Italian sculptor and conceptual artist associated with the arte povera group (an Italian movement centered around a return to the environment and the natural world).
Penone utilises his body and natural forms (e.g. trees, vegetables) and through drawings and castings re-creates their presence, or in some cases as with Unghiate (1989) their absence.
Included in the collections of the Tate, UK; MoMa, NY; he has exhibited at the Venice Biennale, 2007, as well as Documenta V, VII, VIII, and XIII. A recent (2012) installation of a twelve-metre cast of a tree at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, and solo exhibitions at The Drawing Centre, NY, 2004 and Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, 2009, have brought his work to worldwide acclaim.