Filippo Giusti (March 2, 1990) is an Italian painter who has been residing in San Miguel de Allende since 2018. He was born in Livorno, a coastal city in Tuscany, where he began his artistic career as an actor and photographer. It was only after moving to Mexico that he discovered his passion for painting and fully dedicated himself to the visual arts. Despite not having studied drawing or painting in Italy, Filippo turned to the internet and various classical texts to explore different artistic techniques, thus forging a completely personalized path based on his own interests and aesthetic preferences.
Thanks to his innovative Essentialism style, Filippo started to gain recognition, beginning with a network of collectors who discovered him in his studio at Fábrica La Aurora in San Miguel de Allende. Collaboration with the Alfredo Ginocchio Gallery in Mexico City further propelled his career, allowing him to participate in prominent art fairs such as Zona Maco and Context Art Miami. Ultimately, within just 4 years of creating his first painting, he achieved a notable milestone with his first solo exhibition at the Museum of Art in Querétaro in May 2022. The exhibition titled "Essentialism," during which Filippo painted live for a few days of the show, received abundant positive feedback, setting records in terms of attendance and recognition.
"Tonight, we will witness what a young artist, born Italian but adopted by Mexico, has been able to find within brushes and colors. He has not only explored and discovered the sensitivity of the human soul through art but also captured it on canvas, providing us with a window to see beyond mere physical appearance." - Antonio Arelle- Director. MAQRO
His early works leaned towards the surrealist movement before transitioning to commissioned portraits. It was during this period that Giusti realized his desire to portray people in his paintings in a deeper way, going beyond their mere external appearance. After several months of experimentation and study, he began to develop his own style, which he called "Essentialism." In this artistic exploration, the Italian painter posed the question: "If we were colors on the inside and I could see through the skin, what colors would we be?"
Reaching our true names is the challenge undertaken by Filippo. Each portrait is a rebirth, a return to life that liberates our true essence." - Gianni Vinciguerra, Director of IIC MEXICO.