Mimmo Paladino is an Italian painter, sculptor and printmaker. His career stretches from the early 1970s when the artist was invited to join Aperto, a section of the 1980 Venice Biennale dedicated to emerging art he was a key figure in the so-called Transavantgarde movement. Paladino’s early work focused on monchrome paintings incorporating found objects. During the 1980s he developed a figurative style, drawing on classical culture and mythologies for inspiration. Paladino’s work has featured in major art events including Documenta 7, the Sydney Biennale and the Paris Biennale. In 1988 he was invited to produce work at the 43rd Venice Biennale. A major retrospective of his work was held in Munich at the Stadtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus in 1985 and as well in 2001 at The Centro d'Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato.