Giovanni Manzo

A Neapolitan, Giovanni is a generous and enthusiastic artist who looks toward a modern conception of painting. He is internationally known for his innovative style, harmoniously blending three artistic techniques: photography, graphic design and painting. Photography reveals reality and motion, while graphic arts gives a contemporary and dynamic touch to the image, and oil painting places the entire creation in a romantic light that belongs to the Italian cultural tradition.
Giovanni clearly admits his influences include Impressionism, ‘Tachism’ (or informal art, very popular in the forties and fifties ) and ‘Tonal Impressionism’ (referring to an exhibition organized by the art historian Harry Muir Kurtzworth in 1937). This latter influence is a simplified representation of subjects with a deliberate lack of detail, and using a limited palette with variations of the same colour.
Giovanni enjoys painting cities, urban landscapes and street scenes, revisiting them with a new and colourful point of view. His technique breaks with traditional figuration; his forms are fitted with undefined contours and variegated hues.
When we look closely at his work, a succession of points and lines of an informal nature appears. But if we move away a few meters, then the work takes on its perfect dimension... an innovative way to revisit Impressionism using the tools of graphic arts.
Giovanni’s works are a constantly renewed search for mirrored representations; the oldest streets of Naples in parallel with those of New York, an almost futuristic metropolis by comparison. His secret desire: perhaps to unify the two cities by technical innovation that the artist calls "contemporary impressionism."