Giulia Andreani is an artist from Venice, Italy who lives and works in Paris, France. Andreani specializes in watercolor and acrylic paintings that render portraits and scenery in gray-scale through the application of brusque brushstrokes. The artist’s textured surfaces transform her painted imagery into metaphors of memories and reflections.
Les histoires d’amour finissent mal en général (2011) or Love stories generally end badly, shows Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev checking the time on his watch as the faces and figures of those around him fade away. Love Me Tender (East & West) is a diptych made in 2012 that consists of two panels that portray Henry Kissinger, as the National Security Advisor to the United States, and China’s leader Mao Zedong.
In referencing back to this moment, known as the Détente, Andreani represents the ephemeral moment in political relationships but most of all the hypocrisy and nearly incestuous attitudes of diplomats during the Cold War. Images of official meetings look fake and grotesque, showing big personalities of power flirting with dictators of other countries. Love Me Tender (East & West) shows Communist leaders Nicolae Ceausescu and Mao Zedong visiting in China while, on the other side, Henry Kissinger seems to entertain Augusto Pinochet, the former military dictator of South America. As a stark contrast, Tout va bien (2012) portrays a moment of beach leisure, showing a woman in a swing while umbrellas, trees and buildings appear in the hazy distance.
Giulia Andreani has had two solo shows so far in 2012, Giulia Andreani. Artiste Peintre at the Hotel du Département de l’Eure in Évreux, France and Journal d’une iconophage at the Galerie Premier Regard in Paris during June. The artist’s next solo I shot the dictator will occur in October 2012 at L’Inlassable Galerie during FIAC in Paris. Andreani’s work has appeared in an array of group shows throughout Milan, Montrouge, Berlin, London and Venice. In 2012 Andreani’s work appeared in 57e Salon de Montrouge in Montrouge and was exhibited in consideration for Prix Sciences Po pour l’art contemporain. In 2011 she won the First Prize in Paliss’art, a contemporary painting prize organized by La Source, Gérard Garouste and Eure’s General Council in Évreux, France. In 2018, Giulia Andreani received representation with Galerie Max Hetzler based in Berlin, Paris and London.