Gianpietro Carlesso was born in Bolzano in 1961 and lives and works in Cormons (North-Eastern Italy). After his studies at the State Institute of Art in Trento, he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in 1984.
From 1989 to 1990 he undertook a residency at the Wilhem Lehmbruck Museum of Duisburg with an atelier in the Krupp steel mills of Rheinhausen, Germany. Through this experience, he came into contact with the history of European sculpture and had the possibility to work with contemporary sculptors from the other side of the Alps, producing his first monumental works for a series of museum exhibitions.
Upon his return to Italy, he taught Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Urbino (1991-1992). During these years, he started working on his series of sculptures called Decostruzioni, which were exhibited for the first time at the Palazzo dei Diamanti in Ferrara in 1992.
In 1995, he travelled to South Africa in order to source the largest existing piece of Black Zimbabwe, a type of granite that became the stone for his sculpture Nero Africa, commissioned by Galerie Sander in Darmstadt.
His most recent International projects include Isola Felix, a permanent sculpture on a lake, composed of locally sourced wooden logs and located in Zell Am See in the Salzburg Alps, Austria.
His works are currently in important international private collections including the Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, the Mannheim Kunsthalle, the Deutsche Bank art collection and the Museum of Modern Art in Bolzano (Italy) as well as in various important private collections in Italy and abroad.