The beginning of the career of Velasco Vitali (Bellano, 1960) was marked by his encounter with Giovanni Testori and his participation in the exhibition Artisti e Scrittori held at the Rotonda della Besana in Milan. His works were presented at the Rome Quadrennial, the Venice International Art Exhibition in 2011, the 4th edition of the Biennale Gherdëina of sculpture in Ortisei, Val Gardena, in 2014, and in 2015 at the Berlinale, where he won the FIPRESCI award as the producer and protagonist of the documentary Il Gesto delle Mani, directed by Francesco Clerici.
His exhibitions include, in 2010, Sbarco (Piazza Duomo and the Sant’Agostino complex in Pietrasanta, and Piazza Duca D’Aosta and Palazzo Reale in Milan); Branco in 2011 and Aria in 2012 (both at the LKFF Gallery in Brussels). 2012 also saw Foresta Rossa curated by Luca Molinari (Isola Madre and Verbania). His reflections on ghost cities, which were the foundation of this latter installation, continued the following year with the solo exhibition of paintings entitled Foresta Rossa: 416 ghost cities throughout the world curated by Luca Molinari and Francesco Clerici (Milan Triennale).
In 2017 Velasco, together with Peter Greenaway, curated and designed an exhibition on his father Giancarlo Vitali entitled Time Out (Palazzo Reale, Castello Sforzesco, The Natural History Museum and the Manzoni Museum in Milan).