Paladino was born in Paduli (Campania), Italy and studied art when minimalism and conceptualism dominated the international art scene. By the 1980s, he was a principal figure of the Transavantgarde movement, and his contemporaries include artists Sandro Chia and Francesco Clemente. His European fame came from a multi-country exhibit that showed in Basel and Amsterdam, while Anna Noisei and Marian Goodman established his name in the United States. As a result of these shows, Paladino’s work became instantly desirable and collectible. In recent years, he has had the largest retrospective ever curated by an Italian museum; was tapped as an Honorary Member of the Royal Arts Academy in London; presented the film ‘El Quixote’ at the Venice Film Festival; collaborated with architect Renzo Piano; produced several large-scale commissions for Italian cultural institutions; and was granted an honorary architecture degree from the University of Lugano. Paladino’s work is influenced by the human condition and executed in a variety of mediums including painting, drawings, ceramics, stonework, and prints.