Orazio Barbagallo was born in Monza on 17th February 1961 into a family in which stone working skills have traditionally been passed through the generations from father to son.
He began his studies as a fourteen year-old at the Monza State Art Institute and continued on to the Brera Art Academy.
After contributing to an exhibition at the castle of Merate (Como) in 1980, the year 1988 marked the beginning of a period of intense activity taking him to exhibitions in Rome, Modena, Carpi, Bergamo, Taormina and Zurich.
Then in 1992 a personal show at Palazzo degli Studi in Monza was followed a year later by another one-man show at the Zeusi Gallery Monza. November of the same year brought an invitation to exhibit for the San Carlo Prize at the Palazzo della Permanente in Milan.
In 1996 Marion Duteutre, art dealer and gallery owner, exhibited Barbagallo's work at the VAAS gallery in Vence and in August of the same year he was a guest at the II Sculpture Symposium at Spinetoli (AP).
Since then he has been abroad several times to collaborate with other European galleries including “The Peter Breughel Art Gallery” in Amsterdam and the “Galerie Angere” in Austria.
In 1997 he completed two mosaics representing “The Annunciation” for the façade of the Church of Santa Margherita in Vimercate and in March he was invited to show some of his major large-size works as part of the International Furnishing Exhibition “MIA”
1999 saw Barbagallo once again at the “VAAS” gallery in Vence (France) in a collective show with five other sculptors in July and in December he was represented in the “Arte Europa” in Reggio Emilia.
In the year 2000 the museum dedicated to St. Catherine in Castiglion d'Orcia (Siena) requested one of Barbagallo's pieces for the museum and invited him to exibit in a collective show with the theme “St Catherine” held in the Rocca di Tentennano.
In June he was also present at the International Sculpture Exhibition of Radicondoli-Belforte (Siena) where the catalogue was signed by Gilberto Madioni.
In December two bronze panels on the subject of the Old and New Testaments were unveiled in the Church of St. Margherita Vimercate.
In April 2001 the Medieval Tower Colnago (Milan) hosted a personal Barbagallo exhibition and in June of the same year six of his works were present at the European Sculpture Meeting in Montauban (France). During the year he also took part in two
simposii “Listening to Stone” at Casatenovo and “Perpetual Motion (from religion to paganism)” at Pescocostanzo (AQ) which was edited by the critic Franco Migliaccio.
In 2002 Barbagallo donated a sculpture “Nike” to the recently-opened Museum of Contemporary Arts Vito Mele Basilica-Santuario “S.Maria de Finibus Terrae” in Santa Maria di Leuca in Puglia.