Elena Mutinelli was born in Milan on 4th July 1967. She had her artistic training and since she was an adolescent, she has been dedicating herself to sculpture with a lot of passion. In Milan she attended the studio of Gino Cosentino, a Sicilian sculptor, pupil of Arturo Martini, who taught and passed down to her the basics of sculpture, the love for marble and its molding. Elena Mutinelli, granddaughter of the sculptor Silvio Monfrini, who created Francesco Baracca’s monument in Milan and was Ernesto Bazzaro pupil, deepened the tradition of figurative sculpture from Lombardy.
After achieving the degree in Sculpture at Accademia di Belle Arti in Brera (Brera School of Fine Arts) in 1989/1990 academic year with the teachers A. Cavaliere, Cascella, L. Silvestri, she moved to Pietrasanta (Lucca - Tuscany) in order to learn marble working technique.
In the years 1992-1995, she worked between Milan and Pietrasanta and then in 1995, she settled in Milan, where she had the opportunity to weave together professional relationships with famous Art Galleries such as “La Compagnia del Disegno”, Moreschi Art Gallery, Gabriele Cappelletti Contemporary Art Gallery, and other last generation Galleries, such as the Entroterra Art Gallery.
After the School and Pietrasanta stay, Elena Mutinelli started to express a personal perspective in her sculpture, at first dramatic and disquieting, and later on she clearly defined the features of an up beating and ploughed humanity, through the intense expressivity of the particulars - vigorous hands - and making them become effective protagonists of body language.
In the following years, Elena Mutinelli gained and honed a personal expressive strength, defining and marking the guidelines of her artistic tendency; the body is a subject that offers a lot of things to say about, it is alive, beats and goes beyond the dialectical and contrasting relation between tradition and modernity. And her very particular, plastic, almost virile, physiognomy has captured the attention of Art Galleries that still nowadays have been dealing with her works.
From 1998 until 2004 she decided to open a new studio, where she could completely dedicate herself to sculpture and to the work of Milan Cathedral: in these years, in fact, she permanently set herself up as external partner of La Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano (Time-honoured Factory of Milan Cathedral), for whom she had been working occasionally since 1992.
During the collaboration with La Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano, she was involved in the reproduction of original marble works with the creation of marble work copies, she made in her studio.
From 2003 until 2005, she is asked by La Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano to run the stonecutters building site at the Casa di Reclusione in Opera (Milan), where she taught the stonecutters to make, from the original model, faithful reproductions of Milan Cathedral’s sculptures and ornaments.
In 2005 Elena Mutinelli has started the collaboration with Entroterra Art Gallery in Milan, with a personal exhibition, looked after by Giuliana Mazzola and A. Loomassaro, about the myth of Eros titled “La scelta di Eros” (“Eros’ choice”). The same theme was already shown in Switzerland in 2004 in an exhibition looked after by D. Benedetto, but on the most recent occasion it expressed a more intimate perspective.
Since 2004, with Entroterra Art Gallery, she has taken part into many collective sculpture exhibitions and Contemporary Art Fairs, that took place in Verona, Catania and Reggio Emilia.