Arnaldo Pomodoro

Arnaldo Pomodoro was born in Morciano di Romagna in 1926. After initially being directed towards studying as a surveyor, he soon devoted himself to sculpture, creating unique bas-reliefs from the 1950s onwards, which were received by critics with alternating opinions, especially in the early period. The materials he used were unprecedented, including gold and silver in his early experiments, and later incorporating more humble materials such as iron, wood, bronze, and concrete.
After an initial almost two-dimensional period, Pomodoro delved into three-dimensionality and developed his exploration of solid geometric forms. Starting in the 1960s, he decided to intervene in the geometries of the solids, tearing and cutting them with characteristic fissures in his works, cones, spheres, and cubes. During this time, he developed an elegant juxtaposition between the exterior part of his solids, composed of polished bronze, and the interior part, jagged, complex, and rugged. This counterpoint became fundamental to his production and a key element in the interpretation of all his subsequent works.
In the following years, he created several works for numerous Italian squares, pushing the dimensions of his counterposed elements to monumental proportions, reaching sizes of several meters. Currently, he lives and works in Milan.