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Mimmo Paladino (Italian, b.1948)

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Also known as:  Paladino, Mimmi

Birth Place: Paduli, Italy

Biography:

Who is painter Mimmo Paladino?

Mimmo Paladino is an Italian artist, sculptor, and one of the founders of the Transvanguardia artistic movement, an Italian version of Neo-expressionism that first started in the 1980s. Mimmo Paladino has a wide oeuvre that encompasses traditional illustration, painting, and neo-expressionist sculptures. His pieces often deal with Italian themes and artists, making his work extremely popular domestically. That said, he’s an international figure. His sculptures appear around the world, including the New Art Centre Sculpture Park in Salisbury, the Montagna del Sale in Milan, and the Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids.

Paladino has lived in Milan since the 1970s, becoming something of a cult figure in the artistic mecca. He was brought to a wider audience after being invited to the Venice Biennale by the famed art critic Achille Bonito Oliva in 1980. He has mounted major exhibitions at The Royal Academy of Arts, the Newport Harbor Museum, LACMA, and the Belvedere in Prague to name just a few. He continues to exhibit paintings and unveil public sculptures around the world.

What kind of art does Mimmo Paladino make?

Mimmo Paladino is an Italian artist and sculptor, best known as the godfather of the Transvanguardia artistic movement. Transavanguardia is essentially the Italian version of Neo-expressionism, which tries to move beyond the avant-garde. It focuses on a return to figurative art, using mysticism, symbolism, and maximal aesthetics to great effect. Paladino’s first solo exhibition came at the tender age of 20 when he exhibited at the Galleria Carolina in Naples. Paladino has continually evolved as an artist, telling reporters and the public that it is his job to take chances and push the art community further. He has collaborated with some of the most important Italian artists, critics, and gallery owners of the 20th century. These include Emilio Mazzoli, Lucio Amelio, and several others. One of Paladino’s best-known works is his illustrations for Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, which were published in 2001.

How did painter Mimmo Paladino get started?

Mimmo Paladino was born in Paduli in 1948 but soon moved with his family to the neighboring city of Benevento. He was inspired by a 1964 visit to the Venice Biennale, where he discovered American Pop Art. The young artist vowed to return to school and pursue his art education. He made some mark in 1968 with a solo exhibition in Naples, but it wouldn’t be until the 1970s and 1980s when the artist would rise to prominence. His work as one of the vanguards of the Transavanguardia movement would cement his legacy and lead to over four decades of important Italian art.

How much are Mimmo Paladino paintings worth?

Mimmo Paladino paintings are very valuable, from around $5,000 on the low end to nearly $300,000 on the high end. The most ever paid for a Mimmo Paladino painting at auction is $291,200 for the piece Canto I (1995) which sold on October 24th, 2005. This was nearly three times its estimated high estimate. That said, it doesn’t seem like an outlier, Paladino has had several pieces sell for more than $225,000. His work has a large audience, both domestically in Itally and Internationally. His value is commensurate with that popularity.

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