincides with a cycle of multi-material canvases, where abstract figuration is combined with objects. In 1978, he was in New York where he held two solo exhibitions the following year. Influenced by primitive and tribal art, since the early 1980s he has also realized sculptures, totemic figures in bronze, wood or limestone, and numerous installations. In 1980, he participated in his first Biennale in Venice. In 1985, the Lenbachhaus in Munich organized his first retrospective exhibition in a public space. In 1988, he was invited to exhibit at the Venice Biennale in a solo exhibition. In 1991, he participated in a big exhibition in Prague for the Royal Castle’s inauguration. In 1994, he was the first Italian contemporary artist to exhibit in China at the National Gallery of Fine Arts in Beijing.  In 1995, Naples dedicated a large exhibition to him in three prestigious public spaces. In 1999 a great exhibition showing the Ciclo dei Dormienti was organised. In 2008, he was commissioned to create four tarpaulins to cover the scaffold of the restoration work on the bell tower of the Cathedral of Modena. Exhibitions at the Kunstmuseum of Basel, the Galleria d’Arte Moderna of Bologna and the Royal Academy of London are also worth mentioning. His work is permanently housed in some of the major international museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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