Alessandro Cardinale

1977 · Italy

Artist biography

Alessandro Cardinale (1977 Padova – Italy) graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice.He has been working developing the theme of light and visual perception through many media preferring installation.

He took part to several art exhibitions promoted by art galleries, public institutions and foundations for contemporary art both in Italy and abroad, among which: NAMOC National Art Museum of China – Beijing, Factory 798 Art District – Beijing, Building Bridges Art Foundation – Los Angeles, Italian culture institute of San Francisco.

His artworks are featured in private and public collections: Peano Foundation – Cuneo; Pardes Foundation – Mirano | Venice, Areacreativa42 – Rivarolo | Torino, North Art Space Gallery Jakarta, Indonesia, Building Bridges Art Foundation – Los Angeles.

In 2012 he won the international section of the 5th Beijing International Art Biennale exhibiting at the National Art Museum of China.

Alessandro Cardinale is seen as an established mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from Italy, like other renowned artists such as Virgilio De Bono, Daniele Puppi, Enrico Piras, Tancredi, and Invernomuto.

About Alessandro Cardinale's works

Alessandro Cardinale is best known for working in the fields of Figuration, Design, Pop, Conceptual, Minimalism and Abstraction. Often seen as the opposite of abstraction, figurative art also exists beyond just a simple representation of reality. Although it essentially implies the ability to depict a real-world subject, the style, approaches and mediums that can be chosen by the artist are boundless, which gives figurative art the power to be truly innovative and radical. Some great instances of figurative art include Henri Matisse’s sculpture The Serf, or Pablo Picasso’s painting Les Demoiselles D’Avignon.

Since the early twentieth century, the word “design” has been used to refer to objects appreciated for the aesthetic qualities they convey. It was often used in correlation with the decorative-arts, but with the societal transformations of the 20th and 21st century, the term “design” expanded to a wider field, and now includes areas such as industrial design, graphic design and fashion design. Some of the most significant design movements include The Arts and Crafts movements and the Bauhaus, which triumphed in unifying artistic creativity with the manufacturing of objects.

With artists such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein as forefathers of the genre, pop art became a dominant style from the mid 1950s to the late 1960s, in New York and London. Unlike any other modern art movement, pop art managed to reach with the general public to a highly meaningful extent, drawing its inspiration from advertisements, popular product packaging, comic strips or even photos of celebrities. Globally understood as a reaction to the post war mass consumption boom of the 1950s, and the globalization of youth culture in the 1960s, pop art rejected the supremacy and pretension of contemporary art, especially abstract expressionism in the United States.

Conceptual art is arguably not as clear and easily defined as other art movements, and can often provoke intense reactions in the viewers. By nature, Conceptualism puts an emphasis on the strategies and research that go into the creation, making the concept of an artwork its most significant feature, rather than the actual finished product. Although the movement emerged in the mid 1960s, simultaneously across Europe and America, its forefather Marcel Duchamp had paved the way back in 1917, with his controversial artwork Fontaine. Conceptual art denies the traditional mediums, and tries to place the artwork in the realm of ideas - rather than that of material objects. Some of the most critically acclaimed figures of Conceptualism include artists such as Sol LeWitt, Lawrence Weiner and Yoko Ono.

Historical Context of Italy

The classical era of the Romans has exerted a consequential influence on the cultural and intellectual evolution of Italy, contributing to the uniqueness of the country and its splendid artistic heritage. Italy is also the country that embodies the Renaissance, “Riniscita” in its original language, which translates to “rebirth”. From the early 1400s, the Renaissance has been a fervent era of cultural and political flourishing, inducing revivals in art, architecture, music, poetry and philosophy.

Although significantly tormented by the fascism of Mussolini in the modern and contemporary period, Italy has never lost its place as one of the most fundamental artistic centres, home to pioneering movements such as Futurism and Arte Povera, as well as the expressive painting of the Transavanguardia and the Minimalism related to the Zero Movement. Some highly eminent Italian artists from the twentieth and twenty first centuries include Giorgio Di Chirico, Giacomo Balla, Giorgio Morandi, Alberto Giacometti, Lucio Fontana, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Francesco Clemente and Mimmo Paladino.

Further Biographical Context for Alessandro Cardinale

Born in 1977, Alessandro Cardinale was primarily inspired by the 1980s growing up. The 1980s were an era of growing global capitalism, political upheaval, worldwide mass media, wealth discrepancies and unique music and fashion, characterised by hip hop and electronic pop music. This had a strong impact on the generation of artists growing up during this decade.

The fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the 1980s marked the end of the Cold War, yet the era was also distinguished by the African Famine. During this time prominent art movements included Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and Neo-Expressionism, which took a strong hold in Germany, France and Italy. Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were primary artists working at this time, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who developed the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained recognition.

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