Mimmo Paladino was born in Paduli (Benevento) in 1948 and currently works in both his hometown and Rome. He is one of the leading representatives of Transavantgarde, the artistic movement theorised in 1980 by art critic Achille Bonito Oliva receiving full recognition in the Aperto section of the Venice Biennale of that same year. The artists part of the movement advocated a return to painting as opposed to the de-materialization embraced by Minimalism and Conceptual Art.
Over the 1980s Paladino’s artistic research integrated abstract visuals with elements of figuration.
By exploring myth and honing archetypical figures, Paladino postulates an archaic, Mediterranean, oneiric art centred on the theme of memory and fragment. His statues are icons, antique geometrical masks, forming an alphabet of signs framed in a cyclic pattern of return. His 1990s Mountain of Salt installation in Piazza del Plebiscito in Naples, with warrior figures and large horses emerging from the white pile of salt remains one of his most memorable works.