Mafonso (artist)

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MAFONSO(Marino Alfonso)[1] born in Frattaminore in the province of Naples on November 12, 1948

Foto di Mafonso - Anno 2012

Is an Italian painter and sculptor. In the early 70s he abandoned his university studies to devote himself exclusively to painting and moved to Rome, where he held his first exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art Agency of Paolo Sprovieri Gianni Sampietro. At the end of the 70s is one of the founders of the group "COSA MENTALE" [2] presented at the gallery AAM (Architettura Arte Moderna) curated by the art historian Maurizio Fagiolo Dell'Arco Roma (1979). In 2005 participates in the group exhibition "13x17:[3] artisti per un'indagine eccentrica sull'arte in Italia, curated by Philippe Daverio, Published by Rizzoli 2007. 2011 he was invited to the Venice Biennale 54. Pavilion Italy. Pavilion Campania (Vittorio Sgarbi Stato dell'arte: Regioni d'Italia published by Skira)[4]

Mafonso . Scultura


MAFONSO ( Alfonso Marino )is formed by self-taught in the early 70s living in Italy (Rome) and Switzerland (Altdorf, Uri). Retrieves the taste of the pictorial artifact of intellectual nomadism, honing a style primitive lyric. In 1974, in Altdorf realizes the large triptych entitled " Alla Maniera Degli Altri " looking at Picasso (Catalogue Electa, Stories Simbad Lune, curated by Francesco Gallo).In Rome, he attended the Agency gallery of Modern Art in Sprovieri Paolo and Gianni Sanpietro where he had the opportunity to learn about the work of the great masters (Cy Twombly, Lucio Fontana, Alberto Burri, Juan Miró ... ) . In 1976 he exhibited for the first time, in Rome, at the Agency of Modern Art, a series of works entitled "Comportamento of the Sign ." In the capital he befriended the poet Emilio Villa and binds to a group of young artists ( Pulsoni, Bissattini, Filieri, Grottesi, Stink, ) Telaro, founding the group " What Mental " theorized by historian Maurizio Bean Arch, AAM Rome, 1979. In the early 80 presents a group of works entitled " The Great Streets FULL" at the Museum ST . Paul de Vance in Nice theorized in the catalog by Sandra Orienti and Enzo Battarra with a poem by Emilio Villa. In that same year, Sandra Orienti the signals between the emerging Italian artists, in the catalog of Modern Art G. Mondadori Ranked N. 18 along with Enzo Cucchi, Nino Longobardi, Ernesto Tatafiore ... In 1985 he exhibited in Basel, Art 13-84 with a personal exposure (gallery studio Soligo) and he participated in the exhibition entitled " Mosaico Mosaico - 5 mosaici per 5 artisti - [5]", together with Mario Schifano, Parres, Tano Festa e Cesare Berlingeri, at the gallery Studio Soligo, Rome. He attended the artists of the Pop Art Italian (especially Tano Festa and some young artists in the capital (Cesare Berlingeri , Alberto Parres ... ) . Exhibited at that time in major European capitals and its artist's book " Make Make " inspired the cycle of the same name, published in Paris (1989) with the French critic Gerard Barriere, is exhibited at the Centre Pompidou . Realize mid 80s a folder containing 5 serigraphs, titled " Krakatoa " published by the gallery Claudia Gian Ferrari, Milan. During the 80 and 90 produces major thematic cycles ( the goddess story, the great roads full, solar Stories, the first snows after the 2000, Krakatoa, the moons of Arqa, make make, Tribe in exodus, count only conceal, Snowfall acid, They all go to nowhere, Deserts .) in 1992 the cycle of works " Tribes exodus" is presented at the gallery dirartecontemporanea of Angelo Marino, in Caserta.


With the beginning of the new century and the events that have shocked the world and Western culture (New York, September 11, 2001 attack on the twin towers) Mafonso made his first work of a social nature, "Plus Ultra".[6] Along with the historian Francesco Gallo and The gallery owner Angelo Marino (dirartecontemporanea) manufactures and installs in front of the Royal Palace of Caserta, Piazza Carlo III, as an index of reflection and protest for what happened in New York, a sail 12 meters high pyramid - shaped blocks on which are painted white in archaic form to induce the historical consciousness to a vision of life simpler and less troubled. After this reflection of social, Mafonso gives rise to a series of works such as "social imaginary," in truth dictated by considerations on the new theory of "Globality". The works of this period (2003-2004) are part of the cycle " Tempi Anni Deserti " and are shown with a personal at the (Fondazione Orestiade, Gibellina (TP)[7] 20/06/2002) and the Palazzo Dei Capitani in Ascoli Piceno(2003). The book of the same title is published by Orestiadi Foundation and is curated by the critic Francesco Gallo. In 2010 he created for the city of Capua, a corten steel sculpture titled "DIMORE" and in 2011 he was invited to the Venice Biennale 54. Italian Pavilion. pavilion Campania.


  • Vittorio Sgarbi Venice Biennale 54. Italian Pavilion. Pavilion Campania. The State Of The Art Regions Of Italy published by Skira.
  • Maurizio Fagiolo Dell'Arco Cosa Mentale Edited AAM Roma 1979
  • Emilio Villa Le Grandi Strade Piene Mafonso catalog monographic edited Meinerad Cammezid ch curated by Sandra Orienti and Enzo Battarra poem by Emilio Villa 1981[8]
  • Enrico Crispolti Mafonso catalog monographic of the exhibition held in Milan Studio Ennesse dicembre 1983.[9]
  • Giuseppe Orlando Sabino Iusco Un Panorama di Tendenze Castel Sant'Angelo Roma Editor Luciano Luisi Publisher Newton Compton 1986[10]
  • Enrico Crispolti Disegno Campania 88 progetto Morcone Catalog of an exhibition held on Sept. 10-Oct. 15 1988 at Casa Sannia Morcone Benevento Italy Mazzotta Milano 1988.[11]
  • Enrico Crispolti Mafonso Prime nevi sul dopo 2000 catalog monographic Edited Studio Soligo Rome April 1983[12]
  • Francesco Gallo Laura Cherubini Mafonso Racconti Simbad Lune catalog monographic Edited Electa Milano 1989 [13]
  • Francesco Gallo Orsa Maggiore catalog of the exhibition Termoli Galleria Civica of Contemporary Art curated by Francesco Gallo Mazzotta Editions Milan 1986[14]
  • Gerard Barriere Mafonso MAKE' MAKE' Mais the Secret? Livre d'artiste avec tests Gerard Barriers ediz.SINE INVEST knows Vintage Collection Paris 1989 France.
  • Giorgio Di Genova, Storia dell'arte italiana del '900, Generazione Anni Quaranta, tomo II, Bora, 2009, pp. 1280-1283, ISBN 978-88-88600-54-3.
  • Philippe Daverio Jean Blanchaert 1000 for a survey eccentric artists on art in Italy Published by Rizzoli 2007.
  • Ada Patrizia Fiorillo Napoli Capitale Dell'Arte Presenze Dagli anni 50 ad oggi Edited bay Artetekagroup 2008.[15]
  • Giorgi Di Genova Art Museum of generations of Italian 900 G. BARGELLINI Generations 40 years the catalog of the permanent collection BORA Edition 2005.[16]
  • Lorenzo Canova Mafonso Dimore Book a limited edition on the occasion of the master Mafonso Installation of the sculpture Dimore di tutto ciò che è divinissimo e santissimo at the town park Baden Powell of Capua (Ce). Critical text by Lorenzo Canova coordination curatorial Angelo Marino dirartecontemporanea with the assistance of the City of Capua - with the patronage of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Graphic design by Max Coppeta.

special exhibits[edit]

  • 1976 Mafonso Comportamento del segno solo exhibition Agency of Modern art Rome.
  • 1979 Mafonso Cosa Mentale group exhibition at gall. AAM (Architettura Arte Moderna) Rome curated by Maurizio Fagiolo
  • 1983 Mafonso Prime nevi sul dopo 2000 solo exhibition Gallery Soligo Rome. 1984
  • 1985 Mafonso Mosaico mosaico group exhibition (Mafonso, Tano Festa, Cesare Berlingeri, Parres, Mario Schifano) Soligo Studio Gallery Rome.
  • 1984 Mafonso Art 13-84 BASEL solo exhibition gallery Soligo Rome
  • 1986 Mafonso Un Panorama di Tendenze group exhibition Castel S.Angelo Roma
  • 2001 Mafonso Plus ultra the sail installed by MAFONSO front of the Royal Palace of Caserta
  • 2002 Mafonso Tempi Anni Deserti solo exhibition Fondazione Orestiadi Museum Gibellina (TP)
  • 2003 Mafonso Tempi Anni Deserti solo exhibition Palazzo dei Capitani Ascoli Piceno.
  • 2005 Mafonso Città ad ovest d'una stella solo exhibition Galleria Varart Firenze.[17]
  • 2008 Mafonso Napoli Capitale Dell'Arte Presenze dagli anni 50 ad oggi Edited bay Artetekagroup curated bay Ada Patrizia Fiorillo


  1. ^ Francesco, Gallo; Laura, Cherubini; Daniela, Turco. "Racconti Simbad Lune". Electa - Milano. 
  2. ^ Fagiolo dell'Arco, Maurizio (1979). Cosa Mentale. AAM. 
  3. ^ Philippe Daverio (2007). 13x17 (Rizzoli - Milano ed.). ISBN 978-88-17-01895-1. 
  4. ^ Vittorio Sgarbi (2011). stato dell'arte: Regioni d'Italia-campania (Skira ed.). Milano. ISBN 9788857213743. 
  5. ^ Soligo, Studio. "5 mosaici x 5 Artisti". 
  6. ^ FRANCESCO, GALLO. "Plus ultra". Exibart. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  7. ^ Francesco, Gallo. "Tempi Anni Deserta". exibart. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
  8. ^ OPAC Sebina OpenLibrary
  9. ^ OPAC Sebina OpenLibrary
  10. ^ Un panorama di tendenze: da Castel Sant'Angelo 1986 - Giuseppe Orlando, Sabino Iusco - Google Books
  11. ^ Disegno campania ʼ88 : progetto Morcone / a cura di Enrico Crispolti. - Version details - Trove
  12. ^ Prime nevi sul dopo 2000: Mafonso : [mostra, Studio Soligo, Roma, Aprile 1983] - Enrico Crispolti, Rome. Soligo, Enzo Perna, Mafonso - Google Books
  13. ^ Gallo, Francesco; Cherubini, Laura; Turco, Daniela (1989). Racconti Simbad Lune. Electa. ISBN 8843527762. 
  14. ^ Francesco, Gallo (1986). Orsa Maggiore. Mazzotta, 1986. p. 83. ISBN 882020696X. 
  15. ^ Napoli capitale dell’arte | Surrentum Magazine
  16. ^ Di Genova, Giorgio (2005). Collezioni permanenti, volume 7, generazione anni 40. Bora - Bologna. ISBN 88-88600-32-9. 
  17. ^ Mafonso - Città ad ovest di una stella

Public Works[edit]

Mafonso in museums[edit]

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