Alberto Garutti was born in Galbiate (Lecco, Italy) in 1948 and currently lives and works in Milan. Since 1989 he has been professor of Painting at the Accademia di Brera and since 2002 he has taught at the Faculty of Architecture in Venice (IUAV). He participated in the Venice (1990), Havana (2000) and Istanbul (2001) Biennales.
Thanks to his continuous research on the establishment of an open dialogue between contemporary art, spectator and public space, Garutti has been invited to realize artworks for cities and museums all around the world.
In 2000, he created in Bergamo one of his best known projects: Dedicated To Those Who Are Born Today, a work that lights up simultaneously the street lamps of Piazza Dante every time a baby is born in the local hospital. In 2002, in Kanazawa, Japan, he produced a light installation that accompanied the construction of the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, by involving the local inhabitants. In 2003, in Bolzano, he built in the Don Bosco working class neighbourhood a Small Museion, a transparent 'cabin' exhibiting works from the local art museum.
In 2009,Garutti created an installation in the building site of Zaha Hadid's MAXXI in Rome, entitled In a room in the new MAXXI, the lights will tremble every time in Italy a flash lightning strikes during a storm. This work is dedicated to all those who will think of the sky as they pass by.
In 2012, the Pavillion of Contemporary Art in Milan hosted his first retrospective, titled Didascalia / Caption.