Italian painter Francesco Giannini hosted an intimate press conference held at the Abbey of Our Lady of Montserrat for his upcoming Philippine exhibit on January 13-19 at the Showcase Area, Building A of SM Megamall in Ortigas Center. During the small get-together of selected press people—both from the traditional and new media, he has managed to show his finest pieces of work and one of which is the mural, dubbed as the Benedictine Story in the Philippine Islands and composed of seven panels of jute canvas measuring 126 square meters inside the church.
With the said massive artwork; it is a fusion of spirituality, artistry, and history to which Giannini employed his trademark palette that consists of earthy oranges and celestial blues and neo-Impressionist style. It was in 2009 that Giannini started the commissioned work after being persuaded by Fr. Aelred Nilo, OSB. Both met in in 2006, while Giannini was restoring murals in the monastery of the Benedictine nuns of San Guisseppe, Assisi. Fr. Aelred Nilo, OSB, who was serving as Chaplain of the nuns was taking his summer break from his Monastic Studies at the Ateneo Sant’Anselmo in Rome at the time.
As an artist, he faces any challenges head-on and is one that is relentless in working on vast surfaces, resulting in extraordinary works like the murals in Monza near Milan, and the baptismal font in the parish church of Oliosi near Verona, and the works he has carried out, as a team worker, in the Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi, without ever sacrificing his personal style in both classical and modern techniques.
What is nice about Francesco, he also doesn’t give up on certain obstacles in doing a particular work even if his materials aren’t available within his reach like when he was finishing the mural inside the San Beda chapel located on Mendiola Street, Manila. He imported various soils from Tuscany to create a feel or mood for his artworks.
In every work he does, he makes it a point that he gets into the very world of his subjects; making him not just being involved, but acting out the feelings of his subjects so he can effectively convey what message he wants to say.
“If others look at my work and are also touched by it, then it would be a great satisfaction,” he said.
Giannini was born in Barletta, Italy, on February 4, 1942. As a painter, he is one of those artists who did not venture into the vocation unequipped as he studied art at the Higher School of Art in the Sforzesco Castle in Milan under the tutelage of Professors Beltrame, Alfredo Mantica, and Gino Moro completing his artistic formation at the Art Academy of Brera, Milan.
Giannini’s family incidentally moved to Milan when he was a child. He has since made Peschiera del Garda, Verona, Italy his home base. He is married to Anita Gatti, a fellow painter. In 1980, he was elected member of the Academy of Fine Arts and Graphic Art in Pisa, apart from being permanently included in the Society of Fine Arts in both Milan and Verona. He credits his continuous formation and techniques in frescoes under Professor Bellomi in Verona.
The exhibit opens on January 13 at 10:30 AM and will be graced by the Italian painter himself. For more information about Francesco Giannini, visit his website on Artediarte-Fgiannini.com.