Sylvester Stallone: 35 Years of Painting

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Sylvester Stallone’s art exhibition entitled ‘Sylvester Stallone: 35 Years of Painting’ was held at Galerie Gmurzynska in St. Moritz, Switzerland between February 18 and March 15, 2011. The retrospective show, which includes 30 pieces painted by the actor, documents different periods of Stallone’s creative work, plus various self-portraits.

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“Best of Life”, mixed media and artist’s frame, 1989. Photo © Sandra Bauknecht.

Stallone’s pictures are as action-packed as his movies: colorful, expressive and abstract. The actor uses an expressionistic style to realise his art in a spontaneous way.

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Above: “Finding Rocky”, mixed media and artist’s frame, 1975. “Never Ever Land”, mixed media and artist’s frame, 2010. “Hercules O’Clock”, mixed media and artist’s frame, 1991. Photos © Sandra Bauknecht.

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Detail of “Best of Life”, mixed media and artist’s frame, 1989. Photo © Sandra Bauknecht.

The exhibition at Galerie Gmurzynska was accompanied by a catalogue written by art critics Anthony Haden-Guest (for The New York Times and The London Times) and Donald Kuspit, one of the most distinguished art critics in America. Subsequent to the show at Galerie Gmurzynska, Stallone’s art was exhibited at the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg.