Self portrait, from the series Fish Eye, 2012. Woodcut. 22x20 cm.


Umberto Giovannini is a multidisciplinary artist based both in Italy and UK with a range of experience in art and design disciplines and performing arts.

He started working as a graphic designer and printmaker in 1990 with a particular love for colour woodcut that he is developing for more than 20 years. His works have been exhibited in galleries in Italy, United Kingdom, UE, USA, Japan and Australia.
In 2009 Umberto founded the low environment impact printmaking centre Opificio della rosa – Castle of Montefiore, Italy – where each year are hosted artists internationally.

Umberto's passion for performing arts started in his teens. The love for music and theatre brought him to collaborate as a musician with several international theatre companies.
The band Gli Orsi is the most ambitious musical project.

In 1990 he was a cofounder of the non-profit cultural organization VACA that for more than 20 years is home to artists, filmmakers and writers. VACA has produced many cultural events, exhibitions, books and movies.

In 2013 he has launched, with a group of visual and performing artists, the social-artistic project Ferrocarril, a travel project who involve rural communities to work about the social identity. The first step was two month in Argentina: December 2014 – January 2014.

His practice is complemented with teaching on BA courses in Graphic Design and Printmaking since 1991.
At the moment is Associated Lecturer in Graphic and Communication Design at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London and Visiting Professor at Rome Academy of Fine Arts.