Michele Tombolini ITALY, b. 1963
Michele Tombolini700Indelible marks and resins on canvas200 x 150 cm
Michele TomboliniDonutsLightbox160 x 120 cm
Michele TomboliniFlower PigLightbox140 x 140 cm
Michele TomboliniGay loveLightbox160 x 120 cm
Michele TomboliniPigmanMixed media on Rubelli Canvas120 x 150 cm
Michele TomboliniPigwomanMixed media on Rubelli Canvas120 x 150 cm
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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, to installations and to performance.
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 transavantgarde.
During his participation to Personal Structures, at the 2013 Venice Biennale, with a video; Michele Tombolini put the foundations for a change by turning his perspective 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, depicting a girl with a mouth closed by a plaster but with blue butterfly wings, represents the beginning of a revolution in the artist's language in which an element of positivity, represented by bright colours, is inserted in contrast to the greyness of the city, 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 Social Pop.
The artist lives and works between Venice and Oslo.