Mimmo Paladino


Mimmo Paladino (b. 1948, Italy) played a central role in the development of the Transavantgarde movement alongside Sandro Chia and Francesco Clemente. Regarded as the Italian version of Neo-Expressionism, Transavantgarde revived the emotion, figuration and mysticism in art. Paladino’s sculptures, paintings and prints often reference past art historical traditions, modernizing iconography with distinct, graceful elongation.


Paladino attended the Benevento Art High School, where he was influenced by Pop artists Claes Oldenburg and Jim Dine. The artist has exhibited internationally, including at the 1980 Venice Biennale and the 1982 documenta VII. His work can be found in prominent collections worldwide, notably the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, D.C), Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Museum of Fine Arts (Houston) and Tate Modern (London).


Related Works

  • Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo also depicts figures in a naive and modernistic style, albeit in an earthier palette. View his work.
  • In the collection of our sister gallery, form & concept, Holly Roberts's  mixed-media paintings evoke Paladino's figures on horseback and other animal motifs. View her work.