Alessandro Busci, painter and architect, lives and works in Milan. A graduate of the Milan Polytechnic University with a thesis in art history (supervisor Flavio Caroli), he explores the potential of exchange between the western and eastern iconographic traditions in work characterized by a highly distinctive pictorial and calligraphic style on unconventional supports like steel, copper and aluminium, worked with acid and enamels, or on the more traditional paper.

Busci first presented work in 1996 at the 36th edition of the Suzzara Prize and has since held solo shows in Milan, Rome, Brescia, Turin, London, Bordeaux, Madrid, Milan, Bilbao, San Francisco and Naples. He has worked since 1997 with the Atelier Mendini on various projects of architecture, decoration and exhibition design, including wall art for the chain of Swatch stores and the ‘Telefono Azzurro’ touring exhibition. In 1999 Busci was awarded first prize in the Venetian ‘La Fenice et des Artistes competition’ and held a solo show entitled ‘Dirty Water. Brown Light. Light’ at the Galleria Antonia Jannone in Milan, followed by ‘Steel Life’ in 2002.

2003 saw a solo show at the Poltrona Frau showroom in London and 2004 an invitation to take part in the Turin Preview of the 14th Rome Quadrennial. He was also among the finalists for the 5th Cairo Communication Prize. In 2007, to mark his tenth carrier anniversary, Italian Factory organized a solo show of his work in two venues, the Italian Institute of Culture to Madrid and the Institute for the Blind in Milan. His works were included in the group exhibitions ‘The New Italian Art Scene’ (Taiwan, Taipei Fine Arts Museum) and ‘Italian Art 1968-2007. Painting’ (Palazzo Reale, Milan, original idea by Vittorio Sgarbi).

2008 saw the solo show ‘8’ at the Mark Wolfe Gallery in San Francisco (CA, USA) and ‘Cor-Ten’, a major series of fifty large works on iron examining the spaces of the contemporary city, exhibited first in Turin to coincide with the T2 Triennial of Contemporary Art and then at the First Gallery in Rome (2009).

In 2010, within the framework of the China Trade Award, Busci and Cathay Pacific presented the volume Airports at the Milan Triennial. His work was also shown in the Italian and Cuban pavilions at the Venice Biennial the same year. The solo show ‘Milan-Naples’ was held in Naples at the Galleria al Blu di Prussia in 2011 and the joint show ‘Omar Galliani | Alessandro Busci – a change of generation (centre of permanent gravity)’, curated by Flavio Caroli, in Gallarate at the Museo MAGA in 2012.

In 2014 the great solo exhibition at the Milan Triennale , ” In alto Milano ” , 90 works dedicated to the growth of new vertical city, curated by Ada Mason.

The most important publications include the following books: Alessandro Busci (Skira, Milan 2007), Cor-ten (Electa, Milan 2008), Busci Biennale, (Maretti Editore, San Marino 2011), and Omar Galliani | Alessandro Busci – Un passaggio di generazione (centro di gravità permanente) (Silvana Editoriale, Cinisello Balsamo 2012).


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