Arnaldo Pomodoro


Arnaldo Pomodoro Biography

Arnaldo Pomodoro is an Italian artist known primarily for his work with bronze sculpture athough his creative endeavors include set and costume design, printmaking, and more. He began his career in the 1940s and 1950s by assisting with the restoration of public buildings while, simultaneously, he studied stage design and worked as a goldsmith creating jewelry. His first sculpture exhibition came in 1955 at the Galleria del Naviglio in Milan. Through his participation in the 1963 São Paulo Bienal, at which he was awarded the International Sculpture Prize, and his solo show at the 1964 Venice Biennale, Pomodoro’s work became more widely known. In the 1960s and 1970s, he undertook numerous commissions for outdoor sculptures from a variety of institutions. 

His sculptures often elaborate on fundamental geometric forms, such as the column, sphere, pyramid, and cube. Smaller shapes are contained within and emerge from the larger form, evoking a cycle of destruction and rebirth. His famous Sphere series of sculptures, begun in 1963, can be found around the world. 

Pomodoro’s work with printmaking began in the 1960s and has continued to the present day. He has worked with many media, including lithography, serigraphy, intaglio, and embossing and he has worked with other artists and writers to make books.  In 1966, he contributed to L'Albero Poeta, a book featuring prints by artists including Lucio Fontana, Enrico Baj, and Pomodoro’s brother Giò. Another important book to which Pomodoro contributed is Siete Poemas Sajones (1974) by Jorge Luis Borges. For this he created eight embossings and two reliefs in brass. The notable book De Cantare Urbino (1985) contains text by Miklos N. Varga with a brass relief on the cover and a suite of eight engravings and aquatints by Pomodoro.