Renzo di Renzo
Renzo di Renzo was born in 1962 in Treviso where he currently lives. He is married and has a daughter.
He studied piano and earned a degree in Literature with top marks. An extract of his thesis, about an 18th century author of poems in dialect, was also published.
After working as an Italian literature Researcher at the University of Venice, in 1992 he gained a Master in Business-UPA Communication and began working in the field until he became Communication Director for the Benetton Sportsystem Group, working on the management of brands such as Nordica, Prince and Rollerblade.
Between 2000 and 2007 he was first Editor-in-chief and then both Editorial Director and General Director of Colors magazine, published in 5 languages and distributed in 4 editions in over 40 countries around the world. During that time he also produced some relevant publications under the Colors brand with publishing companies such as Taschen and Skira, as well as other projects, exhibitions and a series of music CDs.
Between 2001 and 2007, after having worked alongside Oliviero Toscani, he was Creative Director of Fabrica – the Benetton Group’s communication research centre. Under his direction Fabrica expanded and opened its new headquarters designed by Tadao Ando, hosting an increasing number of researchers, structured in 7 departments divided into different fields (design, graphic design, music, video, photography, writing/editorial and new media), developing both non-profit and commercial communication projects, as well as products, publications and events, and gaining important recognition right up to the opening of the exhibition Les Yeux Ouverts, first hosted by the Pompidou Centre in Paris and then later by the Milan Triennale.
During that time he curated the publications of severals books of art, with international publishing houses (Mondadori-Electa, Skira, Contrasto)
After leaving Fabrica, in December 2007, he became Artistic Director for the Claudio Buziol Foundation (Replay), dedicated to the development of youth creativity. In few time he was able to attract both media attention and that of institutions, developing important collaborative relations both in Italy and internationally, such as the project Multinatural (Blackout) by Arto Lindsay, presented at the 53rd Art Biennale.
He recently curated the exhibition “Future Pass”, official collateral event of La Biennale 2011, with over 100 artists coming from all the world including Murakami, Wim Delvoye, Yoshitomo Nara and many others.
Renzo di Renzo is also the founder and Creative Director of an international design and communication studio, HEADS Collective, that unites creatives from various origins, disciplines and backgrounds. The agency works on commercial, social and cultural communication.
He is a board member of Villaggio Globale International, which organizes exhibitions, cultural events, and territorial marketing projects, and member of the advisory board of Club Master MCA – UPA (associated advertising clients).
He is art consultant for Browning Gallery in Asolo, a gallery dedicated to emerging artists.
He is coordinator of the project Treviso Design, an organization for the promotion of Design supported by all the institutions of Treviso District and he has organized and directed Sustain/Ability, a festival dedicated to sustainable design.
He is part of the staff of Venice – Candidate for European Capital of Culture 2019, .
in charge to follow the communications and the link of new cultural institution.
He teaches Design Management and Business Communication at San Marino/Iuav University and he regularly holds conferences and courses in schools and cultural institutions.
He is a published journalist, and is on the Veneto journalist’s register.
He has published three narrative works: Brevi incontri, lunghi addii ( 2000, Theoria) and Un Motivo Privato (Marsilio 2007) as well as an illustrated novel for children Nero (2008, Einaudi Ragazzi), for which he won the Grinzane Junior prize. In July 2009 he released his latest book, a collection of poems entitled Ballammo un’estate soltanto (Amos Edizioni, 2009). A new book for children will be published by Einaudi Ragazzi at the beginning of 2012.