MAURIZIO PARRAVICINI

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Maurizio Galimberti (born in Como, 1956) is a critically acclaimed Italian artist who is known for reinventing the “photographic mosaic” in contemporary photography. Using the camera as a medium, Maurizio searches for rhythm and movement within a two dimensional frame. After committing to Polaroid in 1991, he began collaborating with Polaroid Italia and soon became their official testimonial. Maurizio was appointed “Instant Artist” and he devised the Italian Polaroid Collection. By 1992, he was awarded the prestigious Gran Prix Kodak Pubblicità Italia.

Continuing his research with the Polaroid, he reinvented the technique of the “photographic mosaic”, which he initially used for portraits. His first mosaic experiment was conducted in 1989 when he portrayed his son Giorgio. These works had obvious references to the pioneering Bragaglia brothers and the exploration of rhythm and movement. He then proceeded to portray leading figures from the world of cinema, art and culture. His images of faces became so popular and critically acclaimed that he was invited to the Venice Film Festival as official portraitist.

Galimberti’s work attracts interest from people operating in various fields often leading to collaboration on new artistic and creative projects. He has collaborated with FIAT, Kerakoll Design, as well as the Tribeca Film Festival, where he did a number of portrait performances with Lady Gaga, Chuck Close and Robert de Niro. In 2011, Impossible, a new producer of instant film, dedicated a black and white instant film to him: Impossible Maurizio Galimberti Special Edition. Maurizio Galimberti is a visiting professor at the Domus Academy and the Istituto Italiano di Fotografia, Milan. He regularly holds creative photography workshops at the major photography festivals. His works are found in some of the most important photography collections. At present is working on a book featuring the city of Milan, which will be launched to mark the Expo 2015. He now lives and works in Milan.