Photograph of Gian Berto Vanni in his studio in the Island of Kythira, Greece, in the late 1990s Large abstract painting with reference to the cosmos. Oil on canvas with gold and silver leaf. Blue and red colors. Title: Constellations Large abstract painting with reference to the cosmos. Oil on canvas. Predominantly brown colors. Title: Power of the Center Horizontal abstract painting with reference to a lansdcape. Oil on canvas with gold leaf. Blue, grey and yellow colors. Title: Landscape on many levels Horizontal abstract painting with reference to a lansdcape. Oil on canvas. Blue, red, white and yellow colors. Title: Mandalya Large horizontal abstract painting on the theme of multiple variation of a form. Mainly blue, red and black colors. Title: Discorso a quattro voci Large horizontal three-dimentional artwork in polyester resin concieved to have abstract films projected on it. Title: 20 M di Variazioni in Poliestere Large horizontal abstract painting with large red sections opposed to parts densly packed with small forms. Mainly red, ochre and blue colors. Title: Marocco sera Photograph of Gian Berto Vanni in his studio in Rome, Italy, in the mid 1970s Horizontal abstract painting with large brushstrokes highlighted strong colors. Oil on canvas. Red yellow colors. Title: Les yeux baissés Large horizontal abstract painting with reference to nature. Mainly white and black colors. Title: Al centro della tempesta Horizontal abstract painting with reference to nature. Mainly white and black colors. Title: Fuga dal paese dei Lestrigoni Horizontal abstract painting with little blue forms floating of a heavy textured red background. Mainly red and blue colors. Title: Finestra sull’ oriente Photograph of Gian Berto Vanni in his studio in Paris, France, in the mid 1950s Horizontal abstract painting with little blue forms floating of a grey background. Mainly grey and blue colors. Title: Discendendo verso il fiume Horizontal abstract painting with reference to a lansdcape. Mainly ochre and blue colors. Title: Inverno Horizontal abstract painting with reference to a sunset in a lansdcape. Mainly ochre and rede colors. Title: Tramonto Horizontal abstract painting with reference to a lansdcape. Mainly yellow, green, and blue colors. Title: Erba sul canale Photograph of Gian Berto Vanni drawing in the street in Rome, Italy, in the late 1940s

OUR MISSION


Our mission is to promote the work and preserve the legacy of one of the world’s most unique abstract painters of the twentieth century. Our aim is to accomplish those goals by preserving the documents and collection of resources related to G.B. Vanni’s work and by supporting the intercultural aspects associated with his art.
By providing an accurate and reliable record of G.B. Vanni's work, which spanned more than seventy years, we seek to promote a deeper appreciation of his artistic sensibility as well as an informed discussion of his many accomplishments.

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Our mission is to promote the work and preserve the legacy of one of the world’s most unique abstract painters of the twentieth century. Our aim is to accomplish those goals by preserving the documents and collection of resources related to G.B. Vanni’s work and by supporting the intercultural aspects associated with his art.
By providing an accurate and reliable record of G.B. Vanni's work, which spanned more than seventy years, we seek to promote a deeper appreciation of his artistic sensibility as well as an informed discussion of his many accomplishments.

The Gian Berto Vanni Art Estate that has curated this site is managed by Ruggero Vanni and Valentina Puccioni.
Ruggero Vanni is the son of the artist, and an artist in his own right. He has been following and assisting his father with managing and cataloging his work throughout his whole life. Since his father passed away, he has been working in preserving his legacy and organizing his art, writing, and documents.
Valentina Puccioni has a Masters in Contemporary Art History from the University of Siena, Italy. She wrote her Master’s Thesis on the life and work of Gian Berto Vanni, supervised by Professor Enrico Crispolti, one of the most prominent art critics of Italian contemporary art. Valentina is the owner/director of Arco Gallery. She represents European and American artists. both modern and contemporary.

While every attempt is made to include accurate and factual information, the Gian Berto Vanni Art Estate is not responsible for the accuracy or inaccuracy of any statements or documents found on this site. This site is not intended to, nor should it be deemed to, create any contractual rights or obligations of any kind. This site provides general guidance and information only, and may be revised, amended, modified or terminated by the Gian Berto Vanni Art Estate at its sole discretion, without notice, at any time.

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GBV ON ART


Our memory stores the emotions and dreams that become the building bricks of my work. They are the essence of what surrounds us, an understanding of the universal rhythms of nature: a tree, a rock, a splash of paint, a procession of ants - they follow the rules of gravity, dynamics, attraction, repulsion - I create images that represent a more intimate way to look at reality - if I follow the universal laws that drive planets, emotions, visions, remembrances reassembled in different ways guided by associations caused by my inner self, different from the original building stone, but intimately connected to them.

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Our memory stores the emotions and dreams that become the building bricks of our work. They are the essence of what surrounds us, an understanding of the universal rhythms of nature: a tree, a rock, a splash of paint, a procession of ants - they follow the rules of gravity, dynamics, attraction, repulsion - we create images that represent a more intimate way to look at reality - if we follow the universal laws that drive planets, emotions, visions, remembrances reassembled in different ways guided by associations caused by our inner self, different from the original building stone, but intimately connected to them.

A painting... to follow your path as though you had been going there before; to climb following your inner compass without even knowing if you have one; to levitate without any mystical help, supported only by the arms of dreams that don’t need sleep to make you understand, to look through things and see other ones behind, and their opposite; and accept that they are not a symbol, but acceptation and denial that you have always known, tearing their veils apart, and every veil is of a different color, and is your mirror at the same time, yours and of the others, for you, for all to understand that nothing has to be understood...

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LIFE AND ART


Gian Berto Vanni was born in Rome, Italy in 1927. He studied with painter-philosopher Alberto Bragaglia in Rome. In 1949 he was awarded a painting scholarship by the Dutch government to study in Amsterdam under the neo-plastic painter Friedrich Vordemberge-Gildewart. In 1952 he was awarded a Fullbright Scholarship to study with artist and historic color theorist Joseph Albers at Yale University in New Haven. In 1954 he worked as a color consultant for a documentary on Pablo Picasso by Luciano Emmer. He lived in Paris in the 50s, in Rome in the 60s. In 1979 Vanni settled in New York City, where he taught at the Cooper Union School of Art from 1984 to 2014. His work has been shown in galleries in the United States, Europe and Japan.

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Gian Berto Vanni was born in Rome, Italy in 1927. He studied with painter-philosopher Alberto Bragaglia in Rome. In 1949 he was awarded a painting scholarship by the Dutch government to study in Amsterdam under the neo-plastic painter Friedrich Vordemberge-Gildewart. In 1952 he was awarded a Fullbright Scholarship to study with artist and historic color theorist Joseph Albers at Yale University in New Haven. In 1954 he worked as a color consultant for a documentary on Pablo Picasso by Luciano Emmer. He lived in Paris in the 50s, in Rome in the 60s. In 1979 Vanni settled in New York City, where he taught at the Cooper Union School of Art from 1984 to 2014. His work has been shown in galleries in the United States, Europe and Japan.

Gian Berto Vanni’s work is characterized by an ambiguity of interpretation expressed through spatial, temporal, formal, and iconological contradictions. For him, these represent a reflection of real life, with realities that are extremely different from each other and which relate to different and yet equally valid systems of logic. Memory is the point of decantation, where past and present coexist, making all sorts of formulations possible.

His canvases express this multiplicity, in their macroscopic and microscopic elements, which are plumbed, dissected and reassembled into metamorphic structures. Agates become amoebas, which merge in an aquatic veil, destined to crack like parched earth. Or there might occur an opposite, generative process, whereby cells are created, like knots in wood, from accidents of the flow, and multiply invading the surrounding fields.

The field itself is often bordered by the presence of a frame as to separate the internal space of the painting from the external space. After having established this boundary, Vanni crosses it with elements from the internal space of the canvas. This intervention negates the frame’s function and overturns its meaning, to express the ambiguity of the painting’s physical limits.

Vanni thus creates situations where it is impossible to complete any logical path. This reveals an underlying subject of many of his works: the non-acceptance of reality as it appears.

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