Giò Pomodoro (17 November 1930 – 21 December 2002) was an Italian sculptor, printmaker, and stage designer. His brother is the sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro.
Giò Pomodoro, along with his brother Arnaldo, learned the techniques of goldsmithing from jewelers in Florence, Italy in the 1950s.
In 1954 he moved to Milan, where he associated with leading avant-garde artists and started making jewelry. He then began to produce reverse reliefs in clay and also formed assemblages of various materials, including wood, textiles, and plaster subsequently cast in metal.
Curator Paola Stroppiana explains: “Every item of jewelry englobes a great ability for design, the sign, intellectually expressed in designs of rare beauty, and the ornament, the result of copious archives full of references on classical culture and the ritual-metaphysical dimension. Moreover, Pomodoro knew how to maintain a close bond with his sculptural work, transposing into his jewelry, and vice versa, the results of his research, from Tensioni and Folle to Gusci, from Contatti to Soli”.
During the 1960s, he developed several series of sculptures, which explored a range of abstract shapes, usually with smooth undulating surfaces. Later in his career, Pomodoro received public commissions and produced several large outdoor structures.
Gio Pomodoro’s achievements in Contemporary Sculpture were from the International Sculpture Center 2002. In 2002 the artist was honored with an untitled work in the Simpósio Internacional de Esculturas do Brasil, in Brusque, Santa Catarina, Brazil.