Pino Pinelli (Catania, 1938) leading exponent of Analytical Painting.
Pinelli completed his studies in Catania where he received his first artistic recognition. In the early 60s he moved to Milan, a city with a great cultural activity, where the debate was dominated by the presence of artists such as Lucio Fontana, Piero Manzoni, Enrico Castellani, Agostino Bonalumi, Dadamaino, and others.
In this period Pinelli tries to create a link between tradition and innovation. His focus is on the surface, he meant to translate it as a metaphor of vibration, he chases the depth in order to cross it over. To this period belong the “Topologie” and “Monocromi” series, whose surface, initially bordered by a thin line, is apparentely animated by apprehension, like a perceptive movement, which seems to be the breath of the painting. In this period the artist expresses himself with canvases of big dimensions. Pinelli is included in the movement denominated by Filiberto Menna “Analytic Painting”. In 1975 Pinelli looked for a new way of painting: the size of his works get smaller, becoming a quote of the concept of art itself. In 1975 begins the series of “Disseminazione”: the works, fragmentations, are placed on the wall in a synthesis between space and painting, imitating the gesture of the sower. The fragments, monochrome as well, go from strict modular forms (1976) to expanded ones swelled by energy (1984) up to the scales characterized by lightness (1986). This researches lead to following production characterized by more corporeal substance. The image in Pinelli’s works is made up of fundamental principles: color, field, line, light seep through each other in order to create a whole composition.
The color loses its symbolic feature and spreads as a bright emission in its physicality.