" Painting is not dead as a matter of fashion, taste, or for whatever other reason, but simply because he has failed the world, with the whole system of values that justified the painting (... )the utopia which created the avant-garde, both political and aesthetic ... "
He was formed in Turin, studying at the Salesian Seminary in Valdocco. For his artistic and intellectual inclinations he went in the Seventies before in Bologna and then to Paris, where he met among others Gilles Deleuze and Jean Baudrillard. In the early Seventies his first works are reproductions of Madonna and holy images, memories distributed in the sanctuaries during the spiritual exercises. Montesano enlarged and revisited them in a postmodern language, referring to the fine tradition of folk painting but also applying conceptual and theoretical meanings. There are several paintings dedicated to Turin and to the memory of his father who worked as "eccentric" in the world of variety: the emblematic picture Torino anno Zero (Turin year zero) in 1989 is the image of the artist child by the hand of dad during a walk. From the late Eighties and the Nineties, Montesano was included in the so-called Medialismo (Medialism) the current dedicated to the revival of neo-pop painting of which he was an absolute precursor. In this context, however, is research was very different, because investigating the history and the past Montesano rereads the crucial and dramatic years of the formation of Europe during the twentieth century, as the artwork Der letzte walzer in Berlin (The last walzer in Berlin) well demonstrates. Beside these there are also images of children sweet, seductive female portraits, vast landscapes of romantic taste, like cityscapes film, which Montesano paints with his unmistakable style neorealist, or rather post-realist. Montesano is also a passionate theater director. His Florian Company, based in Pescara, has presented shows in Paris, Hungary and Italy. In 2002 Montesano has participated in a group exhibition at the art gallery Boxart of Verona with works related to the theme of the seven deadly sins, enjoying considerable success. Between 2006 and 2007 the Department of Culture of the City of Pietrasanta has promoted the 1936 Berlin exhibition, curated by Valerio Dehò in the halls of the Cloister of St. Augustine in Pietrasanta (Lucca). In 2008 he exhibited The Song of Evil at the Galleria Umberto di Marino. In 2010 a great exhibition opens with the latest work of the artist, Gian Marco Montesano, the Phantom of the Opera at the Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art Villa Franceschi of Riccione.