(Paduli di Benevento, Benevento, Italy, 1948)
Mimmo Paladino is an Italian sculptor, painter, and muralist. Paladino played a central role in the development of the Transavanguardia, a movement founded by Achille Bonito Oliva in 1980 that promoted a return to painting in reaction to the conceptual currents of the 1970s. His early work, Cordoba (1984), is one of his best-known images. He rapidly developed an allegorical figurative style, drawing on images of Christianity and classical mythology, while also influenced by the enigmatic archaic figures of Egyptian, tribal, and modern art. Since 1980, Paladino’s technical versatility has also extended to various forms of engraving, including etching, linocut, and aquatint. Paladino exhibited at the 1980 Venice Biennale in the Transavanguardia section, and in the same year held two solo exhibitions in New York. More recent are his large public installations, including La Montagna di sale (2010). Paladino has also collaborated with Brian Eno on numerous sound and visual artworks, the first of which, Dormienti, was presented at the Roundhouse in London in 1999. He has exhibited his work in museums around the world, including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC and the Tate Modern in London.