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"In all my work there is a kind of common matrix that is childhood, a particular childhood, lived between elements very linked to visionarity. All this has played an important role in the selection of certain things, certain shots, even certain ways of imagining space. A space that is always so far away, like on a stage, on a proscenium. "

(Giosetta Fioroni)



Giosetta Fioroni (Rome, December 24, 1932) is an Italian painter.

Born in Rome in 1932 from a family of artists (the father Mario was a sculptor, the mother marionettist). His grandfather, a pharmacist, loved to surround himself with poets, including the poet Vincenzo Cardarelli.

He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, where he was a pupil of Toti Scialoja. Throughout her artist's journey, the emotional tonality of childhood seems rooted in the very substance of being a woman.

He exhibited at the VII Quadrennial in Rome in 1955. In 1956 he worked as a costume designer for the nascent Italian television. In the same year he began attending the School of Piazza del Popolo with Tano Festa, Mario Schifano and Franco Angeli. He was invited to the XXVIII Biennale di Venezia, where he met Cy Twombly, Emilio Vedova, the writer Germano Lombardi. He attended the artistic environment linked to the La Tartaruga Gallery by Plinio De Martiis in Rome. He spent a period in Paris (between 1958 and 1962). In a personal exhibition in 1961 at the Tartaruga with Umberto Bignardi he began to exhibit canvases made with industrial colors, aluminum and gold, bearing signs, writings, symbols, superimposed and deleted. He attended the Verri group and Group 63. From 1963 he worked with photographs projected onto the canvas. From 1964 it became the stable companion of Goffredo Parise; will remain at his side until 1986, the year of the Venetian writer's death. In 1967 at the Galleria del Naviglio in Milan he exhibited a series of works with faces and female figures on a white background. Revisits works of the past, Botticelli, Carpaccio, Simone Martini. In 1968 he inaugurated the exhibition The Theater of the Turtle exhibitions with an action entitled The optical spy then re-presented at the Rome Quadriennale in 1973. In 1969 he made the first theater, a "toy for adults", painted wooden theater boxes offered to absent children: through a lens you can look inside an assembly of miniaturized objects, almost the search for a lost world. Since 1969 he has approached the world of fairy tales and legend: paintings, boxes and theaters open to the world of personal and collective memory. Collaborations with writers and poets belong to the eighties. In 1990 the National Institute for Graphics of Rome set up an anthology with his works on paper. At the 1993 Venice Biennale, he is present with a personal room and in the same year he starts working with ceramics.

The history of Giosetta Fioroni's works becomes history of worlds, peoples and civilizations. Giosetta, whose work is commonly placed within the Italian Pop Art, unlike Andy Warhol compares two worlds, the society of customs and the fairy tale, the cultural industry and the world of the elves of the earth and the games of childhood. What for Warhol is true for Giosetta is a representation, a show with which to make a loving relationship.