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Gianni Dessì

1955 Roma, Italy

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  • About the Artist

Gianni Dessì had his first training at the Academy of Fine Arts where he graduated in scenography with Toti Scialoja. 

In the mid-seventies the artist collaborated with the avant-garde theater. His first personal exhibitions date back to the eighties where he exhibited at the Ugo Ferranti Gallery in Rome and at the Yvon Lambert Gallery in Paris, while in 1981 with Bruno Ceccobelli and Giuseppe Gallo he participated in some important group shows abroad.

Dessì has a studio in the former Pastificio Cerere in San Lorenzo (Rome) and in 1984 participates in the exhibition Ateliers curated by Achille Bonito Oliva. Following several exhibitions of the artist in Italy and around the world, he participated in the Venice Biennale (1984, 1986 and 1993) and the Quadriennale di Roma (1986, 1996).

In his works we find a great chromatic sobriety given by different interventions on the canvas, such as lacerations, engravings, superimpositions of planes, insertions of different materials. In the mid-eighties, while his exhibition activity intensified with exhibitions in Rome, Berlin, Paris, and New York, his painting became animated by a new relationship with color, which ignited, until it exploded in the yellows of works such as Campione (1988) and Camera picta (1991).

In 2003 he presented for the first time at the Galleria dell'Oca some sculptures, which inaugurated the close dialogue between painting and sculpture in depth in the solo exhibition that dedicated the Macro in Rome in 2006. In 2009 he was at the Mart in Rovereto.

He has maintained continuous contacts with the world of theater by creating the sets for Richard Wagner's Parsifal, staged under the direction of Peter Stein and the musical direction of Claudio Abbado at the Salzburg Festival and in 2008/2010 he created the scenes for Duke Bluebeard's Castle, a work by Bela Bartok, performed at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan and at the Het Muziektheater in Amsterdam.

Works by Gianni Dessì

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