Gianni Caravaggio was born in Rocca San Giovanni (Chieti) in 1968 and grew up in Germany, where his parents moved. He studied philosophy both in Germany and Italy and attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Milan where he graduated in 1994. He is currently Professor of Sculpture at Brera Academy in Milan. In his sculptural work he adopts traditional materials combined, however, with others that are wholly unconventional such as talc, paper or lentils in order to create a new sense of imagination. 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. 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, Andriesse-Eyck in Amsterdam, Tucci Russo in Turin and Torre Pellice and Rolando Anselmi in Berlin and Rome. He has held solo shows at the Centro Arti Visive Pescheria in Pesaro and the Collezione Maramotti in Reggio Emilia in 2008, the Musée d’Art Moderne in Saint Etienne and MaGa in Gallarate in 2014.