Giovanni Gasparro

Biography

Giovanni Gasparro was born in Bari in 1983. He lives and works in the province of the same city, in Adelfia. Graduated in Cultural Heritage and Conservation at the "Giuseppe De Nittis" Art School of the Apulian capital in 2002, he continued his studies in painting with professor Giuseppe Modica at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, graduating with honors, and with a thesis in history of art on the Roman residence of Van Dyck.
In 1997 he won the Bona Sforza prize, queen of Poland and Duchess of Bari, for a graphic work. In 2006, his Last Supper painting is exhibited in the set design of the film Saturno against director Ferzan Ozpetek.
Among the major exhibitions, besides the first solo exhibition at the Galerie 91 in Paris, it is Oil on panel. Fisionomie of the culinary art in painting from the seventeenth to the twenty-first century, of 2008, at the former hospice of the Pellegrini all'Abbadia of Fiastra (Macerata), where, the only painter representing the XXI century, closed an exhibition that proceeded from Bernardo Strozzi, Spadarino and Empoli, up to Morbelli, Guttuso, Cagnaccio di San Pietro, Casorati and De Pisis.
In 2009 he exhibited at the Rome premises of the Galleria Russo, for his first Italian solo show, curated by the historian and art critic Paolo Serafini (De Luca Editori Catalog), one of the leading experts of 19th century Venetian painting. In the same year, the selection for the great anthological exhibition on contemporary figuration Contemplazioni was curated by Alberto Agazzani for the Castel Sismondo of Rimini.
There are also several international contemporary art exhibitions such as Artefiera in Bologna or ArtParis at the Grand Palais in Paris, ArtVerona, Arte Padova, and numerous group exhibitions.
In 2010 an exhibition took place on the painting in Bethany at the International Antiques Fair in Rome at Palazzo Venezia, alongside works by Boccioni, Paladino, Picasso, De Chirico, Lorenzo Lotto, Canaletto, Canova, Brueghel, Murillo and numerous great authors from antiquity to the contemporary panorama.
There are also several radio passages and on national and foreign televisions. Furthermore, there was a space dedicated to him by the French magazine AZART in 2009, with a long article by the director Gérard Gamand.
For the 54th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, Gasparro was invited by Vittorio Sgarbi, curator of the Italian Pavilion, to represent the Pavilion of the Lazio Region with other artists, exposing the painting Deus absconditus in the Roman seat of Palazzo Venezia ( SKIRA catalog).
In 2012 he created the opera Anomalia with the hat of Largillière for the Costa Fascinosa, the largest cruise ship in Europe, in the fleet of Costa Crociere, and exhibits Insatiability. Forgetting Witkiewicz, at the National Picture Gallery of Bologna and the National Museum of Photography in Florence, for the IV ° Prize Fabbri for Art, curated by Alberto Agazzani (SKIRA Catalog). The work is currently in the permanent collection of the Fabbri Museum in Bologna.
The Archdiocese of L'Aquila (with a financial contribution from the Fondazione Roma), following the devastating earthquake of 2009, commissioned the realization of the entire pictorial cycle for the decoration of the Basilica of San Giuseppe artisan (Ex San Biagio d 'Amiternum, XIII century). The altarpieces for the eighteenth-century marble altarpieces of the apse chapel of San Giuseppe artisan, were shown as a premiere event associated with the XIV Week of Culture of MiBACT (Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism) in L'Aquila, in the Cathedral of Saints George and Maximus of Aveia, with an iconographic presentation of the Archbishop Metropolitan SE Mons Giuseppe Molinari, the Director of Regional for the Cultural Heritage and Landscape of Abruzzo Fabrizio Magani, and Vittorio Sgarbi. Among the latest exhibitions, it is worth mentioning Painting the Mystery. The art of Faith today on contemporary sacred painting, official exhibition for the Year of Faith held by S.S. Pope Benedict XVI, curated by Don Alessio Geretti of the San Floriano di Illegio Committee, in the Udine and Tolmezzo offices. With the opera Casti connubii inspired by the homonymous encyclical, on the family and against abortion, by S.S. Pope Pius XI of 1930, won the 2013 Bioethics Art Competition of the Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights, UNESCO. The painting was exhibited in Hong Kong for the Third International Bioethics, before moving to Mexico City and Houston.
The painting Quum memoranda portraying the Servant of God S.S. Pope Pius VII Chiaramonti led into exile by the Napoleonic troops, and was the winner of the Pio Alferano Award 2014 (artistic director Vittorio Sgarbi) and of the first Excellent Painters Award - Brazzale in 2015.
As part of the International Celebrations for the IV Centenary of the birth of Mattia Preti, he exhibited at the National Gallery of Palazzo Arnone in Cosenza in the exhibition Giovanni Gasparro versus Mattia Preti, curated by Fabio De Chirico (Rubbettino catalog with essays by Mons. Daniel Estivill, Angelo Loda, Alexander Debono and Simona Tosini Pizzetti).
In 2016 the itinerant exhibition-conference Vicar of Christ between Faith and History, curated by Carlo Manetti and Cristina Siccardi, at the Sala dei Papi of the Real Basilica of Superga in Turin. From the same year, the personal exhibition at the Casino dell'Aurora of Palazzo Pallavicini-Rospigliosi in Rome, under the famous fresco of the Aurora by Guido Reni, among the works of Annibale Carracci, Luca Giordano, Cavalier d'Arpino and Carlo Saraceni. Even more recent, the Sensus Fidei exhibition at the Pinacoteca Civica P. Tacchi Venturi of San Severino Marche (Macerata) where the Holy Family of Gasparro was placed in direct confrontation with Pinturicchio's Madonna della Pace. Other paintings were flanked by the museum's works, in a path that unfolded between the polyptychs of Vittorio Crivelli and Nicolò di Liberatore called l'Alunno, the frescoes by the Salimbeni brothers, the paintings by Paolo Veneziano and Bernardino di Mariotto, until the San Bartolomeo del Cerano.
Many of the exhibitions in which he participated enjoyed the patronage of the Presidency of the Italian Republic, the Senate of the Republic, the Chamber of Deputies and numerous Ministries, as well as regional, provincial and municipal institutions.
Numerous works by Gasparro have merged into important European and US public and private collections and are reproduced on the cover of publications on theology, "classical" music and literature.