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).

In 2017 Sea invites Alessandro Busci for the personal MILANO FLY ZONE that will occupy the space called the magic threshold - The Porta di Milano - Milan Malpensa Airport, Terminal 1 from April 2017 until March 2018, shows seen by over 2.5 million passengers in transit.

In May 2017 Archizone again for the Antonia Jannone Gallery in Milan. The journey, the departure, the arrival, the city of Milan and its architecture in progress,

In June 2017 with the Barbara Paci Gallery in Pietrasanta he exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery in London invited by the Heesen Yatch to a special project for the Superyacht Gallery exhibition. 

Collaborations continue in 2017 on site specific projects such as the AP HOUSE in Urbino with GGA Giardini Gibertini Architetti.

March 2018 In the San Patrignano collection. Presentation at the Milan Triennale

June 2018 RUST for Imago Gallery Lugano. Personal

September 2018 Iron & Ivory for the Galleria Al Blu di Prussia Naples. Between sea storms and ivory nature, feelings of nature and contrasts of light. 

Between summer and autumn 2018 he works on the #Quarantallaquarta project for San Patrignano: to celebrate the Community's forty years he produces, working in the workshops in close contact with the children, 40 works 40x40 cm that the Robilant + Voena gallery will then host during an exhibition with the same title.

His work San Siro_rosso enters the San Patrignano Collection which will be exhibited in the Triennale in Milan, then in Florence at Palazzo Vecchio, and again at the Maxxi in Rome) to then be permanently placed in Rimini at the end of 2019 on the occasion of the opening of a new museum of contemporary art.

In June 2019 the double solo show Alessandro Busci & Michele De Lucchi for the Antonia Jannone Gallery in the new headquarters in Pietrasanta. The centrality of nature is the theme that unites the inspiration and execution of the works on display, between painting and sculpture, for a unique and extraordinary dialectical relationship.


In alto Milano, La Triennale

Fuoco su Napoli - Galleria al Blu di Prussia, Napoli

2013 - 2012

Omar Galliani-Alessandro Busci, un passaggio di generazione (Centro di gravità permanente) – mostra ideata e curata da Flavio Caroli, Museo MAGA, Gallarate (VA)


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, 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)