Born in 1961 in Piscinisco, Italy. Lives and works in Switzerland
In 1861, Courbet published a "manifesto of realism" in the Paris newspaper, "Le Courrier du Dimanche", in which he wrote, "an artist must be as concerned with the modern world and life as with art".
He must have had some premonition about Jo Vanni when he wrote that for it is a striking resumé of exactly the way Vanni feels about and perceives art.
This self-taught, 31-year-old artist loves life, has an innate love for his fellow humans, animals and nature. He is dynamic and, as he considers life a fabulous gift, he believes in living it to the full.
His serene and open-minded philosophy is particularly well-suited to creation and results in high-quality, spirited and attractive works.
Jo Vanni lets his heart rule his head. His aim is not to describe situations but emotions.
He has lived in Australia and Scotland and has memories of long hikes in the wild Highlands and certain wind-swept Australian beaches. His landscapes are thus impregnated with light and shapes.
Deep down, he has kept his exaggerated taste for long walds in the countryside - (rather like the impressionists who abandon their studios to paint out of doors) - during which he draws inspiration.
All of his creations, from the CD-rack called "YOLANDA", which was the first item of his "Post 91" collection inspired by Australian aboriginal art, or the telephone corner table dubbed "Cétacé" and created as a tribute to the dolphins, all his work portrays a clear feeling, an emotion, for life.