Bridewell, from the series
Passing Through # London
, 2011.
Woodcut. 65x17,5 cm


Umberto Giovannini is raised in a relationship of deep attraction for the arts, he undertook the study pathway of those who love drawing: art school, degree in graphic design and degree in art history.
But what has contributed most to his love for the world of the printed images, has been spending part of his childhood in the artisan typography of his maternal uncles.
His approach, aged twenty, to printmaking was a natural progression.

From 1991 to 2014, he made about 700 prints, experimenting with different techniques, with a special love for colour woodcut.
The series 'Sequenza Temporale', 'Tarocchi di Sigismondo', 'Mediterraneo', 'Passing Through # London' and 'Fish Eye' has been exhibited in Italy, UE, USA, Japan, Australia.

In 2009 he founded the international printmaking centre Opificio della Rosa (www.opificiodellarosa.org), a low environment impact centre dedicated to the printmaking techniques, from the traditional to the most innovative techniques, with a specialization in letterpress, in the full respect of the environment. The studio is hosted in the medieval castle of Montefiore Conca, Italy.
At the Opificio are organized printmaking workshops in collaboration with international artists and Italian and European University.

As a historian of printmaking, Umberto has been invited to curate numerous monographic exhibitions.
A collection of catalogues were published by VACA (www.vaca.it), a Ravenna based association – of which Giovannini is co-founder – which since 1990 has been involved in publishing, filmmaking, visual arts and the international competition “Books never ever seen”.