Prepared for opportunity.
Piergiorgio Castellani’s buoyant and generous personality has made him friends across the globe, and his restless, always-on mind has led him to seek out adventures. One of his most memorable experiences took place in New York in the late 1980s, when he was still a social anthropology student and had a chance encounter with an artist on the street.
You once wrote that “During my college years I wandered and I am passionate about many things: theatre, art, travel, the human mind.” What are some of your memorable experiences from this time?
For two years, in 1988 and 89, I collaborated with the New York-based Pop artist Keith Haring. We were friends and it resulted in the beautiful Pisa mural Tuttomondo. Keith died the following year. My New York art period was crazy, and Keith was an amazing artist and human.