Giobbi was born to Italian immigrants in Waterbury, CT in 1926. He trained in both New York and Florence, and his aesthetic style reflects the dual influence of having “one foot in American and one foot in Italy.” There are references to Medieval and early Renaissance European art and architecture. He also uses a Mediterranean palette of sunbaked sienna, umber, and ochre. “His colors are gorgeous, so strong and bright,” says Baunok. As a student at The Art Students League in the early 1950s, Giobbi was also nourished and shaped by the New York art scene. He has left an undeniable mark on the history of American Art, with Robert Taylor of The Boston Globe positioning Giobbi, “among the most compelling painters” in the United States.
Giobbi is the recipient of both a Ford Foundation Grant and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His work is in the collections of the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Boston Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, The Hirshhorn Museum, The National Academy of Design, The Tate Gallery in London, and The Whitney Museum of American Art.