Italian painter, , and draughtsman. He attended the Liceo Artistico di Benevento from 1964 to 1968. In the early 1970s he concentrated on , developing much of the imagery that later appeared in his . He had his first solo exhibitions in 1976 at the galleries D'Arte Duemila, Bologna, and Nuovi Strumenti, Brescia. He moved to Milan in 1977, and during the late 1970s he produced mostly paintings in blue, red or yellow, often incorporating . In 1980 he was associated by the critic Achille Bonito Oliva with the ‘' (It.: ‘beyond the ') painters Sandro Chia, Francesco Clemente, Enzo Cucchi and Nicola De Maria. He rapidly developed an style, drawing on imagery from Christianity and mythology, while also being influenced by ancient Egyptian, tribal and . He created enigmatic archaic figures, as in an untitled stone sculpture (1985; Canberra, N.G.) depicting a male carrying a horn-shaped vessel, while such works as the painting Flayed
(1986; Canberra, N.G.) exemplify his preoccupation with the themes of death and sacrifice. Paladino's technical versatility also extended to various forms of printmaking (from 1980), including , and .
Mimmo Paladino: Recent Painting and Sculpture, 1982–86 (exh. cat. by M. A. Crutchfield, Richmond, VA, Mus. F.A., 1986)