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Gigi Rigamonti was born in Desio (Milan) in 1949. He studied at the Royal College of Arts in London and attended the Department of Economics at Pavia and the Department of Philosophy at the Università Statale of Milan. His study of these different subjects has allowed him to freely explore multiple fields of art: photography, sculpture, painting, and mixed media.
From 1972 to 1982 he worked as a professional photojournalist. At the same time he nurtured a vocation for sculpture, and in 1987 he exhibited at Dalmy’s, in Montreal.
In 1983 he participated in the show on Patafisica, curated by Enrico Baj, at the Palazzo Reale in Milan. In 1989 he exhibited in the Gianni Versace show Un abito per pensare, at the Castello Sforzesco in Milan. In 1992, he held a show at the Golden Gallery in Tokyo. In 2002, he participated, with a solo exhibition, in the first edition of Miami-Basel. The same year he founded ArtandGallery, a multidisciplinary space located in a former opera theatre in the neighborhood of Isola, in Milan. From that moment, Rigamonti conceived of his work as an organism in continuous expansion, moving from painting to the social surroundings. At the beginning of the twenty-first century, he opened Spazio Anfossi in Milan and 1902, an innovative restaurant with a “Simenonesque” atmosphere in the Palazzolo Milanese. The place featured poetry, music, and theatre.
In 2003 he inaugurated Danza, an installation for the cruise ship Costa Mediterranea. In 2005 he exhibited Le Cirque at the Xingfucun Art Center, and in 2006 he participated in Pagine d’artista at the Spazio Anfossi. In Shanghai, in 2007, he displayed Plastica del desiderio, an enormous installation at Times Square, in collaboration with the Italian Chamber of Commerce in China. His collaboration with Times Square is proposed once again over the following two years with two different installations, Il Circo and Il Tango. In 2009 he inaugurated his solo show, Cross Stories, in Milan at Artandgallery. In 2010, he presented 400 never-before-seen works at Times Square in Shanghai. In June 2013 he inaugurated his solo exhibition ‘When semantics became art’ curated by Arturo Schwarz at Galleria Jean Blanchaert in Milan. In September 2013 he participated at exhibition ‘Global Projects – Artists at home and abroad’, Broadway Gallery, NYC. In October 2013 he presented a sculpture entitled ‘Bambino che mangia, anche’, Panama at exhibition ‘LA MOLA, ART Sin Fronteras’ in Panama. In May 2014 he inaugurated his new solo exhibition “The Way Out. L’invisibile nella societa dell’immagine” curated by Manuela Gandini at Galleria Civica in Campione, Italy. In May 2014 takes part at an auction of Contemporary Art Sotheby’s in Palazzo Reale, Milan with his work of 2011.
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