Born in Galbiate (Lecco) in 1948, he lives and works in Milan.
Artist and teacher, he teaches at IUAV in Venice, Faculty of Design and Arts. He was a professor at the Faculty of Architecture of the Polytechnic of Milan and until 2013 he held the chair of painting at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera in Milan.
Invited to major international events, such as the Venice Biennale in 1990, the Istanbul Biennale in 2001 and the Memory Marathon at the Serpentine Gallery in London in 2012, he is often called upon to create public works for cities and museums: in Ghent, Belgium for the SMAK on the occasion of the Over the Edges exhibition (2000), in Kanazawa, Japan (2002) in collaboration with the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, in Herford, Germany for the MARTa Museum (2003), in Moscow for the Moscow Museum of Modern Art in the context of the Impossible Community exhibition (2011) and in Milan in the Porta Nuova district on commission from Hines Italia (2012).
In 2019 Alberto Garutti created three large permanent works near Caorle (Venice), after winning in 2017 an international art competition called by Assicurazioni Generali – Genagricola S.p.A., and to the conception of a site-specific work for the new headquarters of MAXXI in L’Aquila.
He realizes permanent works able to trigger relationships and connections between public and private institutions and the social fabric of the city. In this sense are oriented the works Ai nati oggi for the cities of Rome, Bergamo, Ghent, Istanbul, Moscow and Plovdiv, Piccolo Museion in Bolzano (in collaboration with Museion), as well as in Trivero with the work designed for the Fondazione Zegna in 2009, in Cagliari for the headquarters of Tiscali in 2003, in Antwerp with the work Tutti i passi, in the spaces of Malpensa Airport and Cadorna Station in Milan, in the square of Santa Maria Novella in Florence and at the LAC in Lugano.
Protagonist of several solo exhibitions in private galleries, Garutti has exhibited in many locations in Italy and abroad, including Galerie Paul Maenz in Cologne, Galleria Minini in Brescia, Magazzino d’Arte Moderna in Rome, Studio Guenzani and Galleria Marconi in Milan, Buchmann Galerie in Lugano and Berlin, Galleria Massimo De Carlo in Milan, Cassina Projects in New York. Many collective exhibitions in public spaces, where Garutti explored the relationship between art, city and landscape: significant are Arte all’Arte (2000 and 2005 editions) and Luna Park at Villa Manin of Codroipo (2005) curated by Francesco Bonami.
In 2008 he participated in the exhibition Italics. Arte italiana fra tradizione e rivoluzione 1968-2008 at Palazzo Grassi in Venice and later at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Initially presented at the Fondazione Remotti in Camogli, his artwork Temporali was installed at MAXXI in Rome in 2009, as part of the exhibition cycle Dialogues with the city, at the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin in 2010, at Vitra Design Museum in 2013, at the Triennale in Milan in 2015, at Palazzo Cusani in Milan in the exhibition I’ll Be There Forever also in 2015 and in the exhibition Intuition at Palazzo Fortuny in Venice, a collateral event of the Biennale in 2017.
Recent group exhibitions include: Point of Balance. Pensiero spazio luce da Toyo Ito a Ettore Spalletti, MAXXI L´Aquila, L´Aquila (2021); La forma della terra, Fondazione Malvina Menegaz per le Arti e le Culture, Castelbasso, Teramo (2020); PoliArte (L´Arte delle Arti), Galleria Enrico Astuni, Bologna (2019); Sehnsucht, Zoo Zone Art Forum, Rome (2018); La strada. Dove si crea il mondo, curated by Hou Hanru, MAXXI, Rome (2018); Take Me (I’m Yours), curated by Christian Boltanski, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Chiara Parisi, Pirelli Hangar Bicocca, Milan (2017) and Villa Medici, Rome (2018); The Raft. Art Is (Not) Lonely, curated by Jan Fabre and Joanna De Vos, Ostend (2017); Dieses Werk ist jedem gewidmet, der jetzt den Blick nach oben richtet und schaut curated by Christina Vegh, Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover (2017); Incontri con Mario Merz, SMAK, Ghent (2016); Brera in Contemporaneo: Fabro Garutti Kounellis Paolini, curated by Giovanni Iovane, Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan (2015).