Mimmo Germanà



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Mimmo Germanà Painter

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Mimmo Germanà was an Italian painter. Born in Catania in 1944, he began his artistic journey as a self-taught artist, influenced by the post-conceptual climate. His talent emerges when, during his military service, he wins a prize in an extemporaneous painting competition, thus confirming his artistic vocation.
After his classical studies in Sicily, his homeland, he leaves for Rome, attending the Art Institute and Academy. There, in 1968, he met Alessandro Chia and Francesco Clemente , starting revolutionary artistic experiments. In this period, Mimmo Germanà was deeply influenced by German Expressionists such as Kirchner, by the French Fauves, and by artists such as Munch, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Matisse, DeKooning and Chagall. His unique style, defined by Sebastiano Grasso as “Mediterranean Expressionism”, fuses the primitivism of Gauguin with the vibrant colors of Sicily.
The 1970s saw Mimmo Germanà explore the abstract minimal, the figure and the composition of multiple canvases. These experiences culminated in the 1980s in a new pictorial journey, described by Francesco Gallo as a “dazzling fantasy” of intense colors and strong materials, evocative of a mythical feeling.
In 1980, the artist participates in the Venice Biennale, invited by the art critic Achille Bonito Oliva, joining forces with Transavantgarde artists such as Chia, Cucchi, Paladino and De Maria. This movement marks a return to the "warm joy" of color and the figure, after the conceptual years.
Mimmo Germanà, described by Vecchio as a "Centaur of the brushstroke", is known for a painting characterized from “smooth rhythm, thickness and dense brushstrokes” (Achille Bonito Oliva). His art, deeply rooted in Mediterranean culture, depicts female figures with oval faces and enchanting landscapes, distinctive of his iconographic vocabulary.
Although reserved and shy, Mimmo Germanà's influence extends beyond Italy's borders, with works exhibited in numerous private galleries and museums in Europe and America. The Gallarate Prize was awarded to him in 1987 in recognition of his complex and non-conformist personality. The artist, suffering from AIDS, died prematurely at the age of 48 in 1992 in Busto Arsizio. However, his legacy endures through works preserved in museums such as the Museo del Novecento in Milan, the Mambo in Bologna, and the Gallarate Art Museum. His career, although short, is marked by participation in international Biennials and by a significant retrospective at the Palazzo Barberini in Rome in 2005.
Mimmo Germanà, known as the “Italian Chagall”, remains a figure iconic in Italian art, an artist who courageously embraced his uniqueness, leaving an indelible mark on the art world.

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