Alighiero e Boetti was born in 1940 in Turin, Italy. He abandoned studies in economics at the University of Turin to study painting in Paris in the studio of Johnny Friedlaender in 1962. Boetti’s first one-person exhibition of his sculptures and drawings was in 1967 at Christian Stein Gallery in Turin and La Bertesca Gallery in Genoa. In 1971 he travelled to Kabul, Afghanistan, where he began a long-term collaboration with artisans and ran a hotel, returning frequently for extended periods of time until 1979. During his lifetime Boetti exhibited internationally and his work was included in major group exhibitions including “When Attitudes Become Form: Live in Your Head” Kunsthalle, Bern; Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld; and the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (1969); Documenta 5 (1972); Documenta 7 (1982); the Venice Biennale (1978, 1980, 1986, 1990, 1995, and 2001); “The Knot: Arte Povera” at P.S.1, New York (1985); and “Les Magiciens de la Terre” at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (1989). In 1994 the joint exhibition “Worlds Envisioned: Alighiero Boetti & Frédéric Bruly Bouabré” opened at Dia Center for the Arts, New York. Boetti died on April 24, 1994, in Rome, Italy.