Gianni Piacentino


Born in Coazze (Turin)  1945

Studies philosophy at University of Turin   1965-1966

Lectures at the Modern Art Gallery (GAM), Turin  1965-1966

Works as a disc jockey at Piper Club, Turin   1967

First works (combined monochrome canvases and colored stretchers) 1965

First one-man show at Gianenzo Sperone Gallery, Turin   1966

First group show : “Arte Abitabile” ( Gilardi, Piacentino, Pistoletto), Turin   1966

Use of matt metallic paints:   1967

Advisor in a factory that produces special paints  1967-1968

First purchase of large displacement motorcycle (featured in a series that continues today) 1968

First “Arte Povera” show at De’Foscherari Gallery, Bologna  1968

Use of pearl paints  1969

Begins “Vehicles” and “Wings” series  1969

Starts to decorate racing and special motorcycles   1969

Use of pearlescent changing colors paints  1970

First uses the logo “GP”   1970

First one-man show out of Italy : Onnasch Galerie (Lindenstrasse Galerie Haus), Cologne 1970

First works purchased by a Museum : Power Institute of Fine Arts, The University of Sidney, Sidney: 1970-1971

First races as sidecar passenger (750 cc.) in Italy   1971

First one-man show in New York City : O.K.Harris,  1971 

First one-man show in a Museum . Palais des Beaux-Arts, Bruxelles 1972

First large canvas on the Wright Brothers  1972-1973

First races as sidecar passenger (750 cc.) in Europe   1974

Participates in “documenta 6”, Kassel   1977

Lives and works in New York City   1980-1981

Begins to combine canvas with parts of sculpture   1983

Use of Fiberglass and Kevlar    1986

Participates in XLV Venice Biennale, Venice    1993

Retrospective Exhibitions :

    _Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst e V., Bremen, 1981

    _Fondazione Mudima, Milan, 1994

    _Chiostri di San Domenico, Reggio Emilia, 2000

    _Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneve, 2013

­   _Fondazione Prada, Milan, 2015

Designs and update his official website from  1998

Begins work with parts designed with CAD and manufactured with CNC milling machines (CAM)   2003

Use of polished Aluminum Alloy (Anticorodal)   2007

Resumes racing as a sidecar passenger and decorating racing sidecars   2012

His work is represented by Michael Werner Gallery, New York and London  2014-2017

Use of industrial metallic paints on canvas ( same models and colors from 1965 to 1980) 2016

Use of unedited transparent chrome finish on color (same iconic shapes and colors from 1966-19672017

More than 300 Km/h by motorcycle  2020

Paintings on matt satin stainless steel  2021

Lives and works in Turin from 1981


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