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Statement

Throughout his career, Ed Giobbi has found inspiration in Italian art and culture. He has traveled intellectually and physically between Europe and America his whole life. Inspired by the accomplishments of the Etruscans and Romans, as well as the painters, sculptors and architects of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, he also recognizes that Italy gave birth to two of the most influential movements of the early twentieth century — Futurism and metaphysical painting, which inform his personal vocabulary of color, shape and form.

After serving in WWII, Giobbi studied art in Boston and then in Provincetown with painter Henry Hensche. By 1949 he was settled in New York City, where he studied at the Art Students League. Early in his career, he was strongly moved by what he termed "Latin expressionism." Through the writings of Federico Garcia Lorca and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, among other literary and artistic figures, he explored elements of their subject matter in his own work.

The idea of home and sanctuary is a recurring theme in the artist's work, as are rituals — weddings, births, family gatherings, deaths — the inevitabilities of life. Giobbi's interest in Futurism and Cubism is explored through color and composition to evoke a dream-like quality inherent in his personal experiences. His works are explorations for a pure truth, for a reality rendered by linear excursions and experiments through abstraction.