GINO MAROTTA

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GINO MAROTTA, 1968
DALIA


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GINO MAROTTA, 1968
STRUZZO ARTIFICIALE


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GINO MAROTTA, 1969
ARTIFICIAL PALM


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GINO MAROTTA, 1969
ARTIFICIAL FLAMINGO


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ARTIFICIAL FLAMINGO


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GINO MAROTTA, 1973
ARTIFICIAL TURTLE


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GINO MAROTTA, 1973
ARTIFICIAL FLAMINGO
 

BIOGRAPHY

Gino Marotta (Campobasso 1935 - Roma 2012) is one of the greatest artists in the Italian and international art scene of the last century. Never afraid to experiment with new and different techniques and materials, using original and lateral approaches to traverse the avant-garde experiments that emerged in Italy during the sixties, from Pop and New Dada to Arte Povera. Born in Campobasso, when he was fifteen he moved to Rome where he attended the art school and he had the possibility to know many important artists of that period, such as Giorgio de Chirico, Capogrossi, Guttuso and Cagli. His career as an artist started in the fifties when he developed a series of works made by different techniques and style, such as tapestries, encaustic and amalgams of sand. In 1957, together with Burri, Capogrossi, Fontana and Balthus, he started taking part in many international exhibitions, as “Pittori d’oggi Francia - Italia” in Turin, “Modern Italiensk Maleri” in Copenhagen. Then his research in materials lead him to create the series “Aluminum”, thin aluminum sheets welded, and later, “Bandoni”, iron sheets found and removed from abandoned shacks, that kept popular images layered in time, such as provocative female figures and advertising of sewing machines: Marotta assembled them by making a Neo-Dadaist operation. From the sixties, in the laboratories of the chemical and foundry industries, Marotta experimented with materials such as polyurethanes and polyesters and created sculptures using industrial processes for the mass production. These were also the years of his famous creations in methacrylate: colorful sculptures with the shapes of trees, palms, exotic animals, as flamingos, turtles and giraffes. An exploration, a dialogue between the natural and the artificial. The material of these works, the methacrylate, and sometimes the addition of neon illumination, represents the modernity, the industrial Era, in contraposition to the natural essence of the world, the landscape, the rural life that is subjected to a metamorphosis. The industrially celebrates the elegiac feeling of loss, nostalgia for a rural world in danger of extinction. The orthogonal sections give three-dimensionality to the sculptures, but it is the light that, going through the material, rebuilds the volumes, in a play of transparency and brightness. In those same years Marotta explored also the environment art, realizing incredible works as for example “Foresta di Menta” of 1968: an environment multi-sensory installation with, a long series of green threads made from plastic materials that give the suggestion of hanging vines, placed in a minted fragrant atmosphere. In this period he participated in many international exhibitions and events, as the IX Bienal de São Paulo do Brasil (1967), the Exhibition of Contemporary Italian art at the National Museum of Modern art in Tokyo, the Universal Exposition in Montreal ( 1967), the exhibition “4 Artistes Italiens plus que Nature” Musée des Arts Décoratifs at the Palais du Louvre in Paris, with Ceroli , Pascali and Kounellis (1969).In the eighties he abandoned the plastic and industrial materials to use more traditional materials (marble, bronze, oil painting ... ). But this change did not take his mind off from his rigorous research on language and on incidence of the light even in paintings. In 1997 he exhibited again his sculptures in methacrylate in the solo show “Gino Marotta - methacrylate Works 1964-1974” at the Associazione Culturale La Palma in Rome and in the exhibition “Dadaismo Dadaismi” in Verona, curated by Giorgio Cortenova. In 1999, the solo show “Gino Marotta . Methacrylates” at Palazzo Ricci of Macerata, covered a time span ranging from the early sixties to the second half of the seventies and presented new works in methacrylate realized from 1998 to 1999. In 2010 the MACRO Museum in Rome dedicated to him the solo show “Gino Marotta”, an important retrospective exhibiting his methacrylate and lights production. He continued to exhibit all over the world, from Usa to Asia and he participated several times to the Biennal of Venice, the last one in 2011 where he exhibited the “Cronotopo Virtuale”, a work-environment of colored light in which you can enter, almost go blind and lose the references in the world.

 

MIART 2018 MILAN ITALY

13 - 15 April 2018

Artists on show:
Nanda Vigo
Gino Marotta
Urano Palma
Gianni Pettena
Virginia Leonard


"THE OUT OF AFRICA" AT ERASTUDIO APARTMENT-GALLERY

17 april - 23 june 2018

Artists on show:
Nanda Vigo
Gino Marotta
Urano Palma
Gianni Pettena


DESIGN/MIAMI 2018

tuesday december 4 2018


VERNISSAGE:
wednesday december 5, 10am–12pm

PUBLIC SHOW DAYS:
december 5 - 9


DESIGN MIAMI/MIAMI BEACH USA

6 - 12 December 2017

Artists on show:
Gianni Pettena
Gino Marotta
Nanda Vigo,
Ettore Sottsass
Riccardo Dalisi
Mario Ceroli