Graphics, Paintings, Mosaics, Assemblages, Sculptures

Armando Baldinelli, 1972 (Photo by Struan Robertson, Johannesburg)

Armando Baldinelli, 1972 (Photo by Struan Robertson)


Brief Curriculum

Born on 13th September, 1908 in Ancona, Italy; died on 21st July, 2002 in Johannesburg, R.S.A.

See obituary in Sunday Times, Johannesburg - 4th August, 2002

Lived for many years in Oaklands, Johannesburg



Books and Catalogues on the artist

"Baldinelli" (Umbro Apollonio)

Published in 1965 by Hugh Keartland Publishers, Johannesburg (in English & Italian) and in 1964 by Edizioni d'Arte Moderna, Roma 

Published in 1974 by Gallery 21 Book Publishers, London & Johannesburg- ISBN: 0-620-01614-0 (ord. ed.) + 0-620-01686-8 (de luxe)

"Armando Baldinelli" - Retrospective R.A.U., Johannesburg - 7.9.-9.10.1981 (ill. catalogue - 107 works exhibited)

"Armando Baldinelli - Yesterday and Today" - Gertrude Posel Gallery, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg - 12.3.-30.3.1984 (ill. catalogue - 80 works exhibited)

"Armando Baldinelli" - Published in 1991 by IGI Insurance (HCI Press), Johannesburg (Ima Lewis / Esmé Berman) - 192 pp. ill.



OUR ART 3 (Foundation for Education, Science and Technology, Pretoria) ≈1976 - ISBN 0620 03142 5, pp. 84-91, ill.

LANTERN 1963 December - Vol. XIII, No. 2, pp. 62/73

Jason Gallery, New York NY USA - exhibition catalogue 16th November/4th December, 1965

Armando Baldinelli exhibition at Jason Gallery, New York, 1965



Selected exhibitions in South Africa

1960 Queens Hall Art Gallery, Johannesburg - 15th November

1961 Gallery 101, Johannesburg - August (viewing of mosaic panels commissioned for Saint John Vianney Seminary, Waterkloof, Pretoria)

1962 Adler Fielding Galleries, Johannesburg - 28th May

1966 Wolpe Gallery, Cape Town - 10th August

1974 Gallery 21 Hyde Park Johannesburg - 17th August (mosaics, lithographs and collages) - launching of book publication


A complete list of exhibitions in and out of South Africa can be found by consulting the various above listed book publications!



Exhibited in 1974 with Gallery 21 at the ART 5'74 Basel

 Armando BALDINELLI and company celebrating ART 5'74 Basel participation



A selection of major works

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I. mosaics

Armando BALDINELLI mosaic auctioned by Bernardi's, Pretoria, 14-08-2006 Lot 354

Private Collection, South Africa

Armando BALDINELLI "Landscape", 1973 stone + glass mosaic on cement - 122x79 cm

Pretoria Art Museum (PELMAMA donation 2009)

Armando BALDINELLI mosaic relief mural, 1973, 7x4 m (commissioned by Government for then new Jan Smuts Airport, Johnnesburg)

Jan Smuts International Airport, Johannesburg (now O.R. Tambo International Airport)

Armando BALDINELLI - Van Erkom Arcade, Pretoria - huge mosaic mural (img.

Van Erkom Arcade, Pretoria

Armando BALDINELLI mural at Catholic Church "Our Lady of the Wayside", Maryvale, Johannesburg (img per Facebook March 2015 © Gail Scott Wilson)

Catholic Church "Our Lady of the Wayside", Maryvale, Johannesburg (img © Gail Scott Wilson, 2015)


II. assemblages

Armando BALDINELLI "African Idol", 1965 wood & metal assemblage 125x150 cm

Private Collection

Armando BALDINELLI 1965 assemblage of steel, bone, oil and found objects on panel - 91x81 cm

Private Collection

Armando BALDINELLI "African Twilight", 1966 wood & metal assemblage 105x130 cm (Coll. Pretoria Art Museum)

Collection Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria


III. early and later paintings

Armando BALDINELLI "Burning Sun", 1960 oil/canvas 94x135 cm

Private Collection

Armando BALDINELLI "The wings and the waves of music" - mural done in 1980 meas. 97m2 (img.

The State Theatre, Pretoria




Original lithographs published in 1974 by "Editions 21" Johannesburg  - Part I

Original lithographs published in 1974 by "Editions 21" Johannesburg  - Part II.




IV. sculptures

Armando BALDINELLI "Echo", 1965 detail view of metal sculpture - 100cm H

Private Collection



Works loaned/donated by the Estate of Armando Baldinelli to:

University of Pretoria, Pretoria - ≈300 works, of which 42 paintings will be donated in due course in terms of an agreement

The State Theatre, Pretoria, renamed one of its function venues to the "Baldinelli Foyer" following a donation of two paintings from the Baldinelli Estate.



Works from the Estate available through Artvault, Johannesburg, per 24th July, 2010 - PDF 114 pp.



Last updated 23rd November, 2016



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