Born 1930, Castelmassa
1950s Studies painting and sculpture at the Académie des Beaux-Arts and architecture at the École Nationale Supérieure in Belgium.
1957 Returns to Italy; becomes acquainted with Italian avant-garde artists Piero Manzoni, Lucio Fontana, Vincenzo Agnetti and Agostino Bonalumi. Meets Yves Klein and the German artists group “Zero.”
1958 Joins the “Movimento Arte Nucleare” group.
1959 Exhibits his “Superficie Nera” works. These creations are composed of canvases that Castellani works over with a nail gun to create a relief surface. The canvases are typically monochrome.
December 1959 Castellani and Manzoni open Galleria Azimut in Milan. They also publish the journal “Azimuth” stating that their aims are to ensure art does not imitate. Instead, art should possess its own authenticity. Components of the work (light and shade, space) should not be elicited in viewers by means of sensory depiction.
1970s/1980s Begins using other materials, such as aluminum in his “Superficie Nera.”
1964 Works exhibited in a separate room at the Venice Biennale.
1968 Participates in “documenta 4.”
1975 Moves to Cellano, near Viterbo, where he currently lives.