Lucio Fontana (1899 – 1968) was an Italian sculptor and painter. He became one of the protagonists of the Italian abstractionist movement, exhibiting his famous non figurative sculptures at the Milione in 1935 in a solo exhibition that marks the first exhibition of abstract sculpture in Italy. In 1949 Fontana presented at the Galleria del Naviglio Spatial Environment in black light, which marked a first revolutionary expression of spacialist theories. At the beginning of the 1950s Fontana discovered in neon light a congenial means of expressing the language of spacial art.
Fontana has exhibited at the Venice Biennials, Milan Triennials, Rome Quadrennials, Salon de bellas artes in Buenos Aires, Documenta in Kassel and numerous solo exhibitions at museums and galleries including Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1967); Mc Roberts &Tunnard, London (1960); Walker Art Center di, Minneapolis (1966); Martha Jackson Gallery, New York (1961); Galerie Iris Clert, Parigi (1964); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (1967); and Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo (1962).