GIONATA GESI aka OZMO (1975 – )
Gionata Gesi trained at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence. After a brief period in the world of comics, he devoted himself mainly to painting and writing. Active on the Milan scene since the early 2000s, he is undoubtedly one of the pioneers of Italian Street Art and one of the first to enter the contexts of institutionalized art. Despite his favorite places of expression remain the alternative spaces of the social centers (famous for his monumental interventions at the Leoncavallo of Milan), in 2004, he is present at the Assab One exhibition curated by Roberto Pinto and in 2007, his works is also presented in the collective Street Art Sweet Art at the Pavilion of Contemporary Art. The growing fame also takes him abroad: in Gdansk, Moscow, London. In 2012, he exhibited in the foyer of the Museo del ‘900 in Milan “Il Pre-Giudizio Universale”, an exhibition with his major large-scale installation works contextualized in the setting with an engaging live painting. He has also created an impressive wall painting of 300m on the terrace of the MACRO of Rome. In the following years, important interventions in Italy and in the world followed: Chicago, Miami, Shanghai, New York, Paris, Pisa ans An Francisco. Since 2015, he has been the artistic director of the “Wall in Art” international mural festival in Valle Camonica, famous throughout the world for its prehistoric graffiti, in a suggestive dialogue between rupestrian graffiti and contemporary murals.