Born in Luzzara, Italy in 1943, Parmiggiani studied at the Istituto di Belle Arti di Modena between 1958-1960. During this time he frequented the studio of Giorgio Morandi, whose work was to have a profound impact on him. He is best known for his imprints on paper and boards, created using powder, smoke, fire, soot, and ash. Working in collage, sculpture, installation, and photography, the artist explores new ways of creating and manipulating images, shade, movement and objects. Associated throughout his career with both the Arte Povera and Conceptual Art movements, Parmiggiani’s work resists substantial connection with either.
Today, Parmiggiani’s work has been widely exhibited in international museums and collections, including his six participations at the Biennale di Venezia.