He was born in Catania (Italy), where he lives and works. After following courses in biology at university level and pursuing artistic studies, he joins the Scuola del Nudo in Catania; in 1980 his passion for art (particularly of the XVI and XVII centuries) leads him to study the technique and study of painting through a careful investigation of Caravaggio, Poussin and Flamish painters such as van Eyck and Brueghel. In the meantime, following his classical education, he deals with Hellenic art with the persuasion that its aesthetic as well as technical perfection are a sufficient means to satisfy his unusual curiosity. By this he is led to cross contemporary painting in order to widen his knowledge and discover his inner dimension by way of a greater reflection on life; in this direction he tries to interpret thought (so many times unutterable) as a means to throw a new light on the fundamental problems, which our mind never fully gets rid of, staging visual blackmails, blackmails of the soul.
His activity as a painter moves from Magritte's example as a thought of rupture with everyday reality in order to get free from it; successivelly he turns to De Chirico as a means to be able to insert a personal spatial and temporal dimension, where it becomes possible to match two seemingly contradictory strata, dream and objective reality, into a kind of absolute reality : a vision strengthened and illuminated, however, with readings and meditations of the works of Platone, Kant, Schopenhauer
Later he is attracted by metaphysical painting, not just because of his stylistic choices, but for the interest expressed by a compositive steadiness. Objects, figures and space itself become powerful masses created by sombre and mellow chromatic volumes in a context where time seems to stop; subjects look suspended between metaphysical influence and neoclassical memories drawn from the past and deprived of time, in an unknown world.
It is the world of endonexo, a word invented by the artist (endon - exo), where gaze is clearly directed towards itself and inside things, but at the same time reveals the wish to make the observer feel the painting closer to his own life, raising from the soul's depths and gradually replacing reason's clear and simple spaces with new dark forces.
Shreds of everyday life are organized into disquieting and mysterious compositions, into perspectively improbable and articulated spaces, enlivened by fragments derived from works of the past, which arise to collective memory, deprived of time in an unknown world; one goes beyond the borders of reality and touches the depths of one's own being, where the border between exterior and interior is trespassed and perspectives are made illusory, showing the world the way it is, limitless.
Decontextualization of the different elements, derived from everyday life and changed into absolute protagonists of unusual scenarios produces irrational restlessness as well as it often stimulates a reflexive rationality. All is known to our eyes and memory, but all seems new through an obliquos swerve of thought which always refers to something else, to something which lies beyond.
In Giovanni Greco.'s works the objects painted do not loose their original meaning, but, becoming adults, warn us that sense and answers to our questions have to be looked for beyond what we actually see and observe in that instant, producing a short circuit, that strictly relates the author's and the observer's thoughts.
A complex brain dialogue reveals the world's reality beyond any filter and any deformation brought about by reality.
It is a perspective relating to existence similar to that of dream, but with the addition of the potentialities of an active and fully aware consciousness. In other words, it is objetuality made ethereal and eternal, obvious made absolute.
MAIN ART EXHIBITS & REVIEWS
1994 Trittico Castello Normanno Paternò
2000 Un mondo senza limiti Vescovado di Caltagirone
2003 Visioni del presente Accademia Federiciana Catania
2009 - Oltre le arcane realtà Museo Emilio Greco Catania
2010 - Seduzioni metafisiche Bluarte
1991 - 5^ Mostra darte Moderna Galleria Le Arti Catania
1992 Collettiva Quattro aspetti dellespressione visiva Acireale
1995 Collettiva Artisti siciliani a confronto- Centro M.Rapisardi Catania
1995 3^ Rassegna darte contemporanea Emilio Greco Palazzo Borsa Catania
1995 3^ Rassegna darte contemporanea R.Guttuso Camera Commercio - Catania
1996 1^ Rassegna darte contemporanea G.Morandi Camera Commercio Catania
1997 1^ Mostra regionale Interforze Palazzo Del Toscano Catania
1998 Medialità espressive e cromatiche Centro darte Minerva- Parma
1999 Rassegna darte Tra realismo ed astrattismo Ex Falegnameria Com.le - Catania
2001 Contaminazioni stilistiche Accademia Federiciana Catania
2001 Arte Mostra Mercato - Livorno
2002 4^ Mostra Mercato Immagina Reggio Emilia
2002 Tra tradizione e innovazione Accademia Federiciana Catania
2003 Nuova arte contemporanea Palazzina Vignali Mantova
2003 Arteinfiera Cremona
2004 8^ Rassegna darte Linguaggi incoercibili Catania
2005 13^ Expo Viviagrigento Palazzo Congressi Agrigento
2005 Triennale darte contemporanea Le Ciminiere - Catania
2006 Rassegna darte Cromie mediterranee Galleria Artelier Milano
2007 7^ Rassegna darte Oscillazioni contemporanee Galleria CentroArteModerna Pisa
2007 18^ Edizione Arte e Motori 2007 Palazzo del Turismo Riccione
2007 - Rassegna darte Arte meeting Galleria Alba Ferrara
2007 - Artexpress Galeria Geraldes da Silva (Oporto) - Portogallo
2007 - II° Encuentro internacionales de arte Palacio Morèllon Madrid - Spagna
2007 - Agrigento Arte Palazzo dei Congressi Agrigento
2007 - Rassegna darte Visioni cromatiche Accademia Federiciana - Catania
2007 Contemporanea Fiera di Forlì Forlì
2007 Mostra Internazionale Itinerante ArtsXworld for Africa
2007 - Rassegna Italiana darte visiva Centro Le Ciminiere - Catania
2008 International Expo Taormina Palazzo Ducale Taormina
2008 La Nuit europèenne des musèes Direction des musèes de France Catania
2008 Rassegna darte 345 SpazioUNO Milano
2008 V Collettiva Biennale di Venezia Galleria TerzoMillennio - Venezia
2009 - Musicart 2009 Galleria Bonbonniere - Sanremo
2009 - Rassegna darte Richiami Visivi Accademia Federiciana Catania
2010 - Internazionale ITALIARTE Villa Gualino - Torino
2010 - Finestra figurativa contemporanea Galleria Ariele Torino
2010 - La nuova figurazione Pinacoteca Civica Imperia