Gianluca Franzese

About the Artist

Gianluca Franzese in his studio, 2014
Gianluca Franzese in his studio, 2014

Gianluca Franzese is an Italian-born American artist who has lived and worked in San Francisco over the past 14 years. The son of a jewelry maker and a pupil of the old masters of Italian art, he started painting early on, moving through realist, expressive, and narrative styles. With a background in decorative painting, his style has evolved to blend continuous patterns of color with dynamic metal reflections, with meticulous attention to detail and dedication to flawlessness. Each painting plays with the viewer’s perspective, illuminating the spaces in which they reside.

Artist Statement: “This collection reflects my belief that beauty is a process that happens over time, with a focus on underlying patterns and geometries found in nature. The metallic elements in the pieces are sensitive to the temperature of the environment, expressing a particular temperament based on context. This responsive variable means that the work is always unique to the time and place in which it is viewed.

Curriculum Vitae

Gianluca Franzese (b. 1976, Italy)

Education

  1. 1996–2000

    Florence Academy of Art, Florence, Tuscany, Italy
    Certificate in Painting and Sculpture

  2. 1994–1995

    Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, USA
    Fine Arts Major

Museum Exhibitions

  1. Jan 18–Apr 29, 2018

    PERSPECTIVES Works by Gianluca Franzese, Marietta Patricia Leis and Giuseppe Palumbo, Museo Italo Americano, San Francisco, CA

Solo Exhibitions

  1. Jan 2018

    Genetic Code, Cordesa Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA

  2. Sep 2015

    Reflective Radiation, K. Imperial Fine Art, San Francisco, CA

  3. Sep 2012

    Natural Patterns, Fabric8, San Francisco, CA

  4. Mar 2011

    Timeless, Fabric8, San Francisco, CA

Group Exhibitions

  1. Jan 2018

    LA Modern + Contemporary Art Fair, w/ Cordesa Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA

  2. Aug 2017

    Seattle Art Fair, w/ Cordesa Fine Art, Seattle, WA

  3. Jul 2017

    Inner Circle, w/ K. Imperial Fine Art, New York, NY

  4. Mar 2017

    Art On Paper, w/ K. Imperial Fine Art, New York, NY

  5. Dec 2016

    CONTEXT Art Miami, w/ K. Imperial Fine Art, Miami, FL

  6. May–Jun 2016

    Welcome To The Left Coast, Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA

  7. Apr–May 2016

    Art Market, w/ K. Imperial Fine Art, San Francisco, CA

  8. Mar 2016

    Art On Paper, w/ K. Imperial Fine Art, New York, NY

  9. Dec 2015

    CONTEXT Art Miami, w/ K. Imperial Fine Art, Miami, FL

  10. Jul 2015

    Honky Dory, K. Imperial Fine Art, San Francisco, CA

  11. Apr–May 2015

    Art Market, w/ K. Imperial Fine Art, San Francisco, CA

  12. Mar 2015

    Art on Paper, w/ K. Imperial Fine Art, New York, NY

  13. Dec 2014

    Miami Project, w/ K. Imperial Fine Art, Miami, FL

  14. Sep 2013

    Buddy System Invitational, Breeze Block Gallery, Portland, OR

  15. May 2013

    The Fantastic 50, 111 Minna, San Francisco, CA

  16. Dec 2010–Jan 2011

    A Plethora of Enchanted Delights, San Francisco, CA

  17. Feb 2010

    Wonderland, 111 Minna, San Francisco, CA

  18. May–Jun 2010

    Painted Ladies, Fabric8, San Francisco, CA

  19. Apr–May 2008

    What Goes Around, ArtworkSF, San Francisco International Arts Festival
    San Francisco, CA

  20. Jun–Jul 2006

    Kitsch Annuale, World Wide Kitsch, Stavern, Norway

  21. Mar–Apr 2006

    Florence Academy Alumni Show, W.H. Patterson, London, UK

  22. Feb 2006

    Second Annual Alumni Exhibition, Palazzo Corsini, Florence, Italy

  23. Mar–Apr 2006

    Small, Medium and No Large, Chandler Fine Art, San Francisco, CA

  24. Jul 2004

    De Flor o Sangre/ Of Flower or Blood, Project Artaud Theater, San Francisco, CA

  25. Nov–Dec 2003

    Trio: Liala Carlsen, Gianluca Franzese & Miles Mathis
    Weinstein Gallery, San Francisco, CA

  26. Mar–Apr 2003

    Presidio Spring Tour, Presidio Trust, San Francisco, CA

  27. Mar 2002

    Art Expo, 2002, Behr-Thyssen, Ltd., New York, NY

Private Collections

  1. Tiffany & Co., Milan, Italy

Publications

Media

Fabric8 Presents: Gianluca Franzese, by Martha Traer