Marco Gastini (Turin 1938 - Turin 2018), his training began at the laboratory of his father, a marble-worker, where he acquired familiarity with techniques and processing materials. In 1960 in Turin, he graduated from the painting school of the Albertina academy and, immediately after, won the young artists’ prize awarded by the city of Turin. From this point on he began to concentrate on interests which were to lead him to a particular condensation of his subjects, something that was in tune with the “Minimal” atmosphere of the times: see, for example, the 1969 sheets and cylinders, made from transparent Plexiglas and Vedril, placed at the center of the room to became the basis of a pictorial flow, or his Tracciati, Traces, created by beating taut ropes stained with paint against the wall.
    In 1976 Olle Granath invited Gastini to be part of the group of artists gathered together in the Attualità internazionali ‘72-76 section of the Venice Biennale.
    In 1977 at John Weber Gallery, New York, he presented Project (44 units), a series of 44 pictures of fourteen different sizes, drawn in charcoal and painted with Pearl White, a pigment containing mother-of-pearl. In the meantime Gastini’s reputation was firmly established in Europe. In the spring of 1982 he exhibited in the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, having been invited by Helmut Friedel. In the following year Olle Granat, director of the Moderna Museet since 1980, bought for the museum’s collection a large-scale canvas titled Grigia immersione.
    The following decade was marked by various prestigious shows in the Villa delle Rose annex of the modern art gallery in Bologna, 1992, and in the Trento city gallery the following year. In the same year a large retrospective show was presented in the Kunstverein in Frankfurt and St. Gallen, curated by Peter Weiermair and Roland Waspe. Then the city of Turin, in 2001, celebrated Gastini with an exhaustive retrospective show organised by Pier Giovanni Castagnoli and Helmut Friedel, which was later seen in the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich. He has frequently exhibited abroad; one of the most important exhibitions to be organized in a public space was the solo show in the Kunsthalle Göppingen in 2005, organized by Bruno Corà. During his recent solo show in the Walter Storms Galerie, the director of Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus Munich, Helmut Friedel, purchased Attimi sospesi.