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Edward Giobbi


 

Biography

Giobbi's phenomenal and unique art includes large- and small-scale collage and constructions and exquisite gouaches. Throughout any exhibition of Giobbi's, the viewer discover's his deft hand for drawing, wry humor in his juxtapositions and a quiet bravado. Wrote Stanley Kunitz in the introduction for the book Edward Giobbi, Representative Works, 1953-1993: "Edward Giobbi seems to be driven to make something passionate and whole out of broken forms."

And architect Edward Larrabee Barnes wrote in the same book: "Edward Giobbi's work is jarring, arresting, sometimes harsh, never simply decorative. The classic balance, the symmetry, combined with glittering hard-edge technique gives the work a kind of architectural stability. It makes one curious to see what Giobbi, with his historical perspective, his skills and his insights would do with a full-scale commission for a chapel or a tomb."

Giobbi has always worked with found, tattered, unusual textures in his collage work, so when a giant oak tree destroyed a lifetime of work during Hurricane Irene, Giobbi recovered fragments of the ruined art, and transformed his past into the present, creating a whole new collage series. "I feel these 'resurrected collages' are almost like resurrected frescoes from the Renaissance", says Walker. "The surfaces are highly textural, broken and chipped, lovingly recaptured and preserved."

Literature, history and mythology have always been sources for Giobbi's images. The collages reflect the influences Giobbi has incorporated throughout his life: the ancient feelings of the Etruscans and Romans, as well as painters, sculptors and architects of the Renissance and Baroque periods. Giobbi also draws on the influences of Italian Futurism and metaphysical painting including Severini, de Chirico, Morandi, Balla. Writes Susan Edwards, Executive Director of the Katonah Museum of Art for her Edward Giobbi exhibit: "Giobbi is an artist with strong and well-informed opinions...(He is) a polyglot, comfortable reading, speaking, or arguing the fine points of literature, music, cuisine, and art in either English or Italian."

Ed Giobbi has travelled intellectually and physically between Europe and America all his life. As a first generation Italian, Giobbi became deeply influenced by the stories he heard about artists of the Italian Renaissance and the magic and mathematics of their paintings and buildings fascinated him, and he knew from childhood that he would be an artist. The perceptual mysteries of depicting "real" three-dimensional space on a two dimensional surface ..."can seem like a conjurer's trick. This perceptual mystery attracted Giobbi's attention at a young age, just as the inventions of the Italian Futurists, with their appreciation of smells, machines, and syncopation, would fire his imagination several decades later." Mimi Thompson, Katonah Museum of Art, "Edward Giobbi", 2003.

Born in Waterbury, CT in 1926 to a family of ltalian Immigrants, Giobbi now resides in Katonah, NY. Giobbi first came to Provincetown with his friend, fellow art student Varujan Boghosian in 1946. He raised his family in Provincetown every summer through 1980. Following his service in the US Army during World War II, he studied art formally at: Whitney School of Art, NYC (1946); Vesper George School of Arts, Boston (1946/1950); Cape Cod School of Art, Provincetown, MA (1946/1950); The Art Student's League, NYC (1950/55); Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze, Florence, Italy (1951/1954) Ford Foundation Grant (1965); Guggenheim Fellowship (1972/1973) and an Artist in Residence at Dartmouth College (1972). Giobbi is known world-wide not only for his art, but also as a master chef and cookbook author.

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