Enzo Mari was born in 1932 in Novara. Even as a student at the "Accademia delle Belle Arti" in Milan, he demonstrated intensive artistic activity, which continued throughout his career culminating in many personal and collective exhibitions. In 1963 he became the coordinator of the italian group "Nuove Tendenze" (New Trends), curating in 1965 the exhibition of optical kinetic, and program-art for the "Biennale" of Zagreb. He took part of various editions of the "Biennale" of Venice and the "Triennale" of Milan.One of his trademarks was to work in collaboration with manufacturers and production centers by continious research and experimentation of new shapes and significance of products, even in contrast with the traditional approach to industrial design.
In 1971 Enzo Mari was participating on a critical speech at the exhibition "Italy: The New Domestic Landscape" at the MoMA in New York. His position of art and design is documented in many of the published reports dedicated to his work and in the works of important associations, like the "Associazione per il Disegno Industriale" where Mari has been president from 1976-1979.
Enzo Mari received the "Compasso d'Oro" three times. His works and his objects are presented in various museums of contemporary art: "Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna" in Rome, "Moderna Museet" in Stockholm, "Stedelijk Museum" in Amsterdam, "Kunstmuseum" in Düsseldorf. In 1983 an important exhibition was dedicated to him by the "Centro Studi e Archivio della Comunicazione" of the University of Parma. Enzo Mari donated 8,500 drawings and sketches to the Archive.
His recent projects extend to the field of urban planning for the City of Milan's "Piazza del Duomo" and remains an active speaker at design conferences and courses of lectures in Italy and abroad. He still lectures at the "Istituto of Storia dell'Arte" of the University of Parma and in the faculty of Architecture of the Polytechnicum in Milan.