Mimmo Paladino


Mimmo Paladino (born 1948) is an Italian Transavantgarde sculptor, painter, and muralist. He attended the Liceo Artistico of Benevento. Paladino played a central role in developing the Transavantgarde movement, which sought to bring emotion, figuration, and mysticism back into avant-garde art.


By the 1980s, he was a principal figure of the Transavantgarde movement, and his contemporaries include artists Sandro Chia and Francesco Clemente. Paladino’s work is influenced by the human condition and executed in a variety of mediums including painting, drawings, ceramics, stonework, and prints. 


Paladino was showcased at the 1980 Venice Biennale for its Transavantgarde-specific exhibition. He has shown work worldwide, including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. and the Tate Modern in 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.