Michelangelo Pistoletto was born in Biella in 1933. He began to exhibit his work in 1955 and in 1960 he had his first solo show at Galleria Galatea in Turin.
Between 1961 and 1962 he creates the Mirror Paintings, which include the spectator directly in the work. Between 1965 and 1966 he produces a group of works entitled Minus objects, which are considered fundamental to the birth of Arte Povera. From 1967 he carries out ‘creative collaborations’, which he will develop in the following decades, connecting artists from different disciplines and different sectors of society. Between 1975 and 1976 in Turin he creates The Rooms, the first of a series of complex works, each developed over a year’s time and named “time continents”, such as White Year (1989) and Happy Turtle (1992). In 1978 Pistoletto defines two main directions his future artwork would take: Division and Multiplication of the Mirror and Art Takes On Religion. In the 90s with Project Art and with the establishment in Biella of Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto he initiates an active relationship between art and different areas of social fabric in order to inspire and cause a responsible change within society. In 2003 he was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale. In 2004 he received a laurea honoris causa in Political Science from Turin University: on that occasion the artist publicly announced the most recent phase of his work, Third Paradise. In 2007, in Jerusalem, Pistoletto was awarded the Wolf Foundation Prize in the Arts, “for his constantly inventive career as an artist, educator and activist whose restless intelligence has created prescient forms of art that contribute to fresh understanding of the world.” In 2011 he was Artistic Director of Evento 2011 in Bordeaux. In 2013 he will have a solo show at the Louvre. His works are present in the collections of leading museums of modern and contemporary art.
Official site: http://www.pistoletto.it