Gino de Dominicis, Ancona 1947 - 1998 Rome
Born in Ancona in 1947, Gino de Dominicis was a highly original and controversial figure who pushed the limits of postwar Italian art. Many of his later works were inspired by ancient civilisations, incorporating Sumerian iconography and figures from Hindu mythology. The eccentric and enigmatic artist avoided media attention and defied attempts to identify him with any particular artistic group of the time. Thanks to his provocative character and unique approach, he set himself apart from the leading contemporary movements of Arte povera and Transavanguardia. While he worked with different media as a sculptor, conceptual artist, and video artist, he changed the direction of his oeuvre in the 1980s with a focus on painting. His imaginative paintings approach abstract philosophical ideas such as time, death, and immortality—often exploring the realm of the impossible. De Dominicis spent much of his life and career in the city of Rome, residing there until his death in 1998.