Mimmo Paladino

(1948  in Paduly, Italy)

Mimmo Paladino is an Italian Transavantgarde sculptor, painter, and muralist. Born on 18th December 1948 in Paduli, Italy, he attended the Liceo Artistico of Benevento. Paladino played a central role in developing the Transavantgarde movement, which aim to bring emotions, figuration, and mysticism back into avant-garde art. His early painting Cordoba (1984), a portrayal of two semi-abstracted figures tussling in a courtyard, has become one of his best-known images. Paladino was showcased at the 1980 Venice Biennale for its Transavantgarde-specific exhibition, and that same year, he held two solo exhibitions in New York. More recently, he garnered attention for his large-scale public installations, including The Salt Mountain (2010), which was composed by a large white mound strewn on the floor with sculptures of horses lying on its sides. Paladino has also created many sound and visual art pieces in collaboration with Brian Eno, whose earliest work was presented at the Roundhouse in London in 1999. Paladino has shown his work in different venues all over the world including, the Hirshhorn Museum, Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. and the Tate Modern in London. He currently lives in Rome, Italy.