Renzo Piano

Italian, b. 1937

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Renzo Piano

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Italian, b. 1937

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Declaring that knowing how to work with one’s hands “is a way of safeguarding creative freedom,” internationally acclaimed architect Renzo Piano has been constructing some of the world’s most iconic buildings since the early 1970s. Born into a family of builders in the port city of Genoa, he brings an ingrained focus on craft and a passion for the transformative power of light to his projects. These include the visionary Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, the Kansai International Airport, Osaka, and the state-of-the-art New York Times Building, New York, among numerous museums and expansions. He formed his own practice, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, in 1981. Piano’s sensitivity to light, and its potential to shape an otherwise solid mass, distinguishes his approach. His structures are often airy, appearing as open spaces in an urban milieu or as organic extensions of natural landscapes.

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Biography

Declaring that knowing how to work with one’s hands “is a way of safeguarding creative freedom,” internationally acclaimed architect Renzo Piano has been constructing some of the world’s most iconic buildings since the early 1970s. Born into a family of builders in the port city of Genoa, he brings an ingrained focus on craft and a passion for the transformative power of light to his projects. These include the visionary Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, the Kansai International Airport, Osaka, and the state-of-the-art New York Times Building, New York, among numerous museums and expansions. He formed his own practice, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, in 1981. Piano’s sensitivity to light, and its potential to shape an otherwise solid mass, distinguishes his approach. His structures are often airy, appearing as open spaces in an urban milieu or as organic extensions of natural landscapes.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Centre Pompidou, and 1 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
The Guardian, and 1 more