Mimmo Paladino studied art in his hometown of Benevento, Italy, and has become an accomplished painter, printmaker, sculptor and draughtsman. He still resides in Benevento. His work focuses on stylized, abstracted images and narrative subjects.
In Tana, the textures he uses enhance the dream-like nature of the piece. Tana also makes use of Paladino’s knowledge of geometry and physics in the balance of shapes and volumes. In this work, the face appears mask-like, with the eyes and mouth open.
Mimmo Paladino. Tana, 1994. Bronze, 91.25 x 40.75 x 44.75 inches. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer. © Mimmo Paladino. Photo by William J. Hebert.