Giuseppe Penone (B. 1947) studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Turin and made his debut as part of Arte Povera, with a research focused on nature and its processes of transformation. Since 1968 he presents actions, documented by photographs, intended to view and modify the natural processes of growth (Alpi Marittime, 1968; Alberi serie, since 1969; Gesti Vegetali serie, since 1984). Even the human body and its relationship with the environment are the subject of the artist’s research, who works with images, projections, footprints and casts of body parts in various materials. Since 1978 he deals with the issue of contact between body and matter (Soffi series), presenting, modified, exaggerated or graphically processed, fingerprints or parts of the human body (the series Propagazioni, Terre d’ombra and Anatomie, from the mid-nineties). His work, also accompanied by poetic texts of his own creation, has been shown in numerous international exhibitions. Penone in 2014 was awarded with the Imperial Premium for Japanese Art Society sculpture.