Alberto Biasi

Born in 1937 in Padua, where he still lives and work, Alberto Biasi is one of the leading figure of the Italian postwar art scene, as well as one of the founders of Gruppo N. A graduate of the Department of Architecture at the University of Venice, Biasi started showing his works alongside Enrico Castellani, Piero Manzoni, and Agostino Bonalumi at the Galleria Azimut in Milan in 1960. He founded Gruppo N the same year, with which he took part in the Venice Biennial in 1964.

At the time, Biasi created the Trame series, rectangular and permeable objects, where the modularity has optical-kinetic implications in the relationship between light and the shifting of a person’s gaze. Soon after realization, he started working on another series: Rilievi ottico-dinamici, overlapping lamellar structures in contrasting colors that spark special visual effects. Later in the 1960s, he produced the Torsioni series, featuring the use of mostly bicolor lamelle to generate optical dynamism through different observer viewpoints.

In the span of his sixty-year career, Alberto Biasi has participated in many international exhibitions including the XXXII and the XLII Biennale of Venice, the X, XI and XIV Quadriennale of Rome, and the XI Biennale of São Paulo. His works are part of numerous public collections including the MoMA, the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna in Rome and the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg.