(Italian, b. 1926)


Arnaldo Pomodoro was born in 1926 in Morciano di Romagna, Italy. In his twenties, he participated in the post–World War II reconstruction planning for public buildings at the Department of Civil Engineering in Pesaro, where he spent his childhood. While studying at the Pesaro Art Academy, Pomodoro focused on stage design, learning goldsmithery at workshops on the side.

In the 1950s, Pomodoro used basic hand tools to create a series of flat reliefs, a process he practiced for architectural design. These reliefs were influenced by and dedicated to the simple lines found in the drawings of Swiss–German artist Paul Klee. Pomodoro isolated sections of drawing and transformed the flat marks into raised textures. By the beginning of the next decade, he incorporated the relief–making process into the much larger, three–dimensional works for which he is now internationally known.

Pomodoro’s sculptures reveal a cautious attitude towards technological progress. The forms of his pieces often borrow from the smooth designs of mid–20th century technology, yet we can always find along the bronze surfaces blatant disruptions of intense texture, often altered with a different color to create a disconnect within the work. Today, Pomodoro lives and works in Milan.


Written by Dora Zhang, AB in Economics and Visual Arts, 2016


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