Michele Festa was born in Milan in 1931, where he lived and worked during his life. He began his work in 1953.
In 1956 he exhibited for the first time at the Galleria degli Artisti, and in 1959 he exhibited at the Galleria del Baguttino, both in Milan. In the early sixties, after a brief experience with informale art, Festa started once again to “model”, using wax plates to “construct figures”. In 1966 he gave a one-man exhibit at then Rizzato-Whitwort Gallery, and from this moment on he started exhibiting regularly in Italy and abroad.
In the early sixties he abandoned traditional technique and began working with stainless steel plates and with Perspex. Since the seventies he has considerably increased the volume of his sculptures and created his first abstract-geometric structures. Following this he was to create a few large-scale sculptures in Frankfurt, Nuremberg, and Paris. He then began exploring the relationship between sculpture, architecture, and nature. In the last few years his work was focused on the theme of the instability of forms in space and on the accentuation of inbalance in architectural structures: Stelae, Pillars, and Doors.
Michele Festa was engaged in the realization of the monumental structure, Porta Breda, that will be situated in the area of the Archaeological Park of the former Breda factory in Sesto San Giovanni. The permanent installation is to be installed in June 2003. In the last few years Michele Festa has exhibited his sculptures in the Frankfurt Galerie Dorotea Loehr (1985, 1988, 1989, on the occasion of Art Cologne), in the Lorenzelli Arte Gallery in Milan, (1987, 1992 and now in 2003), in the Studio Reggiani, in Milan (1998), in the Spazio Hajech (1997, 1999, 2000) and at the Palazzo della Permanente in Milan (1995 and 2002). Abroad, worth mentioning are the main exhibition sites: Cologne, Art Cologne, Lorenzelli Arte (1995 and 1998); at Regensburg, Thon Dittermer Palais (1995); in Slovenia (Begunje 1993, Sezana 1994, Ljublijana, 1997): at the Galerie Paul Maenz, Linz (1998). at the Kongresshaus of Innsbruk (1996); at the Kunstverein of Bonn, (1998); and lastly, at Erfurt, at the Galerie der Kultur Forum (2002).
Michele Festa died in Milan on July 8th, 2010.