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Each creation by Gigi Mariani is a microcosm of emotions enclosed in a jewel. Each work tells a story of life, love, suffering, identity and research. It tells at the same time itself and the more general human condition.
Born and raised in the city of Modena in 1957, Mariani began in his youth to seek an instrument of expression for his tumultuous emotions. This is how he discovered informal painting, which allowed him to transfer to canvas all the strength, violence and humanity of his reflections on the world around him.
Painting therefore satisfies Gigi’s most intimate need to express his feelings, but it is not enough, because Gigi Mariani is not only a riot of emotions, but also an extremely precise, methodical and curious personality.
These aspects of his character led him, from his adolescence, to attend the workshop of a master goldsmith from whom he learned the meticulousness of the goldsmith technique.
Painting and goldsmith’s art are therefore the tracks of Gigi Mariani’s road. For many years they run parallel, but without ever touching each other. In 2008, thanks to the teachings of the masters Graziano Visintin and Maria Rosa Franzin, Mariani learns the ancient technique of niello, which will define all his next work. The roads finally merge and amalgamate. Gigi’s traditional goldsmith work is transformed into primitive and sculptural informal forms, in which the niello is the pictorial material on silver and gold canvases.

2020

“Jewellery is not only jewllery”, Putti Gallery, Riga, Latvia.

2019

“Influences”, Thereza Pedrosa gallery, Asolo, Italy.
Sieraad Art Fair“, represented by Thereza Pedrosa gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
“Beyond the Black”, solo exhibition, Hannah Gallery, Barcelona, Spain.
“Beautiful People Live Art”, opening exhibition, Thereza Pedrosa gallery, Asolo, Italy.
“Beijing International Jewelry Art Exhibition 2019”, Beijing, China.
“Connessioni/Connection”, AGC Associazione – ACJ Association, London, UK.
“Gioielli in Fermento”, Galerie La Joaillerie par Mazlo, Paris, France.
“Gioielli in Fermento”, Villa Braghieri, Villa San Giovanni , Piacenza, Italy.
“Influences”, Galerie Benjamin Eck, Munich, Germany.
“Influences Munich”, Oratorio San Rocco, Padua, Italy.
“Li.e.s”, Art’course gallery, Strasbourg, France.

2018

“The Alchemical egg”, Galerie La Joaillerie par Mazlo, Paris, France.
“Short stories”, Art gallery Putti, Riga, Latvia.
“Influences”, Galerie Benjamin Eck, Munich, Germany.
“Gioielli in Fermento”, Villa Braghieri, Villa San Giovanni , Piacenza, Italy.
“Like a rolling Stone”, Museum Reich der Kristalle, Munich, Germany.
Joya Barcelona Art Fair”, Barcelona, Spain.
“Chaos”, Alliages, Munich Jewelry Week, Munich, Germany.
“The Alchemical Egg”, Triple Parade, Shanghai, China.
“Bijoux d’art” , Galerie Orfeo, Luxemburg, Luxemburg.
“Gigi Mariani” solo exhibition, Albert Riedi Gallery, Chur, Swiss.
“Pearl methamorphoses in contemporary jewellery”, Art Gallery Putti, Riga, Latvia.
“Tracce nella Materia”, solo exhibition, Oratorio San Rocco , Padua, Italy.
“Solo”, Albert Riedi Gallery, Chur.

2017

“Gold on the tracks”, solo exhibition, Galerie Isabella Hund, Munich, Germany.

Museo degli Argenti, Palazzo Pitti, Florence, Italy.

Olnick-Spanu Collection, New York, USA.

Fondazione Cominelli, San Felice del Benaco, Italy.

Espace Solidor, Cagnes-sur-Mer, France.

Helen Drutt Collection , USA.

2015

Guest Artist for 2015 Edition of Joya Barcelona Art Fair.
Alliages Choise – The legacy award.

2014

First Prize Joya 2014, Barcelona, Spain.
Selected for the Herbert Hofmann 2015 Award, Schmuck 2015, Munich, Germany.

2013

First prize Cominelli Foundation 2013 Award, San Felice del Benaco, Italy.

2012

Premi Joid’art, Enjoia’t 2012, Barcelona, Spain.

2011

Exhibition Gioielli in fermento, Torre Fornello (PC) / | First prize ONOFF Spazio Aperto Award 150°, Padua, Italy.