In 1975, Gianni Fornaresio moved to Venice to continue his studies, where he met and got to know a group of young artists. Twenty young people, full of hope for the future, who during the summer months they used to sell their art works to tourists and in winter had to figure out how to "survive".
After a while, Gianni Fornaresio joined the "Associated Artists" group with the role of assistant framer and - a short time later - became responsible for running external sales.
In 1977 he returned to Turin and continued his work with the "Associated Artists" organization and was involved in the distribution of "commercial" art works to furniture stores and frame-makers throughout northern Italy.
PRINTS AND ANCIENT BOOKS
In the early eighties, Gianni Fornaresio came into contact with a "scholar" and enthusiast of old prints, who introduces him to this fascinating world. He travelled to France and England and visited various exhibitions to collect various materials.
While "dealing" with antique prints and books, he began to perceive their intrinsic essence and gained considerable iconographic and technical experience and skills, but continued to be involved with contemporary art.
He also became an agent for several graphic publishers and one of the most important is the Marconi Studio in Milan.
THE FIRST ART GALLERY
In the same years, Gianni Fornaresio realized his dream of having his own art gallery in the city center, where he produced modern graphics, antique prints and frames.
THE FIRST EDITIONS
Fornaresio achieved his first edition with Francesco Casorati, a good part of which was sold to the San Paolo Bank in Turin, which used to give as a prize old graphics and prints to its most important clients.
During that period, Fornaresio produced numerous runs of the most popular artists in the Turin area and among them was Ugo Nespolo, with whom he became a very good friend and introduced him to the national market. Meanwhile, during the inaugural exhibition at the Rivoli Museum, he exhibited - among other artists - also Emilio Vedova. An official from the San Paolo Bank, who was impressed and fascinated by the work of art of this important artist, asked Fornaresio if he could have a few more of his works. Vedova, who was normally rather reluctant to market his works, finally agreed.
In 1986 Enrico Baj was produced. In 1987, while participating at the Frankfurt Book Fair, Gianni Fornaresio met Luigi Rimoldi the publisher and dealer of Luigi Veronesi, who asked Fornaresio if he would like to produce a few graphics with the artist. Following Rinoldi's premature death, Paolo Minoli took over the Veronesi consulting business. Minoli, who was an artist and professor of chromatography at Brera Academy, was also the advisor of Bruno Munari and this encounter then led to the production of various works by Veronesi and Munari.
In 1987 Fornaresio Studio moves from the small gallery in the centre to the Docks Dora, which is a large post-industrial structure. Besides the exhibition area, there is also a laboratory where the Nespolo, Del Pezzo and Veronesi "author watches" are produced.
In 1991 Fornaresio Studio, together with various sponsors, creates a folder consisting of five works by Alighiero Boetti.
In 1992 he starts his collaboration with Daniele Fissore and produces numerous graphic works which are greatly appreciated by the public. In the same period, he produces Mondino, Haka, Barovero, Pedretti and Selden.
2000 - 2010
The headquarters of the studio are transferred from the Docks Dora to the current large space located in the center of the city.
In 2001 Gianni Fornaresio starts his collaboration with Piero Guccione.
In 2005 the Fornaresio Studio acquires various portfolios by Egon von Schiele, a magnificent posthumous work carried out by the Austrian publisher Sedler for a major exhibition organized and set up in Japan in 1990.
New editions by Piero Guccione and Janusz Haka
Gianni Fornaresio begins his collaboration with Professor Ugo Nespolo, who gives him the exclusive rights to produce his graphic works, including also their distribution and papers.
In October 2012, Daniele Fissore grants him the exclusive rights to distribute his golf, sea and polo works.
Tutte le edizioni prodotte dal 1985 al 2012 fanno parte dell'archivio Fornaresio.
I cambiamenti economici e artistici non consentono più la produzione di lavori di opere grafiche di alta qualità. Le edizioni prodotte nel corso degli anni sono state realizzate per lo più da Alberto Serighelli, chiaramente il miglior stampatore italiano. Le opere grafiche di Bruno Munari sono state realizzate a Cantù sotto la direzione artistica di Paolo Minoli.
Artisti come: Munari, Vedova, Boetti, Mondino, Guccione, Veronesi, ecc. sono morti e hanno rappresentato il meglio dell'arte italiana degli ultimi decenni.
Molte edizioni sono esaurite, ma nel sito online esiste uno shop per le opere disponibili.
FIERE STUDIO FORNARESIO
1987 - Art Jonction International, Nice, France
1987 - Frankfurter Buchmesse, Frankfurt, Deutschland
1988 - Fiera Internazionale di Arte Contemporanea, Bari, Italia
1989/2010 - Arte Fiera, Bologna, Italia
1989 - Fiac Edition Saga, Paris, France
1998 - Art Multiple Kunstmesse, Düsseldorf, Deutschland
1999 - Kunstmarkt, Düsseldorf, Deutschland
2011/2014 - Art Verona, Italia
EDIZIONI DELLO STUDIO FORNARESIO
1981 - Francesco Casorati
1983 - Ugo Nespolo
1984 - Emilio Vedova
1986 - Enrico Baj
1987 - Luigi Veronsei, Bruno Munari, Otto Hofmann
1987 - Orologi d’autore Ugo Nespolo, Lucio Del Pezzo, Luigi Veronesi
1988 - Gaudaire-Thor
1989 - Aoi Huber
1990 - Aldo Mondino, Italo Bressan, Bruno Donzelli, Anna Valla
1991 - Alighiero Boetti
1992 - Daniele Fissore, Janusz Haka, Antonio Pedretti
1997 - Piero Ruggeri
1997 - 2000 - Ermanno Barovero
2001 - Piero Guccione, Roger Selden
2003 - Luigi Mainolfi
2008 - Piero Guccione
2010 - Ugo Nespolo
2012 - Ugo Nespolo
2014 - Piero Guccione
2016 - Sergio Ragalzi
MOSTRE GALLERIA DELLO STUDIO FORNARESIO
1987 - Andy Warhol
1989 - Bruno Munari, Luigi Veronesi
1992 - Ugo Nespolo
1992 - Alighiero Boetti
1996 - Ermanno Barovero
1997 - Collettiva Aldo Mondino, Bruno Munari, Luigi Veronesi, Daniele Fissore, Antonio Pedretti
1998 - Daniele Fissore
2005 - Roger Selden
2006 - Antonio Carena
2007 - Janusz Haka
2008 - Piero Guccione
2012 - Ugo Nespolo
2016 - Sergio Ragalzi
2021 - Micro-MACRO 70 artisti iraniani
MOSTRE PERSONALI GIANNI FORNARESIO
2014 - “Icons”, Studio Fornaresio, Torino, Italia
2015 - “I loft you”, Onlywood, Torino, Italia
2015 - “Gioconda”, Studio Fornaresio, Torino, Italia
2016 - “Gocce”, Studio Fornaresio, Torino, Italia
2021 - Goconde e Vitruvio Galleria Vista Teheran