Giovanni Gasparro

Giovanni Gasparro was born in Bari in 1983. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome in 2007 with a thesis in art history on Van Dyck in Rome. His Last Supper painting is exhibited in the film Saturno contro by Ferzan Ozpetek. The first solo exhibition in Paris is in 2009. In 2011, the Arcidiocesis of L'Aquila commissioned him 19 works of art between altar and altarpiece for the Basilica of San Giuseppe Artigiano (XIII sec.), damaged by the earthquake of 2009 , which constitute the largest painting cycle of sacred art made in recent years. In 2012 he made the Anomalia with the Largillière's hat for the Costa Fascinosa, Europe's largest cruise ship, in the Costa Crociere fleet. In 2013 he won the Bioethics Art Competition of UNESCO's Bioethics and Human Rights Chair with Casti connubii, against abortion, inspired by Pope Pius XI's (1930) encyclical, exhibiting in Hong Kong, Houston and Mexico City. The following year, with Quum memoranda - portrait of Pope Pius VII, he won the Pio Alferano Prize and the Excellent Painters - Brazzale Prize. He exhibited at the 54th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, curated by Vittorio Sgarbi and at the National Gallery of Cosenza in comparison with Mattia Preti, the Pinacoteca Nazionale of Bologna, the Real Basilica of Superga in Turin, Palazzo Venezia in Rome , the Alinari Museum of Florence, Castel Sismondo and the Museum of the City of Rimini, the Aurora Casino of Guido Reni at Palazzo Pallavicini-Rospigliosi in Rome, the Pinacoteca of San Severino Marche in comparison with the Pinturicchio, Pinacoteca Corrado Giaquinto of Bari, the Civic Museum of Bassano del Grappa, the Labyrinth of Franco Maria Ricci in Fontanellato and the Grand Palais of Paris. His works are exhibited in important European and American public and private collections as well as in several Italian churches and basilicas including the Insigne Collegiata of Santa Maria di Provenzano in Siena and the church of St. Francis of Assisi in Trani. Many of the exhibitions he attended have enjoyed the patronage of the Presidency of the Italian Republic, the Senate of the Republic, the Chamber of Deputies and numerous Ministries, as well as regional, provincial and municipal institutions.