Luigi Mainolfi
biography

Luigi Mainolfi was born in Rotondi (Avelino) in 1948.

He first moved to Naples, where he studied painting at the fine arts academy, and then to Turin, in 1973, a moment of great activity of the Arte Povera group, and of the “new painting” with its analytical and abstract reference points.

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biography

Luigi Mainolfi was born in Rotondi (Avelino) in 1948.

He first moved to Naples, where he studied painting at the fine arts academy, and then to Turin, in 1973, a moment of great activity of the Arte Povera group, and of the “new painting” with its analytical and abstract reference points.

Mainolfi first reacted to these stimuli with various performance activities, and then turned to an art that moulded and constructed with materials: in fact he was on the way to developing a new sculptural language in about 1979, the year when he began to work on “Campana” (1979-1980), a large plaster form physically constructed with his own hands and destined to be covered with graffiti and writing. He then began to work with such humble and natural materials as terracotta, plaster, volcanic rock, as well as casting in bronze. In 1980, with his “Paesaggi”, he began an unprecedented use in the contemporary sphere of multicoloured terracotta. In the works dating from 1982, the terracotta had already achieved that epidermal aspect that was to be characteristic of his work: a surface that seems spongy. These works were then followed by sound and symbolic elements derived from “Campana” such as door knockers, percussive mallets, and shell-castanets. The works from the 1990s reveal a kind of cooling of the epidermis, which was developed further in his “Città”, monumental pyramidal structures on which small windows were impressed with stencils. Even cooler were the iron “Paesaggi” where the surface modulation was made with superimposed thin sheets.

Mainolfi’s exhibition curriculum is extensive, and ranges from Documenta, Kassel, to the Venice Biennales, and the Rome quadrennial art exhibitions. In 2001 the artist was chosen as Italy’s representative for an exchange with a Japanese artist. Here he was invited to the Sapporo museum of contemporary art where, for its park, he made “Mainolfi swims in the water of Hokkaido” and “Colonne di Sapporo”.

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exhibitions

2016

Salerno, Galleria Paola Verrengiao

 

2014

Caraglio (CN), CESAC – Centro Sperimentale per le Arti Contemporanee – Il Filatorio

Molfetta (BA), Torrione Passari, Chiesetta di Santa Maria de Principe e Palazzo Dogana

 

2011

Falconara Marittima (AN), CART – Centro Documentazione Arte Contemporanea – Palazzo Pergoli

Torino, Museo Civico d’Arte Antica – Palazzo Madama

 

2010

Torino, GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea

 

2009

Carrara, Accademia di Belle Arti

Carrara, Blu Corner Ricci Ferramenta Arte Contemporanea

Pesaro, Alexander Museum Palace Hotel

 

2007

Köln, Istituto Italiano di Cultura

 

2006

Treviso, L’Elefante Arte Contemporanea

Viterbo, Galleria d’Arte Naos

 

2005

Alessandria, Studio Vigato

Salerno, Complesso di Santa Sofia, Chiesa dell’Addolorata

 

2004

Sassuolo (MO), Festival filosofia

Firenze, Santo Ficara Arte Moderna e Contemporanea

 

2002

Castrocaro Terme (FO), Fortezza medievale

Bologna, Otto Arte Contemporanea

 

2001

Torino, 41 Artecontemporanea

Sapporo, Museum of Contemporary Art

 

2000

Firenze, Già Via Nuova per l’arte contemporanea

Paris, Studio Simonis

Trento, L’Isola Galleria d’Arte

Seggiano (GR), Il giardino di Daniel Spoerri

Montemarcello - Ameglia (SP), La Marrana

 

1998

Trento, Galleria d’Arte Il Cenacolo

Bologna, Galleria De’ Foscherari – Galleria Studio G7 – Otto Arte Contemporaneaa

 

1997

Forte dei Marmi (LU), Giampaolo Becherini

Torre Pelice (TO), Tucci Russo

Paris, Studio Simonis

 

1996

Milano, Gian Ferrari Arte Contemporanea

Torino, Vetrina Tucci Russo

Napoli, Maschio Angioino - Museo Civico di Castelnuovo

 

1995

Santa Sofia (FO), Galleria Arte Contemporanea Vero Stoppioni e alveo fiume Bidente

Torino, GAM, Promotrice di Belle Arti

Paris, Hotel de Galliffet, Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Paris, Galérie Di Meo

 

1994

Bologna, Villa delle Rose - Galleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna

Torino, Tucci Russo

Praha, Galerie Hlavniho Mèsta Prahy

 

1993

Pozzuoli (NA), Galleria Alfonso Artiaco

 

1992

Bologna, Galleria De’ Foscherari

Gubbio (PG), Palazzo dei Consoli, Gubbio ’92. XXI Biennale di Scultura

Rimini, Galleria d’Arte Contemporanea

 

1991

Brescia, Galleria Piero Cavellini

Biella, Atrium Arte Moderna

 

1990

Venezia, XLIV Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte. La Biennale di Venezia, Padiglione Italia

 

1989

Bolzano, Galleria d’Arte Il Sole

Trento, Galleria Paola Stelzer

 

1988

Pozzuoli (NA), Alfonso Artiaco Spazio d’Arte

Bologna, Galleria De’ Foscherari

Paris, Galérie Di Meo

 

1987

Firenze, Palazzo degli affari, SIAC – Salone Italiano d’Arte Contemporanea. II edizione

Aosta, Tour Fromage

Bolzano, Galleria d’Arte Il Sole

 

1986

Roma, Galleria Pio Monti

Milano, Galleria Piero Cavellini

 

1985

Torino, Tucci Russo

 

1984

Brescia, Galleria Piero Cavellini

Bergamo, Studio Dossi

 

1983

Torino, Tucci Russo

München, Galerie Walter Storms

 

1982

Viggi (VA), Museo Butti

Frankfurt am Main, Galerie Appel und Fertsch

 

1981

Napoli, Castel Sant’Elmo

Brescia, Galleria Piero Cavellini

Bergamo, Galleria Dossi

 

1980

Roma, Galleria Arco d’Alibert

Bologna, Studio G7

 

1978

Brescia, Galleria Piero Cavellini

Napoli, Studio Morra

 

1976

Torino, Galleria Marin

 

1974

Torino, Antidogma

 

1972

Caserta, Studio Oggetto

Napoli, Europa Centro D’Arte

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