Art & design
Industrial Design, Fine Arts & Set Design
A lifetime of research, interdisciplinarity and eclecticism: from fine arts to industrial design, from set design to interior decoration, from urbanism to landscaping.
To help you understand the eclecticism of Studio Fini Architettura we share with you some biographical notes about its founder, Gianfranco Fini, especially of that part of his life before he moved to the Dominican Republic, which was a turning point in the career of the Studio.
Gianfranco Fini is an architect, a lover of fine arts, drawing and painting.
He was born in Rome in 1939 and after graduating from the School of Fine Arts at the age of 18 he moved to Paris in the early Sixties, where he lived one year and mastered his artistic studies. The period in France was very important for his personal and professional training, offering a broader perspective on the aesthetic issues of the period, while the world was crossed by great cultural, social and political turmoil. When he returned to Rome he met a group of young and promising painters (now worldwide renowned artists), with whom he shared several years of hard work along with his other great passion, Architecture. In fact he eventually joined the faculty of Architecture at "La Sapienza" University in Rome and after a few years of struggling between pragmatists studies and the bohemian life shared with his artist friends, he went through a period of uncertainty, trying to find his own way and experiencing his ability in several artistic fields: from interior decoration to stage design for film and theatre, from industrial design to landscaping and urbanism.
In the fabulous Sixties and Seventies Gianfranco Fini became very interested in industrial design, creating avant-garde furniture for many Italian companies such as Poltronova, Idea and Eurodomus, and appliances, such as a tv set design for Autovox. Among these collaborations we want to mention the one with Italian firm New Lamp, for which he designed a collection of futuristic lamps and light sculptures that have been reviewed by the most important magazines and publications in the industry and are now listed by major international auction houses. The meticulous attention to design issues is still one of the most important elements of Studio Fini's attitude towards Architecture.
In that florid period, thanks to his research on light design and installations, he strongly settled into the world and market of contemporary art, starting to work with important art galleries worldwide, and exhibiting his pieces at the Roman Biennale in 1968 and at the Venice Biennale in 1975.
He also extended his visual experimentation in the field of experimental theatre.
As a scholar, he taught Decoration for several years at the Academy of Fine Arts in L'Aquila.
In 1974 Gianfranco Fini was offered a very good job in Brasil and he moved there with his wife and little daughters. The family happily lived in Sao Paulo for a few years, where he eventually opened his own firm, "Green Line", to develop different urban planning projects; amog these a large residential complex in Tabatinga Lagoa.
Once back in Italy, in 1978, he finally and officially graduated in Architecture and developed his profession worldwide, demonstrating his eclecticism in a variety of fields, including set designing for film and theatre. In that period of his life he started a successful collaboration with Italian sculptor Mario Ceroli, with whom he signed several important Theatre and Opera scenography works such as "Norma", by Vincenzo Bellini, at prestigious Scala Theatre in Milan, "Il Trovatore", by Giuseppe Verdi at the Roman Arena in Verona, and "Tosca", by Giacomo Puccini, at the Opera Theatre in Rome.
Then came the opportunity in the Dominican Republic, which represented a turning point in the career of Studio Fini Architettura, decisively driving the firm in the direction of urban planning and sustainable tourism development. In the meantime, Gianfrano has never stopped drawing and painting, and today he's going through a new stage in his artistic creation.