Born in Livingston, New Jersey in 1984, Giovanni Forlino moved to Brooklyn at age 17 and obtained a BFA in drawing from Pratt Institute. As Max Gimblett's studio manager for the next 13 years, Giovanni immersed himself in traditional and modern Zen painting. In his own practice Giovanni has moved from ink drawings to fully realized paintings depicting lush colorful scenes of birds, plants and other natural forms. More recently, he has become focused on interpreting the human head, with particular emphasis on eyes. With his unique draughting style, often combining masterful use of Eastern and Western techniques, as combined with his potent and expressive use of color, this recent body of work has become well recognized and collected worldwide. Giovanni has collaborated with distinguished poets and painters such as John Yau, Lewis Hyde, Alan Loney, Matt Jones and Max Gimblett. His work has been featured in Hyperallergic, as well as Hi-Fructose and Juxtapoz Magazines, among others. Currently he is living and working in London, taking his figurative painting and drawing practice further as well as directing animated films of his unique beings in their world.