Michele Tombolini ITALY, b. 1963
Michele TomboliniPigman - #metoo series, 2020Print modified freehand - unique piece103x73 cm 40.55x20.86 in
Michele TomboliniPigwoman - #metoo series, 2020103x73 cm 40.55x20.86 in1/28
Michele TomboliniPigwoman - #metoo series, 2020Print modified freehand - unique piece103x73 cm 40.55x20.86 in
Michele TomboliniFlower Pig , 2019Lightbox140 x 140 cm
55.12 x 55.12 in
Michele TomboliniPigman, 2019Mixed media on Rubelli canvas120 x 150 cm
47.24 x 59.06 in
Michele TomboliniPigwoman, 2019Mixed media on Rubelli canvas120 x 150 cm
47.24 x 59.06 in
Michele Tombolini700, 2016Indelible marks and resins on canvas200 x 150 cm
78.74 x 59.06 in
Michele TomboliniFreedom 2Mixed media and collage on Canvas150 x 150 cm
59.06 x 59.06 in
Michele TomboliniGay loveLightbox160 x 120 cm
62.99 x 47.24 in
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My art is for everyone and it represents our times, it goes beyond the business and tells the story of our every day life and our society at a global level.
My art is a sort of conceptual and social pop, where the message is the most important thing.
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.
On the occasion of the Venice Art Biennale 2019, Michele Tombolini stood out for his installation "La Mendicante Griffata" leaning against the wall of the Academy of Fine Arts: it was a beggar woman with her face covered and a sign with the words "I’m hungry, help me". The destabilizing element was the presence of a designer bag and scratch cards scattered on the ground: is it a poor fake or a rich impoverished because of consumerism and contemporary social plagues?
The installation of the mannequin at various points in Venice was followed by an exhibition at Cà Zanardi with the projection of an artistic video with the reactions of passers-by.
The artist recently claimed the intervention on the work of Banksy "The Little Migrant" appeared in Venice last summer. Tombolini applied an adhesive X on the child’s mouth, without damaging the work of the English street artist and removing it after 24 hours, to catalyse attention on the theme of migration in Italy and strengthening the message of Banksy. The cloaked mouth indicates the impossibility of migrants to explain their version of events and to be heard in order to enforce their rights, emphasizing the delicate issue of illicit human trafficking in Italy, managed by the mafias.
ArtVerona Digital 20204 - 14 Dec 2020This year Art Verona inaugurates its new digital format ART VERONA DIGITAL 2020. Since the beginning of Cris Contini Contemporary adventure, the digital aspect has been extremely important, and we are pleased to have taken up this challenge with the Art Verona team. Do not miss Cris Contini Contemporary's selection on Art Verona Digital 2020, until 14th December. Quest'anno Art Verona inaugura il nuovo formato digitale ART VERONA DIGITAL 2020. Fin dall'inizio della nostra avventura con Cris Contini Contemporary, l'aspetto digitale è sempre stato estremamente importante e siamo lieti di...