Luciano Castelli was born in Lucerne, Switzerland in 1951.
He achieved notoriety between 1970 and 1983 as a member of a school of expressive and gestural painting known as the “Jungen Wilden” that had been formed by a group of painters in Berlin. Thanks to the influence of Franz Gertsch, Castelli’s early artistic career began to build with the exhibition of some sculptures at Documenta V in Kassel.
His friendship with the Parisian photographer Pierre Mollinier introduced him to the world of photography and the period spent in France profoundly influenced his pictorial and photographic works, especially in the use of color.
Over the course of his career, his works have become increasingly complex and balanced. On one hand, they are characterized by an elegant line, common to Matisse and other French artists; on the other, they are rendered recognizable by an expressionism of gesture and color that refer to the influences of Hartung and de Steal, which however he mitigates, thus creating works of great originality and artistic quality.
Among the great number of exhibitions in which he has participated, let us mention one-man shows at Geneva’s Center of Contemporary Art, the Kunstmuseum in Lucerne and the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris; he has had group shows at the 39th Venice Biennial of Art, the Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna in Modena, at Basel’s Kunsthalle, at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and at the San Paolo Biennale. Many of his works figure in the collections of museums and cultural institutions around the world