" The art research by Mondino is a complex and sometimes inextricable, always ironic world, where everyday objects are unusual and surprising. "
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.
1969, he introduced writings and single words into his works, and started
experimenting with unusual materials such as sugar and chocolate.
1976, he took part in the 38th Venice Biennial with a work centered on a philological
parallel between his art and Schönberg’s
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.
|Title||Il piccolo granadero+Hierro in bronzo|
|Dimensions||140 x 191 cm|
|Technique||acrylic on linoleum and bronze sculpture|
|Publications||The other look Catalog, 2017, p. 28-29|
|Exhibitions||The other look, IAGA Contemporary Art, 23.10-16.11 2016|
Il piccolo granadero+Hierro in bronzo