Giò Pomodoro

Orciano di Pesaro, 1930 – NICE, 1995
Giò Pomodoro was the brother of Arnaldo. He was born at Orciano di Pesaro in 1930. He moved with his family to Pesaro where he studied as a surveying and learned the engraving with a goldsmith. In 1954 his father died and he went to Rome, Florence and Venice to exhibit his artworks, but he established in Milan. His style was immediately inclined to an Informal Art made of signs. During ‘50s he realized works linked to the automatic writing and to the logical interpretation of signs. During ‘60s he was focused on matter, empty spaces and geometry expressing the themes of tension and twisting. He exhibited his sculptures in Italy and abroad and he made also the scenic design of some operas at the Arena in Verona and at the theatre La Fenice in Venice.

Gio Pomodoro is considered one of the most important sculptors of the XXth century. He used overall marble, rock and bronze. He realized artworks to be enjoyed by communities, indeed he realized many public works like the project for his hometown and for the square of Ales, conceived with the citizens. The sun is often protagonist of his sculptures because it has a great personal and ideological meaning for him. Gio Pomodoro died in Milan in 2002.