Giovanni Galli was born in Florence in 1954. He had a secondary school instruction and was employed as a sales representative in his father’s toiletry cosmetics and perfumery business. When his father died Galli worked temporary for the Public Expenditure Department of the city of Florence. From 1993 ha has been living in a mental home and has been attending the Tinaia creative studio. It was here that Giovanni who had never been interested in painting, not to say trained in painting, discovered and committed himself to this practice. He uses both sides of the cardboard to stage women, aircrafts, comics characters, all of which are sexually to become symbols of their author’s sexuality. His work can be found at The Museum of Everything, London.
photo | brut : collection bruno decharme et compagnie, les rencontres d’arles in collaboration with abcd and the american folk art museum (new york), mécanique générale, from july 1st to september 22nd, 2019.
extravaganza, works from the treger saint silvestre collection, oliva creative factory, são joão da madeira, portugal, from april 13th to september 15th, 2019.
bandini dell’arte (group exhibition), halle saint pierre, paris, march 23rd - january 6th, 2013.
photo|brut, collection bruno decharme & compagnie, paris, flammarion ed., abcd and the american folk art museum, 2019.
l'art brut, under the direction of martine lusardy, citadelles & mazenod, paris, 2018.
everything # 4, catalogue d’exposition, londres, the museum of everything, 2011.
sue steward, "art & disability", in raw vision # 73, 2011.
the museum of everything, exhibition catalogue (april 1st – august 29th, 2010, pinacoteca agnelli - turin - italy), milan, electa, 2010.
la tinaia, texts by bianca tosatti, zurich, s. brunner gallery / collection, 2009.
MADmusée collection, 1998-2008, liège, MADmusée, 2008.
merland bénédicte, giovanni galli, "mieux s’envoler, mieux s’expliquer", in the catalogue s'envoyer en l’air, MADmusée ed, 2007.
catalogue ai margini dello sguardo. l’arte irregolare nella collezione menozzi, under the direction of tosatti bianca, biblioteca panizzi and comune di reggio emilia ed., 2007.
la tinaia, author collective, zeta ed., 2007.
animales, under the direction of susi brunner, zurich, s. brunner gallery / collection, 2005.
catalogue outsider art in italia. arte irregolare nei luoghi della cura, under the direction of tosatti bianca, skira ed., 2003.
catalogue scritture in musica : la tinaia e l’art brut, under the direction of azzola maria and conigliello lucilla, polistampa ed., 2003.