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GIOVANNI DECUNTO

(American, b. 1949 - )
ARTIST STATEMENT
"My paintings are my palette for chaos and order to collide. I take the high art and the low art, which is commonplace, and let them battle it out on the canvas. The contemporary issues confronted in the work provoke a response, both emotional and intellectual, and symbolize the struggle towards birth that our society now faces. We are at the beginning. Painting, to me, is the great equalizer. I paint for humanity. I call to arms; the eternal spirit of man, the builder, the organizer and the evolutionary spirit that creates civilizations. I am speaking of that common, human thread that the great thinkers of the past continue to teach to us; the common link which triumphs over adversity, poverty and injustice."
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Driven to paint, Giovanni DeCunto knew at the young age of seven that he would be an artist of such strength and talent that the world would know him. A turbulent childhood, set in the tough streets of Lawrence, did not interfere with Giovanni's ambitions. Living on his own in an abandoned building during his teen years, attending school, and working a full-time Giovanni's grit and determination enabled him to graduate from high school and pursue his dream of attending art school. Upon graduating high school, Giovanni received two art scholarships, the first was to study commercial art at the Vesper George School of Art, and the second was to study fine arts at the Art Institute of Boston.

After a year, Giovanni left the Institute and set up his own studio on Boylston Street, marketing his paintings and fine-tuning his techniques. In 1984, he was offered a full four-year scholarship to Boston University's School of Fine and Applied Arts. After completing BU and turning down Oxford, he accepted an International Fellowship for Renaissance Study at the University of Padua in Italy, a mecca for the Classics masters. He began to receive significant recognition during this time. By the early 90's, Giovanni's robust mode of expression attempted to redefine classical genre by merging impressionism, expressionism and other significant movements. When commissioned by the GOP in 1992 to create a centerpiece entitled "The Spirit of America" for the Republican National Convention, he had already established a relationship with Rex Scouten, Curator of the White House, who introduced him to Very Special Arts in Washington, DC. Giovanni was among six artists chosen for the two-year world tour, "An American Collection." This tour brought his paintings into permanent collections such as The University of Kentucky, The Reusch Collection in Zurich, Switzerland, and The Monarch Club. In 1997, he exhibited at the EUNO Royal Museum in Japan commensurate with a retrospective of Jackson Pollack and Robert Maplethorpe.

A voyeur of the current culture, Giovanni began painting icons in the late 90's such as Gianni Versace, Michael Jordan, Robert DeNiro, Frank Sinatra, JFK Jr. and others. Prominent collectors continue to procure his work and establish his reputation: Reebok World Headquarters, Children's Hospital Boston, Scutter, Clark and Stevens and Ropes and Grey are among this discerning group. Giovanni's work was featured on a two-hour, prime time "Survivor" CBS special, with the cameras rolling in to capture the artist in his studio where he created the painting "Sweet Victory," an inspirational piece of the Boston Red Sox winning the World Series. The piece was bought by one of the stars of the show and presented to her fiancée in front of millions of viewers. Altitudes Magazine, the exclusive Parisian-based publication, recently printed an interview with Giovanni and is the first time the magazine has highlighted an individual artist. In the article, Herve Chandes, Director of the Cartier Foundation, elegantly articulates his impression of Giovanni DeCunto, the artist: "His work is stunning, both in its critical dimension towards contemporary society as well as in the aesthetics he develops."

NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Giovanni has been featured in some of the world's most prestigious art collections, museums and galleries, while collectors include celebrities, dignitaries, heads of state and corporate power-houses. Chosen as one of the top designers from across the world, Giovanni joined forces with Ralph Lauren and Norma Kamali to create a unique denim jacket for Levi Strauss supporting AIDS research. A world-renowned expressionist that grew up in Lawrence, MA, Giovanni was contacted by New Balance and is now a prominent face in New Balance's “Made in America" campaign. In addition, his work was also featured on a two-hour, prime time “Survivor" CBS special. “Sweet Victory," an inspirational piece of the Boston Red Sox winning the World Series, was bought by one of the show's stars and presented to her fiancé during the finale – in front of millions of viewers. In addition, a few of his many accomplishments are listed below: Museum Collections – Washington D.C.'s National Portrait Gallery, The Smithsonian Institute, the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, Italy's Padova City Hall, the George Bush Presidential Library, the Country Hall of Fame, Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Science in Boston Corporate Collections and Exhibitions– Reebok World Headquarters, Children's Hospital Boston, Marriot Hotel Corporate Offices, United Nations in NY, United States Embassy in Hong Kong, Fidelity Investments, Boston Design Center, Boston Symphony Hall, Brooks Brothers Headquarters, Celebrity Marketing Showcase, Gallery on the Fifth in Naples, FL Private Collections – King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Ahmed (Chairman of Dubai), King and Queen Kalakau of Hawaii, Tony Bennett, Shaquille O'Neal, Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Ted Cutler, Lionel Ritchie, Doc Rivers

Museum Collections

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian-Washington, DC
Museum of Fine Arts-Boston, MA
Fogg Art Museum-Cambridge, MAMIT Historical Collection-Cambridge, MA
Padova City Hall-Padua, Italy
George Bush Presidential Library-Houston, TX
Italian American Hall of Fame-Chicago, IL
United States Sports Academy-Daphne, AL

Select Public & Private Collections

Mayor Thomas Menino – Boston, MA
Attina City Hall-Rome, Italy
Bank House Exchange, Inc.-Boston, MA
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute-Tampa, FL
Bass Energy Corporation-Fairlawn, HI
Boston Harbor Hotel-Boston, MA
British Airways-Boston, MA Children's Hospital-Boston, MA
Dunn & Bradstreet Corporate Headquarters-Tampa, FL
Dynamic Machine-Billerica, MA Governor Paul Cellucci-Boston, MA
Hale & Dorr-Boston, MA Incoterm-Boston, MA
Malkin Collection, VP Paine Webber-New York, NY
Marele Bay Rock Resort-Lanai, HI
Marriot Hotel Corporate Offices-Burlington, MA
Massachusetts Company-Boston, MA
Mayor Herman Mann: Rubenovitz Museum-Newton, MA
Michael Zazlow-Star of Guiding Light-New York, NY
Monarch Club-Tampa, FLOld West Church-Boston, MA
Queens City Hospital-Honolulu, HI
Andover Company-Andover, MA
Reebok Corporation – Canton, MA Reich Corp.-Zurich, Switzerland
Ropes and Gray Boston, MA
San Donato City Hall-Rome, Italy
Scudder, Stevens and Clark-Boston, MA
United States Embassy-Hong Kong
University of Kentucky-Lexington, KYVek Land Development Corporation-Marlboro, MA
Vista International Hotels-Washington, DC
J.P. Morgan – Boston, MA Area Nine – Denmark Shaquille O'Neal
Doc Rivers
Lionel Richie
Tom Cruise
Katie Holmes
Tony Bennett
King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz
Sheik Ahmed
Ted Cutler