Alessandro Busci, painter and architect, lives and works in Milan. A graduate of the Milan Polytechnic University with a thesis in art history (supervisor Flavio Caroli), he explores the potential of exchange between the western and eastern iconographic traditions in work characterized by a highly distinctive pictorial and calligraphic style on unconventional supports like steel, copper and aluminium, worked with acid and enamels, or on the more traditional paper.
Busci first presented work in 1996 at the 36th edition of the Suzzara Prize and has since held solo shows in Milan, Rome, Brescia, Turin, London, Bordeaux, Madrid, Milan, Bilbao, San Francisco and Naples. He has worked since 1997 with the Atelier Mendini on various projects of architecture, decoration and exhibition design, including wall art for the chain of Swatch stores and the ‘Telefono Azzurro’ touring exhibition. In 1999 Busci was awarded first prize in the Venetian ‘La Fenice et des Artistes competition’ and held a solo show entitled ‘Dirty Water. Brown Light. Light’ at the Galleria Antonia Jannone in Milan, followed by ‘Steel Life’ in 2002.
2003 saw a solo show at the Poltrona Frau showroom in London and 2004 an invitation to take part in the Turin Preview of the 14th Rome Quadrennial. He was also among the finalists for the 5th Cairo Communication Prize. In 2007, to mark his tenth carrier anniversary, Italian Factory organized a solo show of his work in two venues, the Italian Institute of Culture to Madrid and the Institute for the Blind in Milan. His works were included in the group exhibitions ‘The New Italian Art Scene’ (Taiwan, Taipei Fine Arts Museum) and ‘Italian Art 1968-2007. Painting’ (Palazzo Reale, Milan, original idea by Vittorio Sgarbi).
2008 saw the solo show ‘8’ at the Mark Wolfe Gallery in San Francisco (CA, USA) and ‘Cor-Ten’, a major series of fifty large works on iron examining the spaces of the contemporary city, exhibited first in Turin to coincide with the T2 Triennial of Contemporary Art and then at the First Gallery in Rome (2009).
In 2010, within the framework of the China Trade Award, Busci and Cathay Pacific presented the volume Airports at the Milan Triennial. His work was also shown in the Italian and Cuban pavilions at the Venice Biennial the same year. The solo show ‘Milan-Naples’ was held in Naples at the Galleria al Blu di Prussia in 2011 and the joint show ‘Omar Galliani | Alessandro Busci – a change of generation (centre of permanent gravity)’, curated by Flavio Caroli, in Gallarate at the Museo MAGA in 2012.
In 2014 the great solo exhibition at the Milan Triennale , ” In alto Milano ” , 90 works dedicated to the growth of new vertical city, curated by Ada Mason.
In 2018 he also joined the San Patrignano Collection, belonging to the Moratti family with the artwork San Siro (2017), which will go to Rimini inside the new Museum of contemporary art of Palazzo Podestà, the collection boasts prestigious names in the world art such as: Sandro Chia, Enzo Cucchi, Nicola De Maria, Julian Schnabel, Luca Pignatelli.
The most important publications include the following books: Alessandro Busci (Skira, Milan 2007), Cor-ten (Electa, Milan 2008), Busci Biennale, (Maretti Editore, San Marino 2011), and Omar Galliani | Alessandro Busci – Un passaggio di generazione (centro di gravità permanente) (Silvana Editoriale, Cinisello Balsamo 2012).
- Centrale Avorio Centrale Avorio
- Empire Empire
- Montagne neve e ruggine Montagne neve e ruggine
- Montagne oro e azzurro Montagne oro e azzurro
- San Siro, Stelle San Siro, Stelle
- Aereo bianco Aereo bianco
- Fabbriche_rosso Fabbriche_rosso
- Stazione di Servizio Stazione di Servizio
- Marina sera Marina sera
- Tornado_indaco Tornado_indaco
In alto Milano, La Triennale
Fuoco su Napoli - Galleria al Blu di Prussia, Napoli
Bb-Busci Biennale, 54 esposizione d’arte LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA, Padiglione cubano
Airports, la Triennale di Milano
2009 - 2008
Cor-Ten, ex Arsenale Borgo Dora, Torino
“8”, Mark Wolfe Gallery, San Francisco
Un viaje por…, Sala Amàrica, Vitoria-Gasteiz
Alessandro Busci, Istituto dei Ciechi di Via Vivaio, Milano
Alessandro Busci, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Madrid
Vespertine, Novato Art Gallery, Fano
Alessandro Busci, Heraartecontemporanea , Brescia
Milano-San Siro, Galleria Antonia Jannone, Milano, Galleria Pittura Italiana, Milano
Paesaggi ,Saint James Hotel, Bordeaux
London ,Spazio Poltrona Frau, Londra
Steel life ,Galleria Antonia Jannone, Milano
Acqua sporca, luce marrone, luce , Galleria Antonia Jannone, Milano
Serie Armonica alternata - Salvioni Design Solutions, Milano (MI), Italia
Maia Project - Saatchi Gallery London,Barbara Paci Galleria d'arte, London UK
Barbara Paci - Salvioni Design, Milano
Scope New York - Barbara Paci Galleria d'Arte, New York, Usa
54 esposozione d’arte LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA
Arte Italiana 1968-2007, Palazzo Reale, Milano
Italiana, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei (Taiwan)
Cuore di Pietra, Mole Vanvitelliana (Ancona)
XXXIX Premio Vasto, Musei Civici di Palazzo d’Avalos, Vasto (Chieti)
Nuovo Romanticismo, Galleria Studio Vivo, Cremona
Altre voci, altre stanze Le Ciminiere (Catania)
Check Point, Palazzo Frisacco, Tomezzo (Udine)
V Premio Cairo Communication, Palazzo della Permanente, Milano
Normali Meraviglie, Palazzo Ducale, Museo di Villa Croce, Genova
XIV Esposizione Quadriennale d’Arte, Promotrice delle Belle Arti, Torino
Young Art (asta Amedeo Porro & C) Cartiere Vannucci, Milano
Spaesaggi Galleria pitturaitaliana.com, Milano
Concorso La Fenice et des artistes (Primo Premio) Hotel La Fenice, Venezia
Young Art (asta Finarte) Cartiere Vannucci, Milano
Premio città di Busto Arsizio Palazzo Cicogna, Busto Arsizio (Milano)
36° Premio Suzzara Galleria d’arte contemporanea, Suzzara (Mantova)