GIGI GATTI (Italian b.-1955)
Gigi is skilled in combining cultivated painting (nineteenth and twentieth century figurative work), medieval frescos, and images from advertising and illustration. They possess a nineteenth century folk art feel, but are far more accessible. His brushstrokes are short, slow and deliberate. Nothing happens by accident in these works; they are carefully planned and meticulously executed. Like Modigliani, Gigi outlines his work, but it is much less obvious – he strives to gently separate his subjects from their environment, which they seem to blend right into like faded comic strips. His influences range from Caravaggio, Giotto, Mantegna, and Velazquez to Balthus and Hopper. The works depict personal stories where children are often playing alone or with their pets. The light is usually low, either dawn or dusk in feel, and the mood can be described as contemplative, quiet and perhaps even melancholic or somber. Gigi’s poetic expression is centered in human solitude and the mysterious charm of existence.
Gigi Gatti was born in Gazzola (Piacenza) Italy in 1955, and continues to live and paint there. After a degree in urban design, he was called to pursue a serious career in painting. He made his debut in 1993 in a collective exhibition at the beloved Protestant Church on Solferino Street in Milan. His first solo exhibition was in 2004 at Donec Capiam Studio Gallery, on del Carmine Street in Milan, which sparked a subsequent solo show at the stunning Il Lepre Art Gallery in Piacenza, in 2012. He made his U.S. debut in New York in the same year, with great success and much praise. Gigi has exhibited in the US at Carver Hill Gallery since 2012 and continues to show there regularly. He also continues to show internationally and has built a strong career and reputation with many collectors.
Solo exhibitions include:
Galleria Rosso Tiziano (Piacenza) Italy 2007
Galleria del Carbone (Ferrara) Italy 2009
Galleria Il Lepre (Piacenza) Italy 2010
Gallery of Visions (Piacenza Italy )2010-2011-2012-2013-2014-2015-2016-2017-2018-2019
Il Lepre Gallery (Piacenza Italy) 2010 - 2011 - 2012 - 2013 - 2014
Carver Hill Gallery (Rockland Maine) 2013 - 2014
Bonner David Gallery (Scottsdale - Arizona) United States of America 2016 - 2018 - 2019
Haen gallery (Ashville NC) 2016 - 2017