Ugo Nespolo (Mosso, Biella, 1941), graduated from the Accademia Albertina di Belle Arti in Turin and is conferred a Degree in Modern Literature. In January 2019 the University of Turin awarded him an Honorary Degree in Philosophy.
Since the ‘60s he has been a member of the Galleria Schwarz in Milan together with other great names such as Duchamp, Picabia, Schwitters, Arman. His first exhibition in Milan which was titled “Macchine e Oggetti Condizionali” represented the spirit and the innovations of the group which Germano Celant eventually called Arte Povera.
Nespolo moved to New York in the ‘60s and was fascinated by the nascent Pop Art. After meeting Jonas Mekas, P. Adams Sitney, Andy Warhol and Yoko Ono in 1967, he became a pioneer of the Italian Experimental Cinema. He realized numerous Avant-Garde Art Films together with Mario Schifano. The protagonists included friends and colleagues like Michelangelo Pistoletto and Lucio Fontana. Man Ray gave him a script for a movie, on which his film “Revolving Doors” was later based. Nespolo established the Pataphysical Institute of Ticino in Switzerland together with Enrico Baj, where his interest in design, applied art and creative experimentation in various areas like commercial art, illustrations, fashion, costumes and scenography for the opera, was born.