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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.

Pino Pinelli Featured Artworks

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Pittura G by Pino Pinelli contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Pino PinelliPittura G, 1993Mixed media
32 x 53 cm
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Pittura BL by Pino Pinelli contemporary artwork painting
Pino PinelliPittura BL, 1973Acrylic on canvas
60 x 50 cm
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Pittura B by Pino Pinelli contemporary artwork sculpture
Pino PinelliPittura B, 2010Mixed media
57 x 88 x 8 cm
Cardi Gallery Contact Gallery
Pittura GR (5 elements) by Pino Pinelli contemporary artwork mixed media
Pino PinelliPittura GR (5 elements), 2008Mixed media
38 x 40 cm
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Pittura GR by Pino Pinelli contemporary artwork mixed media
Pino PinelliPittura GR, 1993Mixed media
35 x 40.5 x 2 cm
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Pittura R 畫作 R by Pino Pinelli contemporary artwork mixed media
Pino PinelliPittura R 畫作 R, 2007Mixed media
40 x 80 x 2 cm
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Pittura 86 by Pino Pinelli contemporary artwork mixed media
Pino PinelliPittura 86, 1986Mixed media
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Cardi Gallery contemporary art gallery in Milan, Italy Cardi Gallery London, Milan

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