This special exhibition by Italian artist Mimmo Paladino (b. 1948) represents the stunning range of his artistic powers. Sculptures in bronze and terracotta appear with lithographs, woodcuts, linoleum block prints, etchings, aquatints and serigraphs. The collection is unified by Paladino’s idiosyncratic subject matter of human figures and horses, elements that often anchor his large-scale installation work. The artist was born in Paduli (Campania), Italy and discovered the American Pop artists on a visit to the 32nd Venice Biennale when he was a teenager. The bright colors and stylized figures of that movement would become primary influences.
By the 1980s, Paladino was a principal figure of the Transavantgarde movement, and his contemporaries include artists Sandro Chia and Francesco Clemente. His European fame came from a multi-country exhibit that showed in Basel and Amsterdam, while Annina Nosei and Marian Goodman established his name in the United States. In recent years, he has had the largest retrospective ever curated by an Italian museum, was tapped as an Honorary Member of the Royal Arts Academy in London, and collaborated with architect Renzo Piano. Paladino’s work is influenced by the human condition and executed in a variety of mediums including painting, drawings, ceramics, stonework, and prints.