Panamarenko & Renato Nicolodi:


Panamarenko (Antwerp, 1940), the famous international artist, is not often exhibited in the Netherlands. Renato Nicolodi (Anderlecht, 1980) is an onrushing talent from Belgium who has just experienced his first solo exhibition in Antwerp. Both artists make large and gripping artworks and with this show, RONMANDOS begins a spectacular new season.

*Panamarenko* (Antwerp, 1940) is an extraordinary individual within the modern art world who cannot be labelled.
As an artist, engineer, physicist, inventor and visionary, he has made exceptional research into concepts as space, movement, flight, energy and gravitation. His work is a combination of artistic and technical experiment and comes in the appearance of airplanes, submarines, automobiles, flying carpets and birds. And every time they are spectacular constructions of a strange beauty, both playful and impressive.

*Renato Nicolodi* (Anderlecht, 1980) is a rising star in the Flemish art world. After his first solo exhibition at the Antwerp gallery Annie Gentils, he now transforms the ground floor at RONMANDOS gallery.
The architectural work of Nicolodi looks monumental. The artist is inspired by classic big city architecture that he uses to create his own models. Only until the spectator enters the artwork and looks at it very closely, only then he can seize it. Different perspectives and see-troughs reveal a subtle play of light. The pure form almost becomes sacral.


ABOUT Renato Nicolodi

Renato Nicolodi was born in 1980, in Anderlecht, Belgium
He lives and works close to Brussels, Belgium.

The architectural work of Nicolodi is clearly monumental. The artist is inspired by classical architecture, which he uniquely processes. It is only when the viewer steps onto the work and inspects it from close range, that he can obtain a clearer understanding of the work, as if he is invited to take part in a visual and physical search within the architectonic forms he has created. Different vantage points and views reveal subtle games of light gradations with the constantly recurring subjective black space, that remains inaccessible for the viewer, coaxing one into reflection. Pure formalistic language is given an almost sacred priority.

Renato Nicolodi studied Audiovisual and Fine Arts at Sint-Lukas in Brussels, and is a laureate at the Higher Institute for Fine Arts (HISK) in Gent. His work can be found in the SFMOMA, San Francisco; Beelden aan Zee, Scheveningen; the collection of the province of Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium; the province of Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium; the city of Genk, Genk; The city of Lokeren, Lokeren; Ekard Collection, Wassenaar; Achmea collection, Zeist; Houthoff Buruma, Amsterdam; Cobra to Contemporary/The Brown Family Collection, and many other international private collections.