Fausto Gilberti lives and works in Brescia. A painter and illustrator, he studied in Milan at the Academy of Fine Arts in Brera, Milan and has been exhibiting his works since the late 1990s. His images are figures reduced to a minimum: little thin men with huge, wide open eyes which stand out on the white paper, the setting almost always undefined. As an artist he loves drawings as they are created in an intimate way just like writing: music, art history and cinema, combined with ironic reinterpretations of fairy tale characters (L'orco che mangiava i bambini), are constant themes in his works. Winner of the Acacia Award in 2004 and the Cairo Award in 2007, his works have been displayed in over 100 exhibitions, personal as well as collective, in Italy and abroad. He released Rockstars in 2011, a personal history of rock from its beginnings until the present day, re-edited in 2016; between 2014 and 2019, he has created a series of illustrated biographies of some of the greatest artists of the 20th century (Piero Manzoni, Jackson Pollock, Yves Klein, Lucio Fontana, Marcel Duchamp, Yayoi Kusama) and a bizzarre gallery of circus characters full of tenderness entitled Il circo del nano e della donna barbuta (2018). In 2019 he wrote with Davide Longo La montagna pirata.
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