Giovanni Frangi was born in Milan in 1959.
    After his beginnings, marked by the first one-man show in Milan and by the youthful interest for the human figure, Giovanni Frangi’s pictorial language has gradually reached an original  perception of landscape, as a mixture of openings towards abstraction and original tonal visions. In 1996, at the XII Quadrennial Exhibition of Rome, he won the prize of the Chamber of Deputies, which consisted in the preparation of a show, entitled “La fuga di Renzo” (The Renzo’s flight), which was set up in the Sala del Cenacolo of the palace of the Chamber of Deputies itself in Montecitorio. In 1999 the show “Il richiamo della foresta” (The Call of the Wild) at Galleria del Credito Valtellinese in Milan obtained particular evidence: the thirteen paintings there gathered were inspired by life in the woods and were set up in a way which recalled the natural habitat.
    The relation with Galleria dello Scudo was established in 2000 by his solo exhibition “Viaggio in Italia” (Travel through Italy), inspired by images of characteristic places of the suggestive Italian landscape. Nobu at Elba was the title of the exhibition set up in the Great Stable of Villa Menafoglio Litta Panza at Biumo Superiore, in the nearby of Varese, in March 2004. It is made up by merely four great canvases 3 meters high, for a total length of 43 meters. The event gained a particular interest if we consider that Frangi is the first contemporary artist in Italy invited to present a solo show in a place, famous to be a point of reference for the American research from 1950 until nowadays. From 2004 he has realized paintings reproducing real and imaginary landscapes, in which the horizon disappears and the vision from above of a world without skies, dilated like in a wide-angle lens, is the pretext for compositions bordering on the abstract. In the summer of 2008, the Galleria d’Arte Moderna in Udine asked him to exhibit a selection of graphic works inspired by photos shot in the Pasadena Botanic Garden: at the heart of the composition were plants, flowers, and real and I maginary vegetable elements which were to inspire him later to create such works as Heliantus. In 2010 he curated the Divina Wallpaper installation in the Palazzo Credito Bergamasco; this consisted of twelve extremely large panels. He then presented in MART, Rovereto, the large-scale canvas Giardini pubblici, Public Gardens, a subject which inspired the paintings exhibited in the Venice Biennale in the 2011.