The interests of Enzo Mari (born in Novara, 1932) have led him to explore various paths, always based, however, on his considerations about the sense of form and design. In the Fifties, he focussed his attention on visual perception, becoming an exponent of what was later known as Op Art. While experimenting along these lines, he also began a personal research into form, developing an interest that led to a parallel career as a designer, graphic artist and architect.
He has taught at various European schools and universities.
He is a member of Parma?s “Centro Studi e Archivio della Comunicazione”. The collection contains some 9000 of his original drawings.
His research and design work has earned him various prizes, including four “Compasso d’Oro”. In 2011 to honour his career he was awarded the ?Premio Compasso d?oro alla carriera?.
Besides showing at the Venice Biennale, his work has been the subject of numerous exhibitions, including: Il lavoro al centro, Centre d?Art Santa Monica, Barcelona in 1999, later transferred to the Milan Triennale in 2000, and the large exhibition which has recently ended Enzo Mari, L?Arte del Design, Galleria Civica d?Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin, 2008.
Examples of his works of art and design pieces are to be found in some of the world?s leading museums, including MOMA in New York and the Louvre in Paris.