Jannis Kounellis was a Greek performance artist and sculptor born in 19836 in Greece. Kounellis is widely associated with the Arte Povera movement, a radical arts movement focused on the simplistic and working against institutional and established entities. He moved to Rome to study at the Academy of Fine Arts and stayed in the city continuing his artistic practice. He frequently contributed to the Venice Biennale and has had solo exhibitions at the Tate Modern, London , the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, the Albertina, Vienna, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, and many more.
The Greek artist’s works juxtapose various urban and pre-industrial, earthy materials such as stone, cotton, coal, bed frames, and doors. Kounellis incorporated the daily into an art form and expanded boundaries between different art forms. The Greek artist recently passed away on February 16, 2017 in Rome, Italy at the age of 80.