ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Terra Incognita

Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam

Galerie Ron Mandos is proud to present an exhibition with new works by Renato Nicolodi (BE, 1980). Nicolodi seeks to evoke a universal sacredness in his work. His sculptures and paintings form mental beacons for people who live in an age where society has gone into overdrive. He stresses the necessity for these spaces in a time where much of our current surroundings involving science, technology, nature, culture, and our position within this are being questioned. 

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Nicolodi’s sculptures and paintings depict spaces with corridors and stairs leading to closed-off passageways. Light and shade draws the gaze of the spectator into the construction. However, there remains an element of the unknown beyond that which is visible. The core of the work seems to hold a sense of emptiness or, perhaps, a buried answer. The works are visual anchors that invite the visitor to reflect and meditate. They form the physical and mental access points for the spectator to meander through their own mental space.

The artist refers to archetypical buildings from past times and cultures, stripping them from their original function, ornament and dogma. Nicolodi creates monuments, relics, and shrines that give space to both the memory and the thought of the maker as well as those of the spectator. 

The exhibition presents a variety of new works, combining paintings and sculptures. In some of these, Nicolodi impressively applies traditional marquetry technique to steel for the first time. 

About the artist

Renato Nicolodi received his education at the Higher Institute for Fine Arts (HISK), Gent (BE), and at Sint Lukas, Brussels (BE). His work is included in the public collections of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (USA), the province of Oost-Vlaanderen (BE), the province of Vlaams-Brabant (BE), the city of Genk (BE), the city of Lokeren (BE), Achmea (NL), Houthoff Buruma (NL), the former Design Vlaanderen (BE), as well as in many international private collections.

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.

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