Born in Livingston, New Jersey in 1984, Giovanni Forlino moved to Brooklyn at age 17 and obtained a BFA in drawing from Pratt Institute. As Max Gimblett's studio manager for the past ten years, Giovanni has immersed himself in traditional and modern Zen painting. In his own practice Giovanni has moved from ink drawings to fully realized paintings depicting lush colorful scenes of birds, plants and other natural forms. Giovanni has collaborated with many distinguished poets and painters such as John Yau, Lewis Hyde, Alan Loney, Matt Jones and Max Gimblett. Giovanni's work has made its way into numerous private and public collections worldwide, including the Getty Museum and the Guggenheim. Giovanni's studio is located in Gowanus, Brooklyn.
2015, Three-Person Screenprinting Exhibit, AIR (Pittsburgh, PA)
2014-15, Fashion and Art Collaborative Pop-Up Show with Elizabeth Sayner, (New York, NY)
2014, Performance and Exhibition, TED Talks “Infinite Horizons”, (New York, NY)
2014, Exhibitions related to Andy Warhol Museum Artist in Residency/ AIR Pittsburgh Artist in Residency
2013, The Final Frontier, Group Show, 340 Morgan (Brooklyn, NY)
2012, The Fantastic Voyage (Art and Science), Group Show, 3rd Ward (Brooklyn, NY)
2011, Group Show, Pierogi Gallery (Brooklyn, NY)
2011, “Arte Natura”, Limner Gallery, group show (Hudson, NY)
2011, “Beast”, Brooklyn Artist’s Gym (Brooklyn, NY)
2010, Group Show, Whitebox Gallery, (New York, NY)
2010, CHARLATAN Magazine Launch Party, Mainzer Strasse 23 (Berlin, Germany)
2009, WOLF Magazine Launch Party, Mainzer Strasse 23 (Berlin, Germany)
2008, “Awake,” Arts at The InterDependence Project, Group Show (New York, NY)
2015, “ladders” a unique, three-way book collaboration between Artist Max Gimblett, Poet Ryan Hollingshead, and myself. Cool!
2015, "Bruce Lee Magazine" interview and images for an article titled "Art and the Natural-Ninja". Published in Taiwan.
2015 – ongoing, Collaborative art projects with superstars Lewis Hyde, John Yau, Alan Loney, and Max Gimblett.
2014, Lengthy reviews and write-ups by Ada and Finch: “Artists You Should Know: Giovanni Forlino”
2013, “Puppy American: Giovanni Forlino and Matt Jones”, Published by The Atlantic Conference Press, (New York, NY). A published book of 49 collaborative drawings made in one night.
2012, Direct Art Magazine, vol. 18. Magazine features a spread, with an image of my artwork, with my own writing about art and studio practices.
2012, CHARLATAN, Issue #3, curated by Jackie Johns. My drawing is the front, cover image.
2012, MOUNTAIN, Issue #2, curated by Jackie Johns
and WOLF, Issue #1: “Mind Objects: A Phenomenological Inquiry,” curated by Jackie Johns
2015, Ongoing various unique artists’ books, paintings and drawings with MAX GIMBLETT, LEWIS HYDE, JOHN YAU, and ALAN LONEY.
2014-15, Sculpture Collaborations with woodmaster Jim Cooper, and with Gildingmaster Bill Gauthier.
2011-15, Collaborative drawings and printed books with artist MATT JONES through to 2011.
2009, Drawings with artist Max Gimblett featured in Double-Headed Creature Feature, a limited edition series of illustrated poetry books written by John Yau
2008, Member of Performo, NYC based performing arts group