Nanda Vigo was born in Milan in 1936. She lives and works between Milan and East Africa.
She shows interest in art from an early age, when she has the opportunity to spend time in the company of Filippo de Pisis, a friend of the family, and to observe the architectures of Giuseppe Terragni from which - one can dare to say - she learned the attention to the light. After graduating from the Institut Polytechnique of Lausanne and an important internship in San Francisco, in 1959 Vigo opened her own studio in Milan. From that moment on, the essential theme of her art becomes the conflict / harmony between light and space, which the artist uses in his work, even as an architect or designer. From 1959 you first frequent the studio of Lucio Fontana, and then you approach the artists who had founded the Azimut gallery in Milan, Piero Manzoni and Enrico Castellani. In that period between the various travels for exhibitions throughout Europe (more than 400 group and solo exhibitions), Vigo knows the artists and places of the ZERO movement in Germany, Holland and France. In 1959 he began the design of the ZERO house in Milan, which was only completed in 1962. Between 1964 and 1966 he participated in at least thirteen ZERO exhibitions, including NUL 65 at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and ZERO: An Exhibition of European Experimental Art at the Gallery of Modern Art of Washington DC In 1965 the artist curated the legendary ZERO avantgarde exhibition in Lucio Fontana's studio in Milan, with the participation of as many as 28 artists. Between 1965 and 1968 he collaborated and created with Gio 'Ponti the house under the leaf, in Malo (Vi). In 1971 Vigo was awarded the New York Award for Industrial Design for its development of lamps (Golden Gate Lamp) and in the same year it designed and built one of its most spectacular projects for the Remo Brindisi House-Museum in Lido di Spina (Fe ).
In 1976 you won the 1st St. Gobain Award for glass design. In 1982 the artist participated in the 40th Venice Biennale. In 1997 you oversaw the staging of the "Piero Manzoni-Milan et Mythology" exhibition at Palazzo Reale in Milan. Since 2006, the works from Vigo have been permanently exhibited at the Triennale Design Museum. In her activity Vigo works with an interdisciplinary relationship between art, design, architecture, environment, she is involved in multiple projects both in her capacity as architect, designer and artist. What distinguishes her lively career is the attention and research of Art, which pushes her to open collaborations with the most significant personalities of our time and to always undertake projects aimed at enhancing Art such as the ITALIAN ZERO & avantgarde exhibition. 60's at the MAMM Museum in Moscow. Since April 2013, some of Vigo's works have been present in the collection of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and from 2014/2015 at the Guggenheim in New York and at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin as part of the events dedicated to ZERO.