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.

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Mimmo Paladino. _Tana_, 1994. Bronze, 91.25 x 40.75 x 44.75 inches. Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer. © Mimmo Paladino /Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York /ADAGP, Paris