Umberto Giovannini’s practice is driven by his interests in the contemporary, social and environmental, floating world. Giovannini strives to investigate his perceptions of contemporary life by identifying images that resonate with a collective archetypal memory. Making art, for him, is a crucial relation between thinking and a constant craft practice. For the last twenty years printmaking disciplines have become his favorite instrument of investigation. Giovannini’s works – prints, installations, artist books – have been exhibited internationally.
Umberto Giovannini was born in 1969. He grew up in Italy. After his degree in Graphic Communication Design, in 1990, he was a cofounder of the group VACA that was home for more than 20 years to a diverse range of artists, filmmakers and writers. He completed an MA in Art History and started to work as a graphic designer and printmaker. Since 2010 he has lived and worked between Italy and London.
Since the mid-1990s, Giovannini joined his visual art practice with performing arts and music by working in theatre, cinema and as a musician. Those parallel pathways deeply influenced his approach in making and exhibit his works. In the same time the attraction to deeply experience environments far from his ordinary live brought Giovannini to design and realise solo and group projects. From the Mediterraneo project in 2003 to Palagio degli Incanti, public commission in 2007. Between 2010 and 2011 he realised Passing Through # London. The same urban starting point was used for the series Fish-eye in 2012-2013. Ferrocarril 1 2013-2014 took the form of a social journey through Argentina, working with diverse remote communities in search of an identity. Since 2015 Giovannini has been working on the project LINA.
In 2009 Umberto founded the low environmental impact printmaking centre Opificio della Rosa (opificiodellarosa.org), comprising two studios that host and support internationally significant artists to undertake experimental projects.From 2016 he is president of the Renate Herold Czaschka Foundation dedicated to printmaking and artist books (fondazioneczaschka.org).
Since 1991 his practice is complemented with teaching on BA courses in Graphic Design and Printmaking. He is currently Associate Lecturer in Graphic Communication Design at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London and Visiting Professor at Rome Academy of Fine Arts.
Umberto Giovannini lives and works in Italy and London.
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