Valerio Berruti was born in 1977 in Alba (CN) where he still lives and works. Graduated in art criticism from the D.A.M.S. of Turin, in 1995 he bought and restored a deconsecrated 17th century church in Verduno (CN) which he uses as an atelier. The artist uses the ancient fresco technique, sculpture and video animation to create essential images, inspired by the suspended world of childhood, the moment in life in which everything has yet to happen. In 2009 he was the youngest participant in the 53rd Venice Biennale where he presented a video animation, with the music of Paolo Conte, composed of 600 frescoed drawings. In 2011, the video of him Kizuna, exhibited at the Pola Museum in Tokyo with the soundtrack specially written by Ryuichi Sakamoto, became a charity project for the reconstruction of Japan after the devastation of the earthquake. The following year he was selected for the international Luci d’Artista project in Turin and created a permanent land art work at the Nirox Foundation in Johannesburg.
In 2018 he began working on the animated short film, co-produced by Sky Arte, La giostra di Nina, with the soundtrack by Ludovico Einaudi. The great carousel was exhibited in the autumn of 2018 in the Church of San Domenico in Alba and in 2019 at the MAXXI – National Museum of 21st Century Arts while the short film, after the absolute preview at the Rome Film Festival, is still participating at the main international film festivals. During the lockdown the artist is engaged in the project The strongest embrace by giving his own drawing to anyone by making a donation of at least 300 euros to the New Hospital Alba-Bra Onlus Foundation. The initiative ended with the creation of 768 drawings and raised over 260 thousand euros used to deal with the health emergency. In July 2020 Berruti was appointed by the mayor Carlo Bo “ambassador of Alba in the Unesco creative network” to enhance the relationship between Alba – Unesco Creative City of Gastronomy and the international circuit of Creative City.