Dadamaino, Oggetto otico-dinamico, 1961, Aluminium und schwarze Farbe auf Holz, 90 x 90cm © messmer foundation

Dadamaino, born Eduarda Emilia Maino, is an Italian artist of the 1960s Milanese avant-garde. She gained attention in the late 1950s for her series of perforated black and white canvases, similar to the works of Lucio Fontana, which she dubbed “Volumes”. At the time she was a member of Piero Manzoni’s Azimuth Gallery in Milan, which was associated with other artist groups such as the German group ZERO, the Dutch group Nul and the French group Motus. The artist later joined the “Nouvelle Tendance” movement. In the 1970s, Dadamaino creates op art works in the form of psychedelic optical works. Later, in the 1980s, she develops letter-like signs, which she reproduces repeatedly on small canvases. Dadamaino is still one of the most progressive artists in Italy.

born 1935 in Milan
1958 first solo exhibition, Galleria dei Bossi, Milan
1968 exhibition ´The public eye´, Hamburger Kunsthalle
1980 XXXIX. Venice Biennale
1980 Exhibition ´Arte e critica´, Galleria Nazionale d´Arte Moderna, Rome
died 2004 in Milan

Collections (Selection)

Tate Gallery London, UK
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundationin, Venice, Italy
Foundation for Concrete Art, Reutlingen