Born in 1933 in Biella, Italy, Michelangelo Pistoletto is an Italian art theorist, object & action artist, and painter. He is regarded as one of the leading members of the Italian Arte Povera. The subject matter of his artworks mainly revolves around the unification of ordinary life and art and reflection when it comes to a Gesamtkunstwerk.
Pistoletto is also credited with developing the Conceptualism movement in Italy. His earlier forms of the iconic mirror paintings featured metallic paint grounds on canvas before ditching the technique for screen printing.
He has exhibited at various renditions of the Venice Biennale and documenta. His work has been featured in collections of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Museo Reina Sofía, the Centre Pompidou, and the Museum of Modern Art.