Thomas Monahan

Fine Art

Massimo Giannoni

​Massimo Giannoni (b. Empoli, 1954), he lives and works in Florence.
In the Seventies he attends the Fine Arts Academy of Florence where he begins his pictorial research through a series of portraits of friends and class mates that already show the traces later found in his mature works. In 1979 he is awarded with the Lubiam Prize (Mantua) and is chosen as the best student of the Fine Arts Academy of Italy.


After his first two solo exhibitions at Galleria Vivita of Florence (1985, 1987) he moves to Australia where he lives for almost two years, developing his artistic activity. In this period he attends most of the prestigious galleries and begins a production of water colours on paper of great dimensions. At the same time, he maintains his interest for portraits that will become part of a series of commissions, as that of William Wright, vice director of the Museum of Modern Art of Sidney. During the same period, he begins a series of voyages and sojourns between New York and Chicago related to his interest on the artistic scenery connected to the revival of painting that was emerging in consequence of the International success of the Transvanguardia. His already accomplished experience in portraiture, together with his relationships with various galleries, represent an important sustain during these sojourns.

Later on, he progressively abandons portraiture and the water colour technique, to begin a large series of material oil paintings. Back in Italy in the late Nineties, he concentrates in the representation of what will become his major topics: libraries, bookstores and stock exchange markets. In 2005 he participates in the Quadriennale of Rome Fuori tema/Italian Feeling, curated by Marco Tonelli (Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome) and in 2011 he was chosen among other 10 artists by the Fondazione Roma to exhibit at the 54 International Art Exhibition Biennale of Venice, Italian Padiglion (Palazzo Venezia, Rome).

In 2008, with the exhibition Mondi simultanei, curated by Lorenzo Canova, he begins his collaboration with Galleria Russo of Rome that organized three major solo exhibitions for the artist: Forme della memoria, curated by Alberto Agazzani at Galleria Russo::Asso di Quadri in Milan (2010); Massimo Giannoni, L’Aleph, curated by Alberto Agazzani at the Palazzo della Ragione, Mantua (2011); Massimo Giannoni: Four Triptychs, curated by Marco Tonelli at Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome (2012).

A selection of works