Pino Pinelli was born in Catania in 1938. After studying art in his hometown, Pinelli moved to Milan, where he currently lives and works.
In 1986 he was invited to the Venice Biennale, where he returned in 1997. He took part in the Rome Quadriennale in 1986 and 2006, and in the Lalit Kala Akademi Art Trienniale in New Delhi. He has exhibited in various museums, amongst which: the Galleria Civica in Modena, the Galleria Civica in Turin, the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris, the Galleria Nazionale in Rome, Villa Arson in Nice, the Kunstverein in Hannover, Haus am Waldsee in Berlin, the Kunstverein in Bregenz, the Hochshule für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna, the Kunstverein in Frankfurt, Mart in Rovereto, Villa Croce in Genova, CAMC in La Spezia, Triennale in Milan and Palazzo della Pilotta in Parma.