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b. 1938, Italy

Pino Pinelli Biography

Pino Pinelli was born in 1938 in Catania, Italy. Pinelli’s works explore the essence of painting itself through the innovative use of materials and formal experiments, creating mixed-media geometric forms which mimic either outlines or geometric trails. Pinelli was one of the leading artists of Analytical Painting, defined by art critic Filiberto Menna and characterized by the artists’ interest in the material components of the painting and the relationship between the painting and the artist.

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Having studied art in Catania, Pinelli moved to Milan in 1963 where he became attracted to the artistic debates of influential artists such as Lucio Fontana, Piero Manzoni, and Enrico Castellani, as well as other artists from the Zero group. In the early 1970s Pinelli began paring down his works developing a series of monochrome paintings. From 1973 his works are titled simply Painting, followed by the first letter of their colour (R for red). Pinelli’s Topologies and Monochromes series focus on the painted surface and experiment with the juxtaposition and combination of smaller paintings on a large canvas. Later, in his Disseminations series from 1976 the wall itself becomes part of the work thus breaking down the relationship between the painting and its surroundings. In the same years, Pinelli stopped using canvas instead opting for materials such as flannel, giving the work a tactile component.

Without any fundamental attachment to the space in which they reside, Pinelli’s paintings cannot be comfortably categorised thus allowing them to grow, without the boundaries of a canvas, into often expansive, modular and dynamic forms. By moving the painting away from the canvas, Pinelli challenged the traditional conception of painting and enriched the constantly-evolving dialogue between art and life.

Pino Pinelli has been exhibited internationally in solo exhibitions including Antologia Rossa (2015), Galleria Dep Art, Milano; Paint (2012), Lucca Center of Contemporary Art, Lucca, Italy; Pino Pinelli (2001), APC Galerie, Cologne, Germany. Selected group exhibitions include A New Visual Language (2014), De Buck Gallery, New York; Images of Light, Villa Clerici, Milan (2012); Analytical Painting: 4 Main Players from Italy, Forumkunst, Rottweil, Germany (2011); Normanni, Palermo | Teatro V. Emanuele, Messina | Columbus Citizen Foundation, New York (1998). Selected public collections include MART Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Trento and Rovereto, Italy; Museo del ‘900, Milan, Italy; Museo MADRE, Naples, Italy; Zappettini Foundation in Chiavari, Italy; Dresner Bank in Frankfurt, Germany and Kreissparkasse in Rottweil, Germany.

Exhibition view: In the matter of color, Dep Art Gallery, Milan (20 May–31 July 2020). Courtesy Dep Art Gallery. 

Pino Pinelli Featured Artworks

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Pittura B by Pino Pinelli contemporary artwork
Pino PinelliPittura B, 2010Mixed media
57 x 88 x 8 cm
Cardi Gallery Enquire about this work
Pittura GR (5 elements) by Pino Pinelli contemporary artwork
Pino PinelliPittura GR (5 elements), 2008Mixed media
38 x 40 cm
Cardi Gallery Enquire about this work
Pittura G by Pino Pinelli contemporary artwork
Pino PinelliPittura G, 1986Mixed media
16 x 26 cm
Dep Art Gallery Enquire about this work
Pittura BL by Pino Pinelli contemporary artwork
Pino PinelliPittura BL, 2003Mixed media
40 x 66 cm
Dep Art Gallery Enquire about this work
Pittura GR by Pino Pinelli contemporary artwork
Pino PinelliPittura GR, 1993Mixed media
35 x 40.5 x 2 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries Enquire about this work
Pittura R 畫作 R by Pino Pinelli contemporary artwork
Pino PinelliPittura R 畫作 R, 2007Mixed media
40 x 80 x 2 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries Enquire about this work
Pittura 86 by Pino Pinelli contemporary artwork
Pino PinelliPittura 86, 1986Mixed media
Pearl Lam Galleries Enquire about this work

Pino Pinelli Current & Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, In the matter of color at Dep Art Gallery, Milan
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20 May–31 July 2020 Group Exhibition In the matter of color Dep Art GalleryMilan
Contemporary art exhibition, Pino Pinelli, Monochrome (1973–1976) – Color as destiny and as Prophecy at Dep Art Gallery, Milan
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20 June–21 September 2019 Pino Pinelli Monochrome (1973–1976) – Color as destiny and as Prophecy Dep Art GalleryMilan
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Materialised Sentiments at Pearl Lam Galleries, Shanghai
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17 January–13 March 2016 Group Exhibition Materialised Sentiments Pearl Lam GalleriesShanghai

Pino Pinelli Represented By

Cardi Gallery contemporary art gallery in Milan, Italy Cardi Gallery London, Milan
Pearl Lam Galleries contemporary art gallery in Pedder Street, Hong Kong Pearl Lam Galleries Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai

Pino Pinelli In Related Press

The space of painting: 'Pittura,' Pino Pinelli's solo exhibition Related Press The space of painting: 'Pittura,' Pino Pinelli's solo exhibition 23 May 2016, Randian

“I cannot possibly understand those artists who place themselves in front of the canvas as if it was a surface to be filed up with colors and shapes, following a taste that is more or less appreciable. They trace out a sign, walk a few steps back, look carefully at what the have just done, bend their head, half close their eyes, then jump...

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