1935 - 2004 · Italy
A master of the twentieth-century abstract tradition, Italian artist Dadamaino was celebrated during the course of her career for her embrace of the exploration of surface and its rupture.
Best known for her “Volumes,” a series of works begun in the late 1950s that were only black and white and called forth a wide variety of surface patterns and penetrations, Dadamaino later evolved into other explorations yet remained true to her passion for these progressive ideals in art.
Born Eduarda Emilia Maino in Milan in 1935, Dadamaino was a self-taught artist who nevertheless found herself at the nexus of modern painting early on in her career. Exchanging conceptual ideas with figures such as Lucio Fontana in series like “Volumes,” Dadamaino was also associated with Germany’s Group Zero as well as the Dutch Group Nul and France’s Group Motus in France. Among her many accomplishments, Dadamaino participated several times in the Venice Biennale. The artist died in Milan on 13 April 2004, but her works live on in important international collections, including that of the Tate Gallery in London and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice.