Mimmo Germanà

Biography

Picture Mimmo Germanà

Born in Catania (1944 – Milan 1992), came into the spotlight in the early Eighties with Transavanguardia, the term used by Achille Bonito Oliva to refer to a small group of Italian artists who started up a warm and visionary form of representation, with fauvist colours, taking ideas and quotations as they liked also from the art of the past, after the “cold” Seventies with its conceptual art.
With Cucchi, Chia, Clemente, Paladino and De Maria, the self-taught Sicilian artist took part in this return to painting with his own personal injection of popular, apparently ingenuous imagination, with powerful symbolic overtones. “A dazzling, colourful, rapid inventiveness of yellows, reds and blues” wrote Francesco Gallo, a fellow Sicilian, commemorating his friend who died of AIDS aged just 48.
A sort of Mediterranean expressionism combined the primitivism of forms with the Dionysian impetus of intense colours and powerful materials to compose scenes with a mythical feel about them. This fantastic energy (he has been referred to as “the Italian Chagall”) earned him – as early as 1980 – participation in the Venice Biennale.
In 1987 the Premio Gallarate was awarded to this artist, with his complex, unconventional and indomitable personality. Fundamental themes were his figures of women with characteristic oval faces and enchanting Mediterranean landscapes, which became the hallmark of his iconographic vocabulary.
According to S. Grasso, he is the “James Dean of art because he has always opted for a powerful form of painting...”, while in Del Vecchio’s view he was “a centaur of the brushstroke, of an adventurous style...” and A. Bonito Oliva wrote: “a flowing rhythm underlies his painting, which is made of dense brushstrokes and thicknesses, louring colours and powerful materials.”

Mostre Personali :

1970
Galleria L'Attico, Roma

1977
Galleria Toselli, Milano

1978
Galleria Pio Monti, Roma
Galleria Toselli, Milano
Galleria Persano, Torino

1980
Galleria Mazzoli, Modena

1981
Galleria Advance, Dusserdorf
Galleria Mazzoli, Modena
Galleria Toselli, Milano

1982
Galleria Cavalieri, Bologna
Gall.Ariadne, Vienna
Galleria Giuli, Lecco

1983
Galleria Antiope Paris
Galleria Ferrari, Verona

1984
Galleria Barlach, Amburgo
Biennale, Sidney

1985
Galleria La Bertesca, Milano
Galleria Toselli, Milano
Galleria Chifel, Genova

1986
Galleria Chifel, Genova

1987
Galleria Studio Kostel, Paris
Galleria Ferrari, Verona
Galleria Campanile, Bari

1988
Galleria Soligo, Roma
Galleria Roberto Monti, Modena
Galleria Civica, Valdagno
Studio Galliani, Genova

1989
Galleria A. Macght, Paris
Galleria Free Art, Torino
Galleria Yesse, Bielefeld
Galleria Manuela Boscolo, Busto Arsizio
Centre Culturel Francais, Cairo ed Alessandria - Egitto
Musèe de peinture et de sculture, Instabul-Turchia

1990
La Bottega dei Vasai, Milano
Galleria Mazzoli, Modena
Artscope, Bruxelles
Ephemere, Montigny le Tilleul
De Gryse, Tielt
Centro Cult. Francese, Damas - Siria
Delegazione d'azione culturale, Thessalonique - Grecia
Istituto Francese, Atene - Grecia
Centro Culturale Francese, Amman - Giordania

1991
Runsterlrhaus, Graz

1994
Museo d'arte contemporanea e Fondazioni Orestiadi, Gibellina
Galleria Boxart, Verona

For the latest exhibitions of the artist, please see the Appointments' Archive