Jules Franck Mondoloni


David Linker Gallery
216 West 18th Street, Suite 804 New York, NY 10011

Telephone - (212) 337-3272 FAX: (212) 337-3202
E-Mail dlinkebn@erols.com

New York - I am pleased to announce the opening of The David Linker Gallery of Fine Art with the permanent exhibition of the first major U.S. retrospective of the work of French artist Jules Franck Mondoloni.

1947 July 2nd - Born on the Island of Corsica. He lives and works in Corsica

1967-1973 - Art student in Nice and then in Paris at the National Institute for the preparation of professors for drawing and sculpture.

1973-1982 - After working for the "Maison de la Culture de la Corse" creating decor for the theater, Jules Franck Mondoloni was a teacher in the French National Education system for 15 years. During these years he made trips to central Asia, Turkey, Moscow and Leningrad, and throughout Europe.

Jules Franck Mondoloni is a born sculptor who bears a soul forged by the multi-millennia tradition of the sculptors of the megaliths from his native island Corsica. He finds no challenge in sculpture. He has turned to painting for the adventure in his self-imposed exigency and his great love of the art of painting. The armature of his painting is in his drawing, "engraving on paper realistic drawings in the classic tradition", to which he puts color which he uses as a poet where light induces its foundation.

In 1968 during the barricades of the French student revolt in Paris, Jules Franck Mondoloni was in the National School for the preparation of drawing and sculptor professors. His dreams of studying painting were crushed when he was told that painting was dead. Nonetheless, he independently went to the Louvre and other museums throughout Europe as a dedicated visitor to conscientiously study the great masters: Poussin, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Delacroix, Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso, Rodin, Michelangelo, as well as antiquity: Egyptian, Greek, American, Asiatic, and the art of the Cathedrals, and, so called, "primitive art". He is an avid photographer and writer. His personal quest is the study of painting and the Arts.

Expositions since 1991:

In Corsica: Ajaccio: "Espace Diamant"

Calvi: "La Poudrière" (Jazz festival 1995) Bonifacio: Hôtel de Ville

Bastia: "Péristyle de l'Opéra" (Musicale de Bastia)

Sartène, "Centre Culturel Casanova"

Filitosa: "Musée Archéologique" (Site Préhistorique) Summer 1992

La Côte d'Azur: Vence: "Galerie Rimbaud" 1991 & 1992

Eze Village: "Musée" 1992

Marseille: "Palais des Sports" (World Championship Boxing Match) 06/5/92

Paris: "Cirque d'Hiver" (World Championship Boxing Match

USA -: "Oak & Ivy" The Designer's Show House 1997 Montclaire, New Jersey

Current Projects:

On the ceiling of a music room of a townhouse in Philadelphia he is creating a mural of the Magic Flute by Mozart. (34 x 26 ft)

A series of bronze sculptures.

Acquisitions by museums:

Musée Rimbaud - " Rimbaud à Londres en 1872 d'après F. Regamey" "Verlaine et Rimbaud à Londres en 1872 d'après Regamey" " Rimbaud de mémoire d'après Verlaine 1872" "["La Tronche machin"] d'après E. Delahaye 1876" "Rimbaud mourant d'après Isabelle Rimbaud"

Musée d'Eze - "Portrait de Rimbaud d'après une photo de Carjat" (encre de Chine on canvas)

Musée National du Sport de Paris (Parc des Princes):

"Khader" (boxer) 195cm x 114cm / 76 ½ x 44 5/7 inches (oil on canvas)

"Joe Louis" 65cm x 50 cm / 25 ½ x 19 5/8 inches (acrylic on paper)

Musée de Filitosa - "Statue Menhir (Reconstitution)"

"Détail d'un Paladin (Menhir)"

Musée de peinture de Bonifacio - "Le cimetière marin de Bonifacio"



New York-JULES FRANCK MONDOLONI, the son and grandson of Corsican shepherds will tell you, "a man is a man is a man." Whether painting boxers in a ring that are coarse and savage yet strangely sensual or choreographing sculptures in an erotic ballet that leaves them isolated from each other, his works, though seemingly disparate, always come back to that point. Sexually charged and sometimes even violent works contradict earlier pastoral nudes that almost seem naive and tender. His unique subjects offer no easy solutions. As he himself will tell you, " I am searching for something but do not know what it is." Adventurous and refreshing, a retrospective covering three decades of his works, including collages, poetically illustrated books; paintings and sculptures will open the D.S. Linker Gallery of Fine Art in Chelsea.

"Whether painting people, monumental buildings or Boxers, Jules creates a unique fusion and moving freshness in his paintings. Spontaneous and sensual, his statues capture what for Jules is the romance of the act of sculpture ". Kaoru Yanase, BT magazine.

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