Federico Brook was born in Buenos Aires in 1933
In 1954 he graduated in Fine Arts at the University of La Plata (Argentina).
From 1956 he resides in Rome where, in 1960, he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts with P. Fazzini and A. Monteleone.
In 1960 the Galleria del Babuino in Rome organizes his first solo show in Italy.
On the occasion of the Italia ’61 exhibition in Turin, he realizes two large terracotta works, of eight meters, for the Palazzo del Lavoro designed by Pier Luigi Nervi and prepares a personal exhibition at the Tao Gallery of Spoleto for the Festival dei Due Mondi.
Brook is invited to the XXXI Venice Biennale in 1962 with five large sculptures in stone and metal, Figures Spaziali, one of which will be purchased by Palma Bucarelli for the collection of the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome.
In 1962, personal exhibitions at the Galleria Numero di Firenze and Prato presented by Giulio Carlo Argan.
In 1963 he executed in Rome the stone fountain, Latin Structure, for a private building at the Montagnola of Rome, more than five meters long. In the same year at the IV Biennial of San Marino he receives the gold medal of the Captains Regent. The personal exhibition at the Galleria Torcoliere in Rome, curated by Filiberto Menna, presents a preview of a La Sapienza fountain, which will be realized the following year for San Marino, in stone and bronze, to be placed in the space in front of the Unified School of Republic.
Also in 1964 he executed a Totem in stone and bronze that supported the entrance shelter of the Villa Mafalda clinic in Rome. One of his personal exhibitions is held at the Goethe Gallery in Bolzano.
In 1965 he won the international competition for the construction of the monument to the Partisan Resistance of the Municipality of Genazzano (Rome).
In 1966 he sculpts the reliefs of the baptistery of the Church of San Martino Papa in Rome, in stone, glass Dallas and aluminum.
Still in 1966 he made the bronze fountain of the internal patio, Machine Space, of the new RAI headquarters in Viale Mazzini in Rome.
Also in 1966 he sculpts the bas-relief in stone The evolution of man for a private building in via San Crescenziano in Rome.
In 1967 he made a large bas-relief in stone and glass Dallas and the space flight fountain for the Residence Parco Tirrena del Casaletto in Rome.
In 1969 Maurizio Calvesi presented the personal exhibition of Brook at the Studio Farnese in Rome. Participates in the review Visión 12 – Homage to Lucio Fontana at the Italo Latinoamericano Institute in Rome, where 12 South American artists reflect on Fontana’s lesson. Brook’s work is introduced by the poet Murilo Mendes. In the same year he took part in the V Biennial of Metal Art in Gubbio with three kinetic works.
Between 1969 and 1970 he created the S71 / IMI Spatial Structure, which consists of a large mobile sphere in polymethacrylate steel, inserted in a curved wall of the new headquarters of the Italian Mobiliar Institute (IMI) at the Eur in Rome.
In 1970 Brook exhibited at the Salga Gallery in Porto Ercole.
In 1970 he sculpted the wall mural in cement and enamelled metal, over seventy square meters, for the La Serpentara residential complex in Rome, of the Ginobi company.
Participates in the exhibition of International Sculpture of the XXXVI Venice Biennial in 1972 with the work Plan S4 / 71, located in the portico of Palazzo Ducale.
Also in 1972 Brook exhibited at the Christian Stein Gallery in Turin with the presentation of Giulio Carlo Argan and at the Galleria L’Argentario of Trento with a text by Enrico Crispolti.
In 1973 a personal exhibition was presented at the Galleria Arte Contacto in Caracas.
Between 1973 and 1974, on the basis of a variable module in acrylic and metal, he built the vast ceiling area for the new building of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications in Rome.
In 1974, at the initiative of the Municipality of Rome, with the presentation of Italo Mussa, he exhibited three large mobile steel sculptures in Piazza Margana, in which for the first time the cage cloud appears, which alludes to those years tormented by terrorism and in Latin America from military dictatorships.
In 1975 he exhibited five major works at the IX International Art Exhibition of Acireale.
In 1976, together with Jesus Rafael Soto and Estuardo Maldonado, he took part in the Bari Expo with the exhibition Homage to Latin America.
At the 1977 Rome Quadriennale, Brook exhibited five major works by Nuvole in cage. In the same year he took part in the exhibition. Sculptors and artisans in the historic center, organized by the Municipality of Pietrasanta against the military coup in Chile in 1973.
In 1978 it was the turn of the staff in the Green Pavilion of the Union des Banques Suisses in Zurich.
Between 1978 and 1979 he created a large mobile sculpture, a spatial figure T / E 45 78-79, weighing over 800 kg. of steel, which before being placed on the pond of the new building of Assicurazioni Tirrena in Rome, is exposed outdoors in front of the Studio S Arte contemporary curated by Giovanna Dalla Chiesa.
In 1979, Elverio Maurizi took care of the anthological exhibition of Brook, a human-made cosmological machines, in the monumental complex of San Paolo in Macerata.
In 1980 he exhibited at the La Virgola Gallery in Fabriano.
In the period 1980-81 he made eight large windows and the Tevere fountain, in Carrara marble, for the headquarters of the Ministry of the Interior in via G. Lanza in Rome.
In 1982 the exhibition Brook / sculptures and drawings is held at the Galleria Incontri d’Arte in Rome, where the poet Carlo Villa publishes three poems dedicated to his work.
At the end of 1983, along with Roca-Rey, Maldonado and Montealegre, Brook took part in the exhibition Quatres artistes Latino-Américains en Italie, curated by Giulio Carlo Argan, at the Éspace Latino-Américain in Paris.
In 1986 at the exhibition Contemporary Art Latinamerican / Youth and Masters, organized at the Istituto Italo Latinoamericano in Rome, Brook’s work is presented by the writer Jorge Amado. The same year he presented three large outdoor sculptures in steel at the Barcelona Biennale and in December of the same year he was invited to the II Havana Biennial, in Cuba.
In these years Brook also dedicated himself to the cast of the hand of Borges. In the same year the personal exhibition was held at the Éspace Latino-Américain in Paris, presented by Enzo Bilardello and introduced by Borges’s poetry, Nubes, dedicated to Brook’s work in November 1985.
In 1990 the anthological exhibition at the Museo de Arte Moderno in Buenos Aires was introduced by Giulio Carlo Argan and a text by Simonetta Lux.
In 1991, in the framework of the exhibition Presences – contemporary foreign artists in Italy, he exhibited two large steel sculptures in the Loggia di Spello square.
In the same period, two private houses in Rome carved a bas-relief in peperino for a fireplace and a marble fountain of Carrara, green Alps and travertine.
In 1992 the solo exhibition at the Galleria Rotta di Genova, curated by Pierre Restany, presents a series of marble clouds.
In 1993 he won the competition, foreseen by the Law of 2% and banned by the Ministry of Justice, for the urban furniture of the Civitavecchia prison area, for which he created the sculpture Nuvola lying in granite and onyx, high more two meters. Participates in the II International Sculpture Biennial of Toyamura (Japan), where he reaches among the thirty finalist artists.
On the occasion of the IV International Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition The stone and the sea of Riccione (1994) creates the astronomical cloud monument, more than four meters high.
At the 1994 Sulmona Prize he received a special mention. He also participates in the Gioia Lazzarini International Sculpture Award of Pietrasanta.
In 1995 the writer Luigi Malerba introduces Brook’s solo exhibition at the L’Isola di Roma Gallery.
In 1995, twenty years after the Piazza Margana exhibition, the Municipality of Rome invited the artists who had been part of the project to exhibit new works in the gardens of the Euro Garden in Rome, with a presentation by Athos De Luca.
Also in 1995 he was invited again to the Sulmona Prize, the Toyamura Biennial and the XLI Michetti Prize.
In 1996 he won the competition announced by the Ministry of Transport with a bas-relief of more than thirty meters, Birth of the wheel, to be placed in the new headquarters of the Civil Motorization of Rome.
In the same year he was invited to the Carrara International Sculpture Biennial with three works in marble and onyx.
In 1997 for the city of Santo Tirso in Portugal he made the outdoor monument in Nuvola di Santo Tirso granite, almost five meters high. In the same year he won the international competition of the Ministry of Grace for a fountain in travertine, The time of memory to be placed in front of the house of Terni, and performs two large bronze bas-reliefs, Man and the energy and L ‘ man in space, for the headquarters of the Argentine National Energy Company (ENRE) in Buenos Aires.
For the subway station in Rome, Repubblica, in 1999 he created a twelve-meter mosaic, Nuvola -cometa, within the project conceived by Piero Dorazio.
In 1999 he spent a period in South Korea, in the city of Pu Yo, where he sculpts the granite arch of the Peace Monument, in the framework of the I International Sculpture Symposium.
In 2000 the solo show was held at the Van Eyck Gallery in Buenos Aires, with a preface in the catalog by Daniela Fonti.
In 2001 he exhibited some jewels in the Macerata Imagination Aurea review, curated by Enrico Crispolti. Also in 2001, Brook presented at the Centro Cultural Borges in Buenos Aires a series of collages on paper, Nubes de color, introduced by Crispolti and the poet Elio Pecora, which in 2004 will also be presented in Brussels.
In 2002 he took part in the exhibition La città e le nuvole. Italy Argentina as part of the LIII Michetti Prize with three works in marble and onyx.
In 2004 he won the Ministry of Grace and Justice for a monument to Perugia, Nuvola with architecture.
In 2008, on the initiative of María Kodama Borges, she created the Monument to Jorge Luis Borges for the Jardim do Arco do Cego in Lisbon, which will be inaugurated by José Saramago.
Still in 2008 he created the Nuvola di Brufa for the Brufa sculpture park in Umbria, a work in corten steel and mobile polished steel, nine meters high. The inauguration of the sculpture is accompanied by an anthological exhibition presented by Enrico Crispolti.
In 2009 the Galleria Arte e Pensieri di Roma presents the exhibition A Chorus of Clouds, introduced by a poem by Bruno Aller dedicated to the work of Brook.