Enrico Castellani was born at Castelmassa (province of Rovigo) in 1930. He is considered to be one of the major figures in European art of the second half of the 1900s.
In fact, Donald Judd defined Castellani as the father of Minimalism. He studies art, sculpture and architecture in Belgium until 1956, the year in which he graduates from the Ecole Nationale Superieure.
He returns to Milano where he becomes an active representative of the new artistic scene.
It is at this time he concretizes a new friendship with Piero Manzoni and eventually Agostino Bonalumi and Lucio Fontana.
After his first informal characters most likely inspired by American action painting and Mark Tobey, he recognizes the need to go beyond this already mature style. He begins working with Azimuth magazine, which proposes the total resetting of early artistic experiences based on the new pact with social progress.
This total resetting is realized by Manzoni, Castellani and Bonalumi using monochrome canvases, eversions created with various techniques in order to create iridescent light and shadow just by changing the angle of the light source. This was an experience completely original and is considered of utmost importance in the art history of abstract art of the 1900s.
The works of Castellani on the art market are among the most sought after and most expensive among the works of Italian artists of the 1900s with prices reaching a million dollars.
In October of 2010 he received the highest recognition in the art world; he was awarded the Praemium Imperiale (Nobel Prize in the art world) from the Japan Art Association by the Emperor himself.