Enrico Castellani was born in Castelmassa, Rovigo, in 1930. He moved to Brussels in 1952 where he studied Painting and Sculpture at the Académie des Beaux Arts. In 1959 Castellani created his first painting in relief, first of a series that will make him famous and internationally recognized. Together with Piero Manzoni he was an active member of the Zero group; he founded the magazine Azimuth and a gallery of the same name. It was there that he held his first solo exhibition, in 1960. In the same year he presented three relief surfaces in the exhibition Monochrome Malerei at the Städtisches Museum Leverkusen he exhibited at the Galleria la Tartaruga in Rome. In 1964 he showed three relief canvases at the 32nd Venice Biennale and took part in the Guggenheim International Award in New York. In 1965 he exhibited his large White Surface at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, as part of the international exhibition The Responsive Eye. In 1966 he received the Golin Prize for the works he exhibited in a solo exhibition gallery at the 33rd Venice Biennale and spent time in the United States, where he held his first American solo exhibition, at the Betty Parsons Gallery, New York. In recent years the importance of his work has been recognized and validated internationally and his works are in the most important museum’s collection in the world. The artist died in Viterbo on December 1, 2017.