Born in Rocca San Giovanni (Chieti) in 1968, Gianni Caravaggio soon moved with his family to Germany. He studied philosophy before moving back to Italy to attend the Academy of Fine Arts in Milan where he is currently professor of sculpture. A student under Luciano Fabro, Caravaggio shares with him a decision to renew the sculptural idiom by adopting traditional materials such as polychrome marble, combined, however, with others that are wholly unconventional such as talc, paper or lentils. His choice of small dimensions for his sculpture, for example, is non-traditional, as is its placement, usually on the ground with no supports.
The diverse materials take on a metaphorical value, the work always alluding, from the very titles, to the creation of new universes of meaning which the observer is invited to share and integrate with their own imagination (Giocami e giocami di nuovo, 1996; Micromondo pisello, 1999; Attendere un nuovo mondo, 2006; Immagine seme, 2010; Sostanza incerta, 2017).
The artist therefore defines his work as “Devices for demiurgical [or creative] actions”. Caravaggio exhibits with galleries such as Kaufmann Repetto in Milan and New York, Paul Andriesse in Amsterdam and Tucci Russo in Turin and Torre Pellice. He has held solo shows at the Centro Arti Visive in Pescheria and the Collezione Maramotti in Reggio Emilia in 2008, the Musée d’Art Moderne in Saint Etienne and MaGa in Gallarate in 2014.