Italian artist, member of the Gruppo “enne” or “N”, exhibited at New Tendencies 1 (1961), 2 (1963), and 3 (1965) in Zagreb (Yugoslavia), and also at Tendencies 4 (1968/69)
Alberto Biasi, born in Padua on 02/06/1937, attended a secondary school with an emphasis on the humanities before studying Industrial Design at the Institute of Architecture in Venice. Meanwhile in 1959 he begins his career as a painter and a sculptor. This is also the year in which he forms the Gruppo N and contributes to the planning stages of all of the works of this group until its dissolution in 1967. In 1960 he exhibits with Castellani, Manzoni and other European artists of the “new artistic conceptions”.
In 1961 as co-founder of Gruppo N he is one of the most energetic promoters of the Nuove Tendenze, actively supporting the firststeps of the Arte Programmata movement in 1962. During this very creative period he collectively signs works by Gruppo N such as the “wefts”, the “optic-dynamic reliefs”, obtained by overlapping thin sheets of metal, the “dynamic forms” of torsions, the moving “photo-reflections” as well as the unstable perceived environmental installations.
After the dissolution of the Gruppo N, Alberto Biasi “discovers his solo career”: he launches a series of studies and explorations of transitional spaces and shapes, he deals with objects in eurhythmic motion, creating a considerable cycle of works, the so-called “poly-types”. The following phase of Biasi’s research produces a significant set of works in which the combination of carved lamellar elements incorporated into painted surfaces produces changing visual effects and establishes an evocative exchange between viewer and artwork. In 1988, the city of Padua celebrates the artist with a retrospective exhibition of his work at the Museo Civico Eremitani, an acclaimed event which gathers more than 42 thousand visitors.
On March 18, 2011: the fiftieth anniversary of the historic event in which the Group N showed the world: “Arte è pane… pane è arte”. On that occasion, Luigi Barzini jr., in a famous article published in the Corriere della Sera, June 18, 1961 entitled “Arte e salame” he wondered: to what the art will extent? Piero Manzoni, two months later, tributes to the Padua group with his “Achrome” of breads and kaolin, recently auctioned at Christie’s in hundreds of thousands of euro. The artists of the Group N (Alberto Biasi, Ennio Chiggio, Toni Costa, Edoardo Landi, Manfredo Massironi) were the undisputed protagonists of Programmed and Kinetic art.