Pino Pinelli was born in Catania in 1938, where he completed his artistic studies. In 1963 he moved to Milan, where he still lives and works, fascinated and attracted by the artistic debate of those years, animated by figures such as Lucio Fontana, Piero Manzoni, Enrico Castellani. He participated in the San Fedele awards and in 1968 held his first personal exhibition at the Bergamini Gallery.
Among the numerous group exhibitions, we remember: the Venice Biennale (1986/1997), the Rome Quadrennial (1986/2006), the Lalit Kala Akademi Art Triennale in New Delhi (1986), and among the museums: Galleria Civica di Modena, Civic Gallery of Turin, Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris, National Gallery of Rome, Palazzo Forti in Verona, Villa Arson in Nice, Kunstverein in Hannover, Haus am Waldsee in Berlin, Kunstverein in Bregenz, Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna, Kunstverein in Frankfurt, Palazzo Rospigliosi in Rome, Palazzo Bricherasio in Turin, Zappettini Foundation in Chiavari and Milan, MART in Trento and Rovereto, Museo della Permanente in Milan, Casa del Mantegna in Mantua, Villa Croce Museum of Contemporary Art in Genoa, Convent of Carmine of Marsala, CAMeC of La Spezia, Villa Clerici of Milan, BAG, installation at the Bocconi University of Milan; Palazzo della Gran Guardia, Verona, Museum. Art. Plus. Of Donaueschingen (Germany).
He has held over one hundred solo exhibitions in Italian and international museums and cultural institutions, including: Kunstverein Villa Franck in Ludwigsburg, Musée d’Art in Langres, Forum Kunst in Rottweil, Civic Art Gallery in Gallarate, Kunstverein Schloss Lamberg in Steyr, Rocca Paolina Exhibition Center in Perugia, Italian Cultural Institute in London and Prague, Manzoni Pinelli Fountain (three solo shows) at the Kreissparkasse in Rottweil, Cascina Roma in San Donato Milanese, Villa La Versiliana in Pietrasanta, “Bernabò Brea” Aeolian Archaeological Museum of Lipari, Palace of the Duke of Senigallia, Trademark, Chiaramontane Factories of Agrigento, Palace of Culture of Catania.
In 2016 he held a large monographic exhibition at the Multimedia Art Museum in Moscow and in 2017, the anthology at the Marca di Catanzaro, in Milan in 2018 held a large monographic exhibition in the halls of Palazzo Reale and at the Gallerie d’Italia.
His works are in numerous permanent museum collections including that of the Museo del Novecento in Milan, the Mart in Trento and Rovereto, the Center Pompidou in Paris and the Museum. Art. Plus of Donaueschingen; the Communication Studies Center and Archive of the University of Parma, the San Patrignano Collection in Milan, the Pablo Atchugarry Foundation in Uruguay, the Margulies Foundation in Miami, the Zappettini Foundation in Chiavari, the Gallerie d’Italia in Milan, the MAGA of Gallarate, the Civic Museums of Lecco, Museion of Bolzano.