Project Description

Renato Mambor

Rome, 1936 - 2014



He was born as a film poster designer, screenwriter and also an actor (he will also participate as an interpreter in Fellini’s La Dolce Vita ). As a painter he made his debut at the age of twenty-three, in 1959, in an exhibition at the Galleria Appia Antica in Rome. He obtained his first recognition in 1960, with an “Encouragement Award” from the National Gallery of Modern Art, followed by the exhibitions at the La Tartaruga Gallery by Plinio De Martiis (1963, 1964 and following years).

Although he began to paint at the end of the 1950s, he creates works far removed from the dominant informal atmosphere: this is how his “statisticians” are born, faceless human silhouettes, painted in homogeneous colors. He then uses road signs, photographic traces, stamps, tapestry rollers, to represent the icons of mass media culture. In the sixties it became a prominent element of the “Scuola di Piazza del Popolo”, a sort of Italian response, between metaphysics and futurism, to American Pop Art. In the seventies, influenced by the bond with the actress Paola Pitagora, his interest gradually went to focus on the theater and the body. Attracted by the mechanical nature and “objectivity” of the photographic medium, he begins to create “photographed actions”, halfway between body art and performance. In 1975 he founded and directed the Trousse theater company. He returned to painting in the nineties, and in that decade he devoted himself above all to reflection on the relationship between Art and Reality.

He creates large graphic cycles (National Institute for Graphics, Rome 1998; Galleria Civica di Modena 1999), but also spectacular installations, such as the six empty buses, each inhabited by an artist, for the exhibition “Bus stop”, Rome 1996 In the performance “Fasce di Thought” (1998) he reaffirms the general meaning of his work: “to find inside the eye the look that reaches the conscience”. Among the main exhibitions: Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome in 1993 (personal), Pecci Museum in Prato in 1998, Triennale of Milan in 2004, National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome in 2007 (personal), Venice Biennale in 2007.