Meet the Artist: Ghjuliu
Jules Franck Mondoloni, born in Pitretu, Corsica on July 2, 1947, is a French artist, sculptor, painter, book illustrator, photographer and poet who lives and works in Porto Pollo, Corsica. His work is featured in the permanent collections of: Musée Rimbaud, Musée Archéologique de Filitosa and le Musée National du Sport in Nice. Jules’ esteem for his native Corsica is a theme that runs through much of his work. He illustrates the impressive panoramas between sea and mountains, the splendors of its still wild maquis, a reserve of fauna and flora, many of which are endemic to the islands. Jules’ second language is French, his mother language is Pumuntincu which is of bas Latin origin. He has communicated his passion for Corsican mythology through ink illustrations, “bandes dessinées.” As a sculptor, he bears a soul that has been forged by the multi-millennia tradition of the sculptors of stone megaliths from his native island.
Mondoloni demonstrates an affection for creating homages to those who inspire him. His tributes to Rimbaud, John Coltrane, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Van Gogh, and the professional boxers is a form of recognition to those who inspire him and who have likewise met personal difficulties as well on the human and material level. However, they overcame them and passed on to posterity essential works of artistic heritage. It is also a message of hope and encouragement that highlights the suffering experienced, not only by these artists, but also the struggles of much of humanity. His work exalts the depth and strength of human perseverance.
Collections in Museums:
Charleville-Mézières - Museum Rimbaud (centenary of the poet's death), 1991
Filitosa - Musée Archéologique (Site Préhistorique), 1992
Èze Village - Musée d'Eze Côte d'Azur, 1992
Paris - Musée National du Sport de Paris, 1992
Galleries and Cultural Centers:
Bonifacio - Hôtel de Ville, 1991
Ajaccio - Espace Diamant, 1991
Calvi - La Poudrière (Jazz festival), 1995
Bastia -Péristyle de l'Opéra (Musicale de Bastia),1991
Sartène - Centre Culturel Casanova, 1992
Vence - Galerie Rimbaud, 1991 & 1992
Marseille - Palais des Sports (World Championship Boxing Match) 1992
Paris - Cirque d'Hiver(World Championship Boxing Match)
Brooklyn, NY - The David Linker Gallery, 1997-present
Montclaire, NJ - The Oak & Ivy, 1997
Léo Ferré's dedication to Jules Franck Mondoloni
"Maison maternelle où je suis né"
During the annual “Festival of Music” at the opera of Bastia, Jules’ exhibition "100 Portraits of Rimbaud,” was held on the centenary of his death. Léo Ferré performed one of his last concerts; he sang Rimbaud's poems and offered me his "Testament phonographe" that he dedicated to me which expressed the honor we had to be inspired by the writing of the poet “under his pen.” I then offered him an Indian ink drawing representing Ferré singing in front of a microphone, with an angry Rimbaud behind him.
Corsica l'île de Beauté
Jules' given Corsican name is Ghjuliu. The Ionian Greeks (circa 500 BC) called the Corsican island "Kallisté," the most beautiful.
From "à propos de JFM." A selection from the biography of Jules, by his classmate, André Blanc with whom he attended the art school Lycée Masséna in Nice.