Giovanni Dalessi (born 1964 in Eindhoven, Te Netherlands) is a Dutch painter, from a Dutch family with an Italian background. Afer an education in Graphic GIOVANNI Design he studied at Te Royal Academy for Visual Art in ’s-Hertogenbosch, Te Netherlands and graduated in 1991. He had many exhibitions in Te DALESSI Netherlands and abroad. He showed his work in famous Dutch galleries as Te Living Room, Amsterdam and Flatland Gallery, Utrecht.
His work was represented on international art fairs in Amsterdam, Milan, Bologna, Londen, Paris, Cologne and Basel. In 2013 he was elected as Dutch Artist of Te Year. During the spring of 2014 Dalessi worked three months at Te European Ceramic Art Center in ‘s-Hertogenbosch where he started searching to express himself in a three-dimensional way. His most well known activity is oil painting and watercolour, but Dalessi makes also prints, photographs, sculpture and ceramics. His work is represented in museum collections and private collections all over the world.
I wanted to make is for a Madonna, the symbol of motherhood and women in general. I started with a blue coloured background, which is the AND VELVET APPLICATIONS traditional colour for Maria. On this background there are rose branches curling around the body, with rose hips but without thorns. All over the dress there are drops of blood like red coloured teardrops. Tese drops are not depicted as real blood but more like symbols and a decorative pattern. Tey resemble the same form as teardrops and rose petals, and function also as a reference to the Weeping Madonna and the Man of Sorrow.