Mario Airò

1961 · Italy

Artist biography

Mario Airò is a contemporary artist considered well established, who was born in Italy. Mario Airò was born in 1961. Also born in Italy around 1961 and of the same generation are Maurizio Cattelan and Grazia Toderi.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Mario Airò's work is available on display in multiple galleries around the globe such as in Belgium and Italy. Galleries include Bernier/Eliades Gallery and Galerie Greta Meert in Brussels, and Tucci Russo in Turin. Mario Airò's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition RAINBOW 2018 at Tucci Russo in Turin, Italy. The exhibition was open from 10 February 2018 until 11 March 2018.

Historical Context of Italy

Italy has been vastly sumptuous in cultural influence since the time of the Romans, this classical period has exerted a major influence on the cultural growth and distinctiveness of the country. Italy represents the realm of the Renaissance, called 'Rinascita' in Italian, translating to 'rebirth'. The Renaissance has been considered, from the early 1400s, as the first extensive flowering of cultural sophistication in art, architecture, music, poetry, philosophy and politics since the Middle Ages. In the modern and contemporary period, Italy was afflicted by the fascism of Mussolini but has nevertheless remained as an important heart for artistic expression, initiating movements such as Futurism, Arte Povera and the Minimalism related to the Zero Movement, as well as the expressive painting of the Transavanguardia. Critically acclaimed Italian artists of 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 Mario Airò

Born in 1961, Mario Airò's creative work was largely inspired by the 1980s. The 1980s were a tumultuous period culturally, and were marked by growing global capitalism, widespread mass media, significant discrepancies in wealth, alongside a distinctive sense of music and fashion, epitomised by electronic pop music and hip hop. Artists growing up during this time were heavily influenced by this cultural atmosphere. The 1980s were an important decade in terms of politics, marked by the African Famine and the end of the Cold War, which was signified by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Neo Geo and The Pictures Generation became leading art movements during the decade, alongside Neo-Expressionism which became popular in Germany, France and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were key artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.

Mario Airò