Enrico Castellani is an Italian painter and relief artist, as well as a representative of conceptual art. He was publisher of the magazine “Azimut”, which had the aim that art should not imitate. A work should only refer to itself, possess its own reality and authenticity. Light and shadow, space and structure are not caused in the viewer by deception of his perception, but are contained in the picture itself. In his series entitled “Superficie Nera”, he worked canvases with a nail machine, giving the surface a relief-like structure. The resulting indentations and protrusions evoke light and shadow effects. The canvases are left monochrome and are often white.
born in 1930 in Castelmassa, Rovigno (Italy)
Until 1956 Studied painting and sculpture at the Académie des Beaux-Arts and architecture at the École Nationale Supérieure, both in Brussels (Belgium).
1957 He returns to Italy where he meets the Italian avant-garde artists Peiro Manzoni, Lucio Fontana, Vicenzo Agnetti, Agostino Bonalumi, Yves Klein and the German ZERO artists in Milan.
1957-1958 the legendary evening exhibitions of Heinz Mack, Otto Piene and Günther Uecker take place in Düsseldorf, which have a great influence on Castellani
1958 Member of the „Movimento Arte Nucleare“
1959 opening of the Galleria Azimut in Milan together with his friend Manzoni
1959 shows for the first time his works called “Superficie Nera”
1964 Own exhibition space at the Venice Biennale (Italy)
1968 Participant at documenta 4 in Kassel (Germany)
Since 1975 Lives and works in Celleno near Viterbo (Italy)