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 Marino Alfonso Mafonso  (1948 - )

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Born in Frattaminore (Na) in 1948, lives and works in Caserta.

Self-taught, began his artistic career in the early 70s living between Switzerland (Altdorf) and Italy (Rome - Milan).

In those years ('72-'74) he made a series of works focused on the recovery of artifacts through the use of colors using a paint brush and an instinctive -lyrical-primitivism painting style (cycle of works entitled Alla maniera degli altri).

He referred to Leonardo da Vinci when he said that the painting is a mental thing and also to Picasso, De Chirico, Campigli and Mondrian (first mode).

In the late 70's, he was in Rome, and was one of the founders of the group COSA MENTALE; presented from Maurizio Fagiolo Dell'Arco at the Architecture of Modern Art gallery in Rome in via Del Vantaggio.

In '79 he moved permanently to the City where he frequented the artists of the so-called Pop-ltaliana (Festa-Angeli-Schifano) at the Gallery Studio Soligo, and with them he established a relationship of friendship (in particular with Tano Festa) and a stimulating intellectual debate.

These were the years of cycles: La Dea Racconto, Le Grandi Strade piene, Racconti Solari, Le prime pietre del dopo 2000.

Following cycles: Simbad, Krakatoa and Le Lune di Arqa, Make-Make, Isole di Tempo and Tribù in Esodo, Nevicate Acide, Vanno Tutti verso il Nulla, Contano solo i Cieli,Deserti and Dimore. He has exhibited in the major European capitals and cities: Rome, Milan, Paris, Basilea, London, Naples, Barcelona, Madrid.

54' International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia Pavilion Italy, Campania. He was consistent with the idea of "do" painting furthermore he has always proceeded through cycles of aesthetic projects in which the artwork is the golden figure of the world through which achieves the epiphany of the image.

Quoting the Roman art critic Professor Lorenzo Canova:

"Getting to the heart of the idea through a long process of sublimation and purification of the image, to reach the hot core of representation through a manual, intellectual and spiritual route at the same time. These are the assumptions that have always inspired and characterized Mafonso's long journey of research."

Submitted by the artist, January 2014

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