Pino Pinelli

Inspired by the slightly older Zero artists, Pino Pinelli’s work encapsulates the desire of the era to alter the existence of traditional painting. Through the creation of mixed media geometric foms, Pinelli eliminates the presence of the canvas in its usual form while still hinting at the idea of a painting. His work often comprises of multiple brightly monochromatic elements, which hang on the wall and yet give the impression of a canvas that has been melted or otherwise deconstructed. As one of the leading figures in the Analytical Painting movement (Pittura Analitica), Pinelli’s work challenges the traditional idea of painting by creating works that mimic either outlines or geometric trails, and by utilizing the materials themselves to give solidity to the artwork. The artwork in its actual form is transformed through Pinelli’s ideas, and thereby lays outside the confines of specific media. By combining simple geometric shapes and predominantly primary colors, Pino Pinelli has created a unique artform that cannot comfortably be categorized and yet serves as a powerful minimalist statement.Pino Pinelli was born in Catania, Sicily in 1938. His work has been exhibited worldwide since the late 1960s, notably at the Institute of Italian Culture (London), the National Gallery of Modern Art (Rome), and the Venice Biennale in 1987 and 1997.Pinelli currently lives and works in Milan.

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