Aldo Mondino

Biography

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" The art research by Mondino is a complex and sometimes inextricable, always ironic world, where everyday objects are unusual and surprising. "

Biography

Research

Italian artist, the art research by Mondino is a complex and sometimes inextricable, always ironic world, where everyday objects are unusual and surprising. Difficult to classify in movements or artistic currents, Mondino in the second half of the Twentieth Century was able to reactivate the principle of Dadaist subversion of the world, joining the Surrealist language. For his works he used many different kinds of materials, from caramel and chocolate, to a more traditional oil painting (but on plastic sheets).Very important are his mosaics realized using chocolate, seeds, coffee, legumes and many other different materials.

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Born in Turin, in 1959 he moved to Paris where he attended William Heyter’s Atelier 17 for two years. He also studied mosaics with Gino Severini, and met young surrealistic painters, an experience which would leave its mark in his works from the Sixties. In 1960 he went back to Italy and started exhibiting at Gian Enzo Sperone’s Gallery. His works from that period are straightforward quotations of painters from Casorati to Dine, with references to pop culture, traffic signs, and the world of childhood. In 1969, he introduced writings and single words into his works, and started experimenting with unusual materials such as sugar and chocolate. In 1976, he took part in the 38th Venice Biennial with a work centered on a philological parallel between his art and Schönberg’s compositions.
From the 1990s onward, his interest focused on oriental themes and three-dimensional works. He created sculptures in sweets and chocolate and went on a long trip to Morocco, Palestine and Turkey. In 1993, for the Venice Biennial, he exhibited a series of large paintings representing whirling dervishes: the Orient and Spain were the central elements of his work throughout those years, as the artwork entitled Il piccolo granadero + Hierro in bronzo (The small granadero + Hierro in bronze) well suggests.
In 2000 he made his first trip to India, and in 2001 a first retrospective of his works took place in Florence. 
Maurizio Cattelan will present The Tapestries by Mondino in the project One Torino for Artissima 2014.

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