Jules Franck Mondoloni

Born on 2nd July 1947 (Island of Corsica, France). He lives and works in Corsica. He devoted himself to Plastic Arts since 1982 (when he left the teaching profession).

1967-73: 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:
Charleville-Mezieres, Museum Rimbaud (for the centenary of the poet's death) 1991
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) 06/05/1992
Paris: "Cirque d'Hiver" (World Championship Boxing Match)
USA: "Oak & Ivy" The Designer's Show House 1997 Montclaire, New Jersey
Ajaccio, "La Marge" exhibition "Les portes de Marrakech", 03/1994

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:
Museum Rimbaud, Charleville:
- "A. Rimbaud à Londres en 1872 d'après F. Regamey"
- "Verlaine et Rimbaud à LOndres en 1872 d'après Regamey"
- "A. Rimbaud de mémoire d'après Verlaine 1872"
- "La Tronche à Machin d'après Ernest Delahaye 1876"
- "Rimbaud mourant d'après Isabelle Rimbaud"

Museum of 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)

Museum of Filitosa:
-"Statue Menhir (Reconstitution)"
-"Détail d'un Paladin (Menhir)"

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

USA "Oak & Ivy" the Designer's Show House 1997, Montclaire, New Jersey.

1997: Permanent exhibition at the gallery D.S.Linker (D.S.Linker 159 India Street, Apt. 1, Brooklyn, NY 11222-1718

Some other works by the artist:
In Corsica, painting of the nave of a small village church, illustrations in a book of botany for the Natural Park, illustrations of a brochure for Filitosa, decorations of private interiors and public clubs (fireplaces sculptures, wall paintings).

Carved coral jewelry, small sized bronze, stone sculptures. A series of bronze statues made in NYC.

In project, painting of the ceiling of the music room of the pianist F. Haas in Philadelphia, USA, on the theme of Mozart's Magic Flute.

Poetry characterizes the work carved or painted by Jules Franck Mondoloni. (He keeps in reserve numerous texts written during exotic travels, real "objects-poems" illustrated with drawings and photographs).

In painting, by the "Automatic Color" (abstract, unreal), he is searching for the realistic representation of light in the poetic moments of the world, in the certainty of an effective design of sculptor.