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Michele Tombolini

 

Michele Tombolini

Venice, 1963. Lives and works between Venice and Oslo.

Michele Tombolini's research ranges in different disciplines, from painting to sculpture, from installations to performances.

His initial pictorial style originates from an introspective research that has in instinct its most strong characteristic with a material style which is inspired by the great masters of the twentieth century, from Picasso to the great upheavals of the Transvangarde.

In occasion of his participation with a video to Personal Structures at the Venice Biennale in 2013, Michele Tombolini put the foundations for a change by turning his research towards an increasingly conceptual approach with a deeper focus on social matters.

In 2014 the artist moved to Berlin where he realized Butterfly, an interactive mural created on the facade of a building in the centre of East Berlin. The monumental artwork, h.20 m, fitted into the context of the international Indelible Marks project, aimed at raising public awareness of the great problem of child prostitution and child abuse in the world. Butterfly depicts a girl with a mouth closed by a plaster but with blue butterfly wings, and this artwork represents the beginning of a revolution in the artist's language where an element of positivity, represented by bright colours, is inserted in contrast to the greyness of the city and the degradation and social problems that characterize the great metropolises.

The artist's new artistic path is characterized by an approach to the image that can be defined as Pop, while maintaining a level of reading that carries a marked interest in social dynamics, the so-called Social Pop.



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