Giuseppe Maraniello was born in 1945 and frequented the city’s Art Institute and Academy of Fine Arts. He moved to Milan in 1971, where he began to work with the gallery run by Luciano Inga-Pin and where, between 1991 and 2003, he taught at the Brera Academy. In the 1970s, his attention was drawn to photography, a medium he gradually abandoned in favour of painting. The 1980s saw him involved in the new ferment of those years, largely focussing on the return of figuration and traditional expressive instruments. Maraniello in part distanced himself from this trend, accompanying his first large monochrome paintings with polymaterical inserts, and above all reclaimed wood and with small sculptures establishing a dialogue with the painted surfaces. His characteristic motif of the double figure of a centaur wrestling with its own rear half became a symbol of duality understood as a constitutive state of the subject. This referencing of myth returns constantly in Maraniello’s work in thematic persistence that we also find in the sculptural work to which he has dedicated himself since the early Eighties. The traditional bronze does not vehicle the idea of classicism and the work in fact stands in space in daring poses, suspended in studied equilibrium thanks to weights and counterweights.
Maraniello has participated in all the exhibitions dedicated to the “New New” by Renato Barilli from the first in 1980; in 1990 he had a solo room at the XLIV Venice Biennale and in the same year exhibited at the Palau de la Virreina in Barcelona, at the Palacio de Cristal in Madrid and the at the Matidenhohe in Darmstadt.
In 1993, the Galleria Civica in Trento and the Galleria d’Arte Moderna – Villa delle Rose in Bologna dedicated a broad anthological exhibition to his work. In 2004, the municipality of Ischia staged a comprehensive retrospective of his work at Torre Guevara, with a permanent installation located in Parco Negombo; in 2009 a major exhibition of monumental sculptures was staged in the Boboli Gardens in Florence while a solo show was held in 2012 at Lorenzelli in Milan. He has exhibited at the Marconi gallery in Milan in 1998, in 2000 and in 2015 on the occasion of another major retrospective show.