ABSTRACT FIGURES


STATEMENT


Our memory stores the emotions and dreams that become the building bricks of our work. They are the essence of what surrounds us, an understanding of the universal rhythms of nature: a tree, a rock, a splash of paint, a procession of ants - they follow the rules of gravity, dynamics, attraction, repulsion - we create images that represent a more intimate way to look at reality - if we follow the universal laws that drive planets, emotions, visions, remembrances reassembled in different ways guided by associations caused by our inner self, different from the original building stone, but intimately connected to them.

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Our memory stores the emotions and dreams that become the building bricks of our work. They are the essence of what surrounds us, an understanding of the universal rhythms of nature: a tree, a rock, a splash of paint, a procession of ants - they follow the rules of gravity, dynamics, attraction, repulsion - we create images that represent a more intimate way to look at reality - if we follow the universal laws that drive planets, emotions, visions, remembrances reassembled in different ways guided by associations caused by our inner self, different from the original building stone, but intimately connected to them.

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ARTWORKS


Gian Berto Vanni’s work is characterized by the use of extremely diverse formal components, expressed with the superimposition of heterogeneous multi-cultural references. In the rare artworks where Vanni inserts figurative elements those become another formal variable that multiplies the interpretive possibilities of his language.

One of the key structuring elements for these figurative works lay in the importance that Vanni places on a dialectical comparison between the contemporary artist and any moment of artistic research in the past. This underlines his need to keep alive, in the present, ties with figurative situations that have come before.

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Gian Berto Vanni’s work is characterized by the use of extremely diverse formal components, expressed with the superimposition of heterogeneous multi-cultural references. In the rare artworks where Vanni inserts figurative elements those become another formal variable that multiplies the interpretive possibilities of his language.

One of the key structuring elements for these figurative works lay in the importance that Vanni places on a dialectical comparison between the contemporary artist and any moment of artistic research in the past. This underlines his need to keep alive, in the present, ties with figurative situations that have come before.

Vanni uses these historical references in his complex world, enriching them with the psychical realm of his memories. In this museum of his own making, space and time merge onto the canvas in a myriad of perceptions that are multiform and in a state of constant transformation.

In these works the use of mythological themes is intended as the expression of our cultural roots. The figures of Danaë, Zeus, or Endymion become allegories of our existence in relationship to the forces that agitate us internally or by which we are conditioned in the tangible world.

The key of interpretation resides in the observer’s physical and emotional reaction and ultimately in her/his personal and collective memories.

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LIFE


Gian Berto Vanni was born in Rome. He studied with Vordemberge-Gildewart in Holland and color theory with Joseph Albers at Yale University in New Haven. He has been actively involved in the Italian Art scene of the 60s, moving to New York City at the end of the 70s. He has been teaching color theory at Cooper Union for 30 years.

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Gian Berto Vanni was born in Rome. He studied with Vordemberge-Gildewart in Holland and color theory with Joseph Albers at Yale University in New Haven. He has been actively involved in the Italian Art scene of the 60s, moving to New York City at the end of the 70s. He has been teaching color theory at Cooper Union for 30 years.

He currently lives and works in New York and Greece. His works have been shown in galleries in the United States, Europe and Japan.

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