Mimmo Paladino (Italian, b.1948) is a sculptor, painter, and printmaker associated with the 1980s Italian Transavantgarde movement. Born Domenico Paladino in Paduli, Campania, Paladino attended the Benevento Art High School when Minimalism and Conceptualism were internationally en vogue. He was primarily influenced, however, by the aesthetic of Pop artists Claes Oldenburg (American, b.1929) and Jim Dine (American, b.1935), whose works he encountered at the 1964 Venice Bienniale when he was 16.

His first serious efforts, produced in the 1970s, drew on figurative aspects of Pop Art in brightly colored paintings, displaying an interest in myth and magic. In the 1980s, Paladino became involved with the Transavantgarde, the Italian version of the European Neo-Expressionism movement, which celebrated joyful, emotional paintings. The artist also began to exhibit internationally, participating in the Venice Biennale in 1980 and in the documenta VII in Kassel, in 1982. Paladino lives and works in his hometown of Paduli.

Timeline

1948
Born: in Paduli, Italy
1964–1968
Graduated at the Liceo Artistico di Benevento, Italy
1969
Had his first solo exhibition in Caserta
1980
Exhibited at the Venice Biennale
1994
Exhibited in Beijing
1999
Honorary member of the Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK
Lives and works in Milan and Benevento, Italy

Exhibitions

2011
Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy
Recreation of Salt Mountain, Vittorio Emanueke and the cathedral in Piazza del Duomo, Milan, Italy
Helmet, Castello Sofrzesco, Milan, Italy
The Witnesses, Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio, Milan, Italy
Museum of the Nineteenth Century, Milan, Italy 2010
2010
Summer Exhibition, Alan Cristea Gallery, London, UK
2009
Mimmo Paladino Prints, University Gallery, Northumbria Gallery, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
Mimmo Paladino February 1917, Galerie Kluser 2, Munich, Germany
Classics of the Contemporary, Museo Nazionale Villa Pisani at Stra, Venice, Italy
2008
Zeichnungen aus dem Karl August Burckhardt-Koechlin-Fonds, Kunstmuseum, Basel, Switzerland
2007
collectors year end, Artcore Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Druckgraphik, Fischer Kunsthandel & Edition, Berlin, Germany
Figura Humana y Abstraccion, Wurth Museo La Rioja, Agoncillo, Spain
2006
Galleria Cardi, Milano, Italy (solo)
Mimmo Paladino, Waddington Galleries, London, UK (solo)
2005
Museum of Capodimonte, Naples, Italy (solo)
Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria (solo)
Miraggi, Alan Cristea Gallery, London, UK (solo)
2004
Particular view, Galleria Alessandro Bagnai, Florence – Siena, Italy
2003
Bronze and Iron Sculpture 1987-2000, Waddington Galleries, London, UK (solo)
Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, Italy (solo)
2002
Galleria Valentina Bonomo, Rome, Italy (solo)
2001
Print Retrospective, Alan Cristea Gallery, London, UK (solo)
Galerie Christian Stein, Milan, Italy (solo)
2000
Mimmo Paladino, Artiscope II, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
1999
Mimmo Paladino: Bilder Skulpturen Zeichnungen, 1979-1999, Galerie Bernd Klüser, Munich, Germany (solo)
Mimmo Paladino: Oeuvres récentes, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France (solo)
Proezioni 2000. Lospazio delle arti visive nella cività multimediale, Quadriennale Nazionale d Arte di Roma, Italy
1995-2000 Five Years of Print Publishing, Alan Cristea Gallery, London, UK
New Works, Jamileh Weber Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
Alighiero Boetti, Francesco Clemente, Nicola de Maria, Mimmo Paladino, Richard Tuttle, Galleria Cardi, Milan, Italy
Group Exhibition, Sperone Westwater, New York, NY
Ars Aevi,Exhibition of the Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Alan Cristea Gallery, London, UK (solo)
South London Gallery, London, UK (solo)
SLG projects - Paladino/Eno, Roundhouse, Chalk Farm, London, UK (solo)
1997
Alan Cristea Gallery, London, UK (solo)
Waddington Galleries, London, UK (solo)
1995
Alan Cristea Gallery, London, UK
Museo Diego Aragona Pignatelli Cortes, Naples, Italy (solo)
1994
Waddington Galleries, London, UK (solo)
1993
Forte di Belvedere, Florence, Italy (solo)
1992
Museu de Gravura, Curitiba, Brazil (solo)
Museu de Arte Moderna, Belo Horizonte, Brazil (solo)
Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (solo)
Convento San Domenico, Benevento, Italy (solo)
Galleria Gian Enzo Sperone, FIAC, Paris, France (solo)
Mimmo Paladino, Gravuras, Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo, Brazil (solo)
1991
Duson Gallery & Ana Gallery, Seoul Art Center, Seoul, Korea (solo)
Galerie Papierski, Paris, France (solo)
Waddington Graphics, London, UK (solo)
Waddington Galleries, London / Sperone Westwater, New York, USA (solo)
Marian Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, USA (solo)
Musees Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique Art Modern, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
Galerie Bernd Kluser, Munich, Germany (solo)
1990
Galleri Lars Bohman, Stockholm, Sweden (solo)
Galleria Bernd Kluser, Munich, Germany (solo)
1989
Lluc Fluxa Galeria d' Art, Palma, Mallorca, Spain (solo)
Sperone Westwater, New York, NY (solo)
Palais des Beaux-Arts Brussels, Belgium (solo)
1988
Galleria Gian Enzo Sperone, Rome, Italy
Waddington Galleries, London, UK (solo)
Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, USA (solo)
Evelyn Aimis Fine Art, Toronto, Canada (solo)
Galleri Boibrino, Stockholm, Sweden (solo)
1987
Fuji Television Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria (solo)
Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, Washington (solo)
1986
Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)
Galerie Bernd Kluser, Munich, Germany (solo)
Sperone Westwater, New York, NY (solo)
James Corcoran Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
Waddington Graphics, London, UK (solo)
Dolan/Maxwell Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (solo)
Waddington & Gorce, Montreal, Canada (solo)
Waddington & Shiell Galleries, Toronto, Canada (solo)
1985
Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, ILA (solo)
Sperone Westwater, New York, NY (solo)
Galerie Bernd Kluser, Munich, Germany (solo)
Dolan/Maxwell Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (solo)
1984
Waddington Galleries, London, UK (solo)
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria (solo)
1983
Galerija Meduza, Capodistria, Slovenia (solo)
1982
Galerie Buchmann, St. Gallen, Switzerland (solo)
1981
Galleria Lucio Amelio, Naples, Italy (solo)
1980
Galerie Paul Maenz, Cologne, Germany (solo)
Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
1979
Centre d Art Contemporain, Geneva, Italy (solo)
1978
Galleria Giorgio Persano, Torino, Italy (solo)
Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Annina Nosei Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1977
Galleria De Ambrogi-Cavellini, Milan, Italy (solo)
1976
Nuovi Strumenti, Brescia, Italy (solo)
Galleria Nuova Duemila, Bologna, Italy (solo)
1975
Da Mezzogiorno al Tramonto, Villa Volpolicielli, Naples, Italy
Campo Dieci, Galleria Digramma, Milan, Italy

Public Collections

Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel
Tate Gallery, London, UK
Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX
Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Trento, Italy
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana, IN
Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, Bilbao, Spain
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

Literature

2001
Di Martino, Enzo. Paladino, opera grafica 1974-2001. New York: Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, 2001
Sallis, John and Eccher, Danilo. Paladino. Milan: Charta, 2001
1997
Dipinti Semplici: New Paintings by Mimmo Paladino. London: Waddington Galleries, 1997 (catalogue)