Pino Manos was born in Sassari (Sardinia) on the 10th of March 1930. In 1951 he moved to Milan where he attended both the Cimabue Academy of the Fine Arts (together with Enrico Castellani and Vincenzo Agnetti) and the Brera Academy of Fine Arts. He struck up friendships with Roberto Crippa, Gianni Dova, Marino Marini, Agostino Bonalumi and Bruno Munari (although in particular with Lucio Fontana, adhering to the Spatialism Movement).

During the same period he enrolled in the school of Architecture at the Milan Polytechnic. In 1956 he was in Rome where he lived and worked, becoming part of the then very lively and fecund artistic and cultural environment. He became a friend of Alberto Burri. In 1957 he moved to Florence where he finished his architectural studies and there he lived 12 years. Starting from 1962 he carried out sojourns and long trips centred on study and inner research in Europe and the rest of the world (India, Egypt, Israel, Turkey, Iran, Peru, Mexico, the United States and the Middle East in general).

In 1962, together with Europe’s thirty most eminent artists, he was invited to London for adhere to the “Europe 1962 Manifesto: Painting and Sculpture” organised by the New Vision Centre Gallery, envisaged as the basis of the nascent European Union.

He has taken part in numerous one-man and group exhibitions both in Italy and internationally. Today his works are to be found in many Italian and international private and public collections (the Nelson Rockefeller Collection in New York has three works by the artist).

In 1968 he definitively moved to Milan where he lived and worked until the day of his death, 23 July 2020.

In 1980 he founded the association named “Il Creativo” (The Creative) for the socialisation of Art and the development of creativity as a therapeutic element. The aim of the organisation is the awakening of the latent potentialities in every individual: by way of creativity it’s important to free energies and unexpressed potentials along a progressive path of awareness of one’s body in its manifold forms of communication and expression. Setting free the creative potential entails a therapeutic dimension for oneself and for others. This methodology has also been applied with positive results in the treatment of drug dependence and disability.

The artist has organised and co-ordinated numerous seminars and lectures in towns and cities throughout Italy about Art and inner research using contemplation exercises.

2010 saw the founding of the movement called “Rigorismo” (Rigourism) in the wake of Transpatialism with the involvement of Enrico Castellani, Agostino Bonalumi, Giuseppe Amadio, Cesare Berlingeri, Alberto Loro, Pino Manos, Vanna Nicolotti, Turi Simeti, Paolo Scheggi, Paolo Bazzocchi, Umberto Mariani and Pino Pinelli, organised and curated by Flavio Lattuada at the Galleria Lattuada, following the spatial poetics of Lucio Fontana. The group of artists were presented by the philosopher Massimo Donà.

Spatialism is here expressed in a more radical way and the canons are made more rigorous with the superseding of the two-dimensional limitations, the inclusion of new forms of figuration and its openness to new means of expression.

In 2016 he started a collaboration with Opera Gallery taking in part to various collective exhibitions in their numerous galleries.

In 2017 he was in Paris for his personal exhibition “Sinchronicitè” and the collective exhibition “Le monochrome Italien” with Lucio Fontana, Enrico Castellani, Agostino Bonalumi, Turi Simeti, Umberto Mariani, Pino Manos, Marcello Lo Giudice e Alessandro Algardi.

In 2019 his artworks were on display at the Italian Embassy in London at the collective exhibition

“Spaziale! Italian Spatialism and its Legacy” organised by Opera Gallery.

curato da Paola Porta Manos


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