The Portraits and figurative paintings of Italian Postmodern Provocateur Aldo Mondino
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Oskar Kokoschka, Egon Schiele, Koloman Mosar – these are some of the renowned figures Mondino captures in his irreverent series of portraits that pay tribute to famous artists.
Italian artist Aldo Mondino’s (1938–2005) practice centred on painting but also involved investigating sculpture and performance. His style developed through the appropriation of stylistic and formal both the historical avant-garde (Surrealism and Dadaism) and works produced by his contemporaries.
The exhibition at explores his quest to reinvent painting in times of social and political transformation, with a particular focus on portraits and figurative painting on linoleum. Mondino’s extensive travels informed his capacity to put human relationships at the centre of his discovery of otherness.
Mondino was deeply fascinated and influenced by his travels, especially in the region spanning from Morocco to Palestine, where he saw parallels between prayer and the intense attention required by painting in a conceptual manner.
In his pursuit of spirituality and otherness, Mondino became obsessed with other artists, philosophers and writers, and he portrayed them continuously. Amongst those included in the exhibition is his portrait of Moroccan author Mohamed Choukri (1935–2003).