“Porta di Giobbi” – Edward Giobbi Exhibition
June 20 – July 16, 2023
Chroma Fine Art Gallery is delighted to present a solo exhibition of paintings by the legendary nonagenarian Edward Giobbi. Fitting the characterization of a “Renaissance Man,” Giobbi is an accomplished artist, best-selling cookbook author, winemaker, gardener, and practitioner of martial arts. He is also a long-time Katonah resident.
“I am honored to showcase a carefully selected group of paintings that date from 1953 to the present moment,” explained Rita Baunok, owner of Chroma. The show spans 70 years of prolific production, and includes 3 early works that have never been publicly shown before!
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.
This summer exhibition at Chroma provides a great opportunity to see Giobbi’s museum-worthy paintings at an intimate venue right in downtown Katonah.