Alberto Burri was born in Città del Castello, Perugia, on 12 March 1915.
    From the beginning of the 1950s he came to the attention of the international art scene as a result of his presence in various exhibitions in the United States and, above all, after his important solo shows in Rome, Chicago, New York, Colorado Springs, Pittsburgh, Brussels, Krefeld, Buenos Aires, Cologne, and L'Aquila.
    His burlap, wood, combustion, iron, and plastic works (Sacchi, Legni, Combustioni, Ferri, and Plastiche) were to be seen in various important retrospective shows held in Houston, Darmstadt, Rotterdam, Turin, and Paris (1963-1972).
    The 1970s revealed a progressive rarefaction of his technical and formal means and also an increasing interest in his monumental aims. We can include, among the series conceived of with a polyphonic structure, Il Viaggio (1979), shown in Città del Castello and then in Munich; Orti (1980), Florence; Sestante (1982 c.), Venice; Annottarsi (1984-86) in the Galleria Sprovieri, Rome; and Annottarsi 2 (1987) in the 1988 Venice Biennale. There are also the large-scale installations currently to be seen in the Ex Seccatoi del Tabacco, Città di Castello, where, on his suggestion, the Fondazione Palazzo Albizzini Collezione Burri was established, a foundation devoted to the study and preservation of his work. Burri died on 13 February 1995 in Nice.