Alberto Biasi (Italian/Padua, b. 1937) is known as the father of the Italian kinetic art movement. Since the 1950s, Biasi has been investigating the relationship between art and the viewer, leading him to start experimenting with kinetic collage. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the MoMA, the Hermitage Museum, and numerous Italian institutions.
After the loss of his mother, Biasi lived with his paternal grandmother in Carra San Giorgio, a small town within the Province of Padua. With the completion of high school, Biasi enrolled at University of Venice to study architecture. This influence of architecture and design is clearly reflected in the construction, shapes, and lines of his work today. Upon the completion of his studies in 1958, Biasi formed Gruppo Enne-A. This group was primarily interested in exploring the optical possibilities that could be created in art. On account of this, Gruppo Enne-A collectively created pieces that dealt with several perceptive illusions. These concepts have continued to play an important role in Biasi’s work today.
In 1960, Biasi created the Trame series which consisted of rectangular and permeable objects that demonstrate his early experimentation with kineticism and illusion. This style gradually evolved into his work today, in which he layers angled strips of clear PVC plastic over shaped and painted surfaces to create a fully immersive visual experience. By overlapping offset structures, Alberto Biasi is able to create the illusion of dynamic movement in his static compositions.
Today, Alberto Biasi lives and works in Padua.