Enrico Castellani was born in Rovigo, Italy in 1930. He moved to Brussels in 1952 where he studied Painting and Sculpture at the Académie des Beaux Arts before graduating in architecture at the École Nationale Supérieure de la Cambre in 1956. He returned to Milan, where he quickly becomes one of the major figures in the new Italian artistic scene. After his first experiences inspired by American Action Painting, in particular by Mark Tobey, he started a collaboration with Piero Manzoni founding the avant-garde magazine Azimuth. Castellani starts to analyse different possibilities through the use of nails and ribs placed behind the canvas and, in 1959, he created his first painting in relief, Superficie. Today Castellani moved to Celleno, Italy, where he lives and works. And where he continues to play by his own rules. Day by day he creates new relief surfaces, convinced of the validity and timeliness of his inventive spirit. In recent years the importance of his work has been recognised and validated internationally.