Pino Pascali (Bari 1935 – Rome 1968), Italian artist.
An eclectic artist, Pascali was a sculptor, set designer and performer, considered to be one of the most important exponents of Arte Povera. His works bring together the roots of Mediterranean culture (the fields, the sea, the land and animals) through the playful dimension of art.
After studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, he worked as a graphic designer and production designer for television, proposing large-scale projects and developing a vocation for the environment and the Arte Povera sculptural inventions, based on assemblages of recycled materials, which together with a pop-like playful irony and a neo-dadaist experimentalism, represented a constant in his brief and vital artistic career. The series Frammenti di donna, female anatomical parts made with cambered shaped canvases was followed by the irreverent Armi (1965), toy sculptures in wood and canvas, in the wake of an artistic production in which the thread of irony never failed to achieve, for instance, the different versions of the Sea (1966-67), simulated with a white canvas on timber ribs and bowls of colored water, or his Bachi da Setola (1968), large caterpillars made of synthetic bristles.
Art and industry in 1960s Italy
Boom. Art and industry in 1960s Italy, exhibition catalogue published in one language ( English ), edited by Flavia Frigeri with texts by Flavia Frigeri and Ursula Casamonti. 92 pages, illustrated artworks
2018, pag 92, English