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Giampaolo Talani

Giampaolo Talani: a XXI century Master for Florence

A biography of the artist who has called back the international attention on the artistic modernity of the Tuscan capital

a cura di Editorial Staff, il 28/01/2008

Giampaolo Talani was born in San Vincenzo (Livorno) in 1955. He completed a deep artistic training as he attended firstly the Liceo Artistico, then the Accademia of Belle Arti in Florence, where he was one of Master Goffredo Trovarelli’s favourite students. He staged his first one-man exhibition in 1977, when he still was a student.

One of the few deep experts of the fresco painting technique

He graduated in 1979 with a thesis on James Ensor and participated to the Prize Lubiam of Mantova, reserved to young artists. Among the contemporaries Giampaolo Talani is one of the few deep experts of the fresco painting technique: for this ability he was charged, when he was only 24, with the prestigious commission of frescoing the church of San Vincenzo Ferreri in his hometown.

Received by Pope John Paul II in March 1992

He accomplished this huge work (about 240 sq. yd. of painting) in nine years; he received enthusiastic assessments both from critic and public and new important commissions: for example, the large fresco “The sermon of St. Bernardino” on the external wall of the episcopal building of Massa Marittima (Grosseto), which was presented in Vatican on explicit request of Pope John Paul II, from whom he was received in March 1992.

Then, he staged many one-man exhibitions (like “Stories of the sailor”, “A strong sea wind”, “Salted stories”, “Fish finders”, “Musicians”, “Finisterre-Departures”, “Seashore animals”, “Shadows”) in Italy and abroad (New York, Washington, Paris, Berlin and many others).

The masterpiece of the Florentine train station and the forthcoming anthological exhibition at Palazzo Vecchio

Finally, in 2006, he realized the famous and astonishing fresco “Partenze” (Departures) of the Santa Maria Novella Florentine train station (about 95 sq. yd.), by means of which he managed to call back the international attention on the artistic modernity of Florence. He is actually involved in “Rosa dei Venti” (Wind Rose), an unprecedented anthological exhibition that will be staged in Florence (Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria and the Uffizi Open Gallery) from March to April 2008.
He lives and works in Italy.

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