Giuseppe Penone is an Italian Conceptual artist born in Garessio, Italy, in 1947. Noted for his associations with the Arte Povera movement, Penone’s work primarily focuses on the relationship between humankind and nature. He uses a variety of organic materials—such as trees, wood, stone, and ceramic—to distance himself from modern society and focus on basic truths of life and the planet Earth.
His work is included in the collections of the Tate Gallery in London, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, MAXXI in Rome, the Castello di Rivoli in Turin, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. He lives and works between Turin, Italy and Paris, France.