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Elena Mutinelli was born in Milan on 4th July 1967.
She made an artistic training and, since she was an adolescent, she has been dedicating herself to sculpture with a lot of passion. She attended in Milan the studio of Gino Cosentino, a Sicilian sculptor, pupil of Arturo Martini, who taught and handed on her the basics of sculpture, the love for marble and its shaping.
Elena Mutinelli, granddaughter of the sculptor Silvio Monfrini, who realized Francesco Baracca’s monument in Milan and was Ernesto Bazzaro pupil, deepened the tradition of figurative sculpture from Lombardy.
After achieving the degree in Sculpture at Accademia di Belle Arti in Brera (Brera School of Fine Arts), in 1989/1990 academic year with the teachers A. Cavaliere, Cascella, L. Silvestri, in 1990/91 she moved to Pietrasanta (Lucca - Tuscany), in order to learn marble working technique.
In the years 1992-1995, she worked between Milan and Pietrasanta and then, in 1995, she definitively settled in Milan, where she had the opportunity to weave together professional relationships with famous Art Galleries such as “La Compagnia del Disegno”, Moreschi Art Gallery, Gabriele Cappelletti Contemporary Art Gallery, and other last generation Galleries, such as the Entroterra Art Gallery.
After the School and Pietrasanta stay, Elena Mutinelli started to express a personal perspective in her sculpture, at first dramatic and disquieting, and later on she clearly defined the features of an up beating and ploughed humanity, through the intense expressivity of the particulars - vigorous hands - and making them become effective protagonists of body language.
In 1998 G. Segato decided to gather ten years of her sculptures and drawings, taking care of an important personal public exhibition, “Le mani sul corpo” (“The hands on the body”), combined with Wagnerian Concerts at sunset, with the Salerno University Patronage, that took place at Villa Rufolo Closter in the village of Ravello - Salerno (Southern Italy).
In the following years, Elena Mutinelli gained and honed a personal expressive strength, defining and marking the guidelines of her artistic tendency; the body is a subject that offers a lot of things to say about, it is alive, beats and goes beyond the dialectical and contrasting relation between tradition and modernity.
And her very particular, plastic, almost virile, physiognomy has captured the attention of Art Galleries that still nowadays have been dealing with her works.
From 1998 until 2004 she decided to open a new studio, where she could completely dedicate herself to sculpture and to the work of Milan Cathedral: in these years, in fact, she permanently set herself up as external partner of La Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano (Time-honoured Factory of Milan Cathedral), for whom she had been working occasionally since 1992.
During the collaboration with La Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano, she was involved in the reproduction of original marble works with the creation of marble work copies, she made in her studio.
From 2003 until 2005, she is asked by La Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano to run the stonecutters building site at the Casa di Reclusione in Opera (Milan), where she taught the stonecutters to make, from the original model, faithful reproductions of Milan Cathedral’s sculptures and ornaments.
In 2005 Elena Mutinelli has started the collaboration with Entroterra Art Gallery in Milan, with a personal exhibition, looked after by Giuliana Mazzola and A. Loomassaro, about the myth of Eros titled “La scelta di Eros” (“Eros’ choice”). The same theme was already shown in Switzerland in 2004 in an exhibition looked after by D. Benedetto, but on the most recent occasion it expressed a more intimate perspective.
Since 2004, with Entroterra Art Gallery, she has taken part into many collective sculpture exhibitions and Contemporary Art Fairs, that took place in Verona, Catania and Reggio Emilia.
Actually, Elena Mutinelli’s referential galleries are: la Galleria d’arte Francesca Sacchi Tommasi, Pietrasanta, Etra Studio Tommasi, Firenze, la Galleria d’Arte Marini, Milano, la Galleria d’arte MAG Marsiglione Arts Gallery, Como, Kyoto, la Galleria d’Arte S. Eufemia, Venezia, la Galleria d’Arte Compagnia del Disegno, Milano, Italy.
Elena Mutinelli’s works are parts of many private and public collections, among which the most important are:
· 2000: Owens Corning, an international firm that produces thermo-acoustic insulating materials, bought Elena Mutinelli’s works, that were realized with its own production materials.
· The same year, these sculptures were exhibited with the precious Antonio Guardi paintings and other important ancient works of art at Museo Lo Studiolo (Lo Studiolo Museum), in Milan.
· 2001: the Jolly Hotel Madison Tower in New York bought many Elena Mutinelli’s graphic works of art, that now are in all the rooms of the hotel.
· 2004: Siena Art History University acquired the work “Nell’arena” (“In the arena”), that has become a part of the University collection, whose director is Enrico Crispolti.
· 2005: the village of Reana del Royale unveiled the monument “Vuoto di mani congiunte” (“Emptiness of joined hands”), a monumental work of art made out of Fior di Roccia del Timao marble: this work of art was bought by AFDS and placed in Reana del Royale municipal square. (Udine - Northern Italy).
· 2008: Butan Gas, a sculptured work of art for a private collection.
· 2009 Tia private collection, Denver.
· 2013/14 Private collections in Europe
Foto Elena Mutinelli
Grafica Elena Mutinelli
Traduzioni Roberta Mazzesi
LE OPERE SCULTOREE DI ELENA MUTINELLI SONO ESEGUITE A MANO SENZA MEDIAZIONE ALCUNA DI ARTIGIANI E MACCHINE
The sculptural production of Elena Mutinelli is hand made without any artisan's or machinery's help.
Nessuna delle immagini può essere riprodotta o trasmessa in qualsiasi forma o qualsiasi mezzo elettronico, meccanico o altro senza l’autorizzazione scritta di Elena Mutinelli, proprietaria dei diritti dell’immagine.
No image of this book may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or any information storage end retrieval system, without permition in wring from Elena Mutinelli, owner of the images copyright.
Fotografia di Francesco Cammello