Mimmo Paladino studied art in his hometown of Benevento, Italy, and developed to become an accomplished painter, printmaker, sculptor and draughtsman. He is a leading figure of the Transavanguardia movement. 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.