Born in 1954 Empoli Italy, he currently lives and works in Florence, Italy.
Massimo Giannoni initiated his artistic experience in the fields of painting, printmaking and watercolor, he has always worked mainly in the media of oil painting exploring all of its’ aspects, landing into a type of figurative painting defined by a particular technique. At first glance his work could be more associated with figurative painting but his technique of using very dense impasto on unprimed linen canvas, gives the work an almost an abstract approach, if viewed at close up. From close, it becomes almost impossible to read a defined image but as the viewer steps back from the artwork, the image becomes more clear and defined.
After the first two first solo exhibitions in Florence (1985, 1987) he moved for a few years in Australia and the United States where he continued the exhibition schedule with a solo exhibition in Sydney (1989) and Chicago (1996 and 1997). His artworks represent two different and contrasting spaces: Interiors of bookshops and Libraries, centers of historic culture where the passage of time is at a still, on the other hand, stock exchange images, where everything moves at a very fast pace, in both, time is an essential symbolic element. It is with these subject matters, that Giannoni’s artworks have been exhibited in the top international Art fairs: Bologna, Milan, Verona, Miami-NY Scope, Zurich, Cologne, Paris-Art Paris.
“Massimo Giannoni seems to have sought a balance between painting material, also laid with considerable thicknesses of pictorial impasto, like that of the last informal, and photographic mimesis, such as the analytical and conceptual imprint of the nineties, like that of Andreas Gursky photographing interiors of department stores and supermarkets, the Milan stock exchange or that of New York or libraries, such as Magliabechiana Uffizi, and museums as well as that of the Observatory of Florence, or libraries full of shelves and book.”