Domenico Paladino (Paduli, 1948).
Directed to study arts by his uncle which was a painter, Mimmo Paladino becomes one of the leading international cultural artists.
He made his debut in the conceptual climate of the early seventies with photography, until, in 1977, Lucio Amelio invited him in his gallery, where Paladino draws directly on the wall, a large pastel drawing.
In the second part of the seventies Paladino rediscovered painting, retrieves colour as a subject and expression. He paints abstract images of dreams by contrasting colours, enclosed in geometric structures such as tree branches and masks. In 1980 Achille Bonito Oliva invites the Venice Biennale in the Open 80. It is the birth of the Trans, to which belong with him Chia, Clemente, Cucchi and De Maria.
In 1985 Paladin produces bronze sculptures and installations. In 1980, a travelling exhibition in Basel, Essen Amsterdam and the staff at the Badischer Kunstverein Karlsruhe confirming the successinternationally. In 1982, Paladino is at Documenta, Kassel, in 1985 he held his first personal exhibition at Lenbachhaus in Monaco and in 1988 at the Venice Biennale with a solo.
Towards the end of the eighties the composition of his work is more rigorous and simplified. In 1990 Paladin achieves the set of The Bride of Messina Schiller Gibellina directed by Elio Captains and built for the first time out of a mountain of salt, which then resurfaced in the Plebiscite square in Naples and Milan in Piazzetta Reale. In 1992 he installs a permanent artwork in Hortus Conclusus in the university campus of San Domenico in Benevento.
In 2003, Paladino represents Italian art in Brussels with the Zenith equestrian sculpture, placed in the centre of the European Parliament. A few years later he submitted artwork to the Capodimonte museum dedicated to Don Quixote as a prelude Quijote, his feature film, in which Lucio Dalla also stars. In 2010 he creates the setting for Work in Progress, the tour that brought together in concert the couple Dalla and De Gregori after thirty years of separation.
His last exhibition at the Museum of Ceramics in Faenza in 2012 was a great success with the public, a sign of talent where Paladino makes the use of traditional sculpture materials and poems of the past that travel through time, present and future, renewing symbols that are eternal and remain eternally understandable.