Giovanni Maranghi

Giovanni Maranghi

Giovanni Maranghi, born in 1955, is an internationally known Italian painter who is living and working in his birthplace near Florence, Italy.

Born in to a family where art has been in the center for generations, Giovanni’s father was an art merchant and his grandfather was the painter Alfonso Maranghi, his roots in the art world are strong.

He began his training at a young age and he studied art at Liceo Artistico and Academy of “Belle Arti” in Florence. Already at the age of 20 Giovanni had the possibility to make a solo exhibition in Bari, Italy, and from that point on his art career took off with several solo- and group exhibitions both in Italy and abroad.

It is in the 1990s, with an important exhibition in Milan, “La poltrona dei sogni” he becomes truly known to the major art collectors. Hereafter follows a series of exhibitions in USA where his success continues. Throughout the years Giovanni Maranghi has been exhibited in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and USA, editorials and specials in several magazines has been dedicated to his work, you find his work in museums and his art is collected worldwide.

Giovanni Maranghi is a current member of the old Paiolo di Firenze Company (former Cultural Association dating back from 1512).

In his works Giovanni uses a variety of techniques and display different styles of painting, such as the classical where he work with oil paint and different kinds of stucco/moldings and collage, which takes a long time to produce. Further there is the “encausto” (a form of engraving), an ancient painting technique where pigments are mixed with wax, kept liquid and are put on the surface using a brush or a spatula and then fixed with hot tools of metal, creating marbling effects and contours. Another technique which he use in many of his work is the “resina” where the base is a form of drip painting, used for outlining contours, over which a synthetic resin which hardens irreversibly is layered leaving a transparent and glossy surface.

All of the techniques and materials offer their own distinct characters and stimuli.

Other curiosities of Giovanni are the notes often found in his work, as a background collage made of old note book papers, geographical maps, fax papers and letters leaving us a glimpse of a submerged world.

Giovanni’s family history makes him start an art career with inspiration from the female world, which he often treats in an ironical but never disrespectful way. The female figure is almost constantly used in his works and his women are sensual, enchanting, magnetic, Socratic, irreverent, ambiguous and impertinent. Giovanni traces their profiles and faces making evident facial features and marking out some peculiar detail that makes each face unique. Faces which are proud, serene and almost hieratic.

It is easy to fall in love with his figures and with that in to the dream and fantasy world where his paintings takes us. His characters are actors in the great drama and/or comedy of life, and their roles are never the same. He keeps the metaphors, the dreams, wishes and feelings very much alive. His women are inconceivable; with long feet and spindle like fingers and toes, that gradually grow thinner at the tip, swollen, large breasts often in disorder, short, fat or plump women who are far away from any weight loss pills and picture perfect. It is however exactly these imperfections in the models of Giovanni that the female spectator will feel more related to than the models used by Armani or Versace. His women are never caricatures or romantic strip objects, they make us feel emotion, passion and love. Giovanni’s women are free, they stop to talk to the moon or sit at a table in a bar waiting to be served tea in a small painted cup, they are women who talk about their dreams and needs in bright colored sofas. And, if occasionally they appear to offer themselves to our gaze, they are nonetheless insensitive to our imagination and only wish to be admired without counterpart.

Important solo exhibitions:


Casta Diva,“Sala delle Colonne“, Pontassieve, Italy, 2013

“Belle Donne”, de freo gallery, Berlin, Germany, 2013

Galerie Plexus in Montreau, France, 2013

Choo-Choo,Planet 125 Euroyacht, Montecarlo, Mocano, 2011

“Portraits de femmes” Galerie Tatiana Tournemine, La Baule, France, 2011

Galerie  Schortgen, Luxemburg, 2011

“In your eyes”, de freo gallery, Berlin, Germany, 2011

“Art Food – Cibo per la mente”, Lajatico, 2011

“NOTTE ILLUMINATA”, public exhibition, Lajatico. Italy, 2011

NK (Nordiska Kompaniet), Gothenburg, Sweden, 2011

“In te me perdo”, de freo gallery, Gothenburg, Sweden, 2010

“Fuori programma”, Faustini Arte, Forte dei Marmi, Italy, 2010

“Collezione”, Cellai Arte, Prato, Itlay, 2009

“…a fior di labra”, Gallery Art Comparaison, Paris, France, 2009

“Donna”, de freo gallery, Gothenburg, Sweden, 2009

“Colazione da Maranghi”, Antico Spedale degli Innocenti, Florence, Italy, 2008

“Donne”, Gallery d’Arte Brunetti, Ponsacco, Italy, 2008

“Nove Graffiti”, Insolito Details, Sarzana, Italy, 2008

“Extra Large Barocco”, The Church of SS. Vergine del Carmelo, Piacenza, Italy, 2008

“Emme come Maranghi”, Gallery Faustini, Forte dei Marmi, Italy, 2007

Gallery Schortgen, Luxembourg, 2007

Gallery Art Options, Amerongen, Netherlands, 2006

Gallery Art Options, Wijk bij Duurstede, Netherlands, 2006

“Sovente Femina”, Pitti Immagine, Fortezza da Basso, Florens, Italy, 2005

“…le faccio le scarpe”,Novato Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Fano, Italy, 2005

“…le faccio le scarpe”, Biale Cerruti Art Gallery, Siena, Italy, 2005

Gallery Salvadorini, S. Croce Sull’Arno, Italy, 2004

“Uccio & Giò”, Ius Luce, Sovigliana, Italy, 2004

Medici Gallery, Sarasota, USA, 2003

“Gli amori di Fay”, Gallery Tornabouni, Pietrasanta, Italy, 2003

“Cera, Colore, Ironia”, Palazzo dell’Annunziata, Matera, Italy, 2003

“Illusions Coscientes”, Gallery Nichido, Paris, France, 2003

“Coscienti Illusioni”, Gallery Brunetti, Ponsacco, Italy, 2002

“Un treno per Ischtar”, Gallery Faustini, Forte dei Marmi, Italy, 2002

“Incontro per un caffè”, Armanda Gori Arte, Prato, Italy, 2001

Bourbon Street Gallery, New Orleans, USA, 2000

“Gnacchi e Timparlini”, The Westin Excelsior, Florence, Italy, 2000

“L’Architteto dei sogni”, Castello D’Aragona, Ischia, Italy, 2000

“Sito ludico”, Villa Caruso Bellosguardo, Lastra a Signa, Italy, 1999

“La Giostra degli incantesimi”, Antica Pieve di S. Lorenzo, Signa, Italy, 1998

“Appunti per una mostra”, Caffè d’Arte Pascò, Florence, Italy, 1998

Gallery di Via Larga, Florence, Italy, 1998

Gallery Carolina Monti, Ischia, Italy, 1998

“Uno, due, tre, Stella”, W.E.A. Gallery S. Carpoforo, Milan, Italy, 1997

“Women of Vedado”, Bourbon Street Gallery, New Orleans, USA, 1997

“Turquoise”, Bourbon Street Gallery, New Orleans, USA, 1996

“Wunderkammer”, Studio 205, Wileand Center, Chicago, USA, 1995

“Jazz e Arte”, Antico Caffè Carducci, Grosseto, Italy, 1994

“Il circo del dottor Lao”, Gallery Carolina Monti, Ischia, Italy, 1994

“Dieci storie di mare”, Gallery Il Convento, Ischia, Italy, 1992

Hotel Cristallo, Cervinia, Italy, 1992

“di Cielo, di Terra, di Mare”, Gallery Momo Arte, Casamicciola, Italy, 1992

Medici Gallery, Carmel, USA, 1992

Gallery d’Arte Traversaro, Sestri Levante, Italy, 1991

“Small size”, Lo Studio di Marina, Milan, Italy, 1991

Gallery Etruria, Cuneo, Italy, 1991

“La Poltrona dei Sogni”, Gallery Nuovo Sagittario, Milan, Italy, 1990

“Terazza ligure”, Gallery Tunnel dell’Arte, San Remo, Italy, 1988

Gallery Giada, Castiglioncello, Italy, 1988

“Femina”, Gallery Diva, Brussels, Belgium, 1987

Gallery Dalders, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1985

Gallery Spinetti, Florens, Italy, 1980

Gallery S. Ferdinando, Bari, Italy, 1978

Gallery Galeasso, Alba, Italy, 1977

Gallery S. Ferdinando, Bari, Italy 1975

Important group exhibitions:


Tatiana Tournemine gallery in Paris with the jewel designer Jade Jagger, daughter of Mick Jagger, France, 2012

Collaboration with Lorenzo Pescini and other artists on the project “Sulla strada di Venere”, where music, painting and poetry are melted together. Italy, 2012

“Lola”, de freo gallery, Berlin, Germany, 2011

“Contessa”, de freo gallery, Pietrasanta, Italy, 2010

“Contessa”, de freo gallery, Simrishamn, Sweden, 2010

de freo gallery, Pietrasanta, Italy, 2009

Chapelle des jésuites, Chaumont, France, 2009

“Dans tes Jeux”, 11 Artistes en Palmer Escence, Reims, France, 2009

Chetkin Gallery, Red Bank, New Jersey, USA, 2009

Gallery Faustini, Palm Beach, USA, 2009

“La tradizione del piccolo formato”, Stamperia d’Arte Edi Grafica, Florence, Italy, 2008

“Còtè femme & art inuit”, Chapelle du college Diderot, Langres, France, 2008

“97-07 Eventi d’Arte di un Decennio”, S.Maria de Armeniis, Matera, Italy, 2007

Holland Art Fair, Malieveld den Haag, Netherlands, 2006

3 Biennale de l’Art Figuratif, Vaux en Beaujolais, France, 2006

20 salon de printemps, Notre Dame de Gravenchon, France, 2006

Triennale de Peinture et de Sculture, L’Argentiere la Bessee, France 2006

“Artour-o 3 edizione”, Grand Hotel Minerva, Gallery Tornabuoni, Florence, Italy, 2006

Novato Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Fano, Italy, 2005

“Artour-o 2 edizione”, Grand Hotel Michelangelo, Gallery Tornabuoni, Florence, Italy, 2005

Gallery Gantois, Cannes, France, 2005

Medici Gallery, Sarasota, USA, 2005

“Il capello e la creatività!, M’Ars, Contemporary Art Museum, Moscow, Russia, 2005

Biale Cerruti Art Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland, 2005

Galleria d’Arte Brunetti, Ponsacco, Italy, 2004

“I have a dream”, Studio Giuliani, Siena, Italy, 2004

“Art Fair Riparte 2004”, Biale Cerruti Art Gallery, Gallery Tornabuoni, Geneva, Switzerland, 2004

“Cote femme”, Maison de la Martelle, Poiret sur Vie, France, 2004

“Homecraft, Arte domestica”, Biale Cerruti Art Gallery, Siena, Italy, 2004

”Les Printemps de Rochevilaine”, Billiers, Nantes, France, 2004

”Identità e diversità, il Capello e la creatività” (together with Joan Mirò, Enrico Bay, Giacomo Balla, Alain Bonnefoit, Giovanni Maranghi, Hsiao Chin and Matthew Spende) Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence, Italy, 2004

”Artisti in Galleria”, Biale Cerruti Art Gallery, Siena, Italy, 2003

”A confronto con Philip k. Dick”, Grand Hotel Baglioni, Florence, Italy, 2003

Ridotto del Teatro del Popolo, Castelfiorentino, Itlay, 2003

Open Art, Milan, Italy, 2003

”Magia di un’illusione”, Gallery d’Arte Malù, Borgo a Buggiano, Italy, 2003

Regionale della Toscana, Sala del Gonfalone, Palazzo Panciatichi, Italy, 2002

”Amici Miei” – omaggio a Mario Monicelli, Consiglio, Florence, Italy, 2002

Museum Parmainarte, Gallery Tornabuoni Firenze, Parma, Italy, 2002

”Omaggio a Enrico Caruso”, Limonaia di Villa Strozzi, Florence, Italy, 2001

”Calendario 2002”, Gallery Pio Fedi, Florens, Italy, 2001

”All’insegna dell’orizzonte”, Associazione Culturale Musica Insieme, Palazzo Chigi Zondadari, S. Quirico d’Orcia, Italy , 2001

”La Toscana di Caruso”, Auditorium dell’Accademia Musicale di Firenze, Florence, Italy, 2000

“Artisti per Caruso”, Officina Farmaceutica di S.M. Novella, Florence, Italy, 2000

“I nostril Artisti”, Saletta circolo Stella Rossa, Signa, Italy, 1999

“Un Fiume e le sue terre”, Villa Bellosguardo, Lastra a Signa, Italy, 1999

”Omaggio a Gino Severini”, Castello di Montegufoni, Montespertoli, Italy, 1999

W.E.A. Gallery S. Carpoforo, Milan, Italy, 1997

Tuyapexhibition, Istanbul, Turkey, 1995

Expo Art, Bari, Italy, 1995

Expo Art, Bari, Italy, 1994

Art Fair, Bologna, Italy, 1994

Europarte 93, Geneva, Switzerland, 1993

Museum Haus Martfeld, Schwelm, Germany, 1993

Expo Art, Bari, Italy, 1993

Bidart, Bergamo, Italy, 1992

“Artisti a Villa Viviani”, Salotto di Villa Viviani, Fiesole, Italy, 1990

“Proposte Plastiche”, C.A.F. Arti Visive, Florence, Italy, 1974


Museum Haus Martfeld, Schwelm, Germany

Lu.C.C.A, Lucca Center of Contemporary Art, Lucca, Italy