Giovanni Micico (b.1982, Tokyo) lives and works in Florence, Italy. At an early age, he showed an inclination towards art, music and poetry, winning an award for his painting of the cherry blossom at the age of nine, in his native Japan. His lifelong dream was to become a painter so in 2005, he decided to take the path to become a professional. In 2008, he arrived in Italy in Florence to study from the Old Masters studying the mediums used in the Renaissance: egg tempera, Fresco, oil, silverpoint and feathered pen. While deep in his studies, the compositional splendor of Raphael, Titian, and Caravaggio left an impression and he has immersed himself in practicing figurative art studying and teaching for 10 years. He has been an instructor of drawing in the Sacred Art School Firenze since 2013. He graduated from the Russian Academy of Art in Florence in 2014. In Florence, he also went through a conversion to Catholicism, which he considers the greatest gift he has ever received.
Micico specializes in the religious compositions that narrate the profound experience of the Revelation. This personal tone of his work is accompanied with a humanistic value. His “Prodigal Son” with the Jeans was in the Jubilee Church in Carpi, Modena, Italy for the Holy Year of Mercy in 2016. It preserves and renews the classical imagery of the sacred art (The monochromatic version of the same subject is displayed in the St. Vincent College, Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA). His commissioned works include “The Unexpected Feast (St. Francis and the friar)” in Fiesole, Italy. Micico’s naturalistic character ties him with his surroundings; people, still life, and landscapes; all which are subjects he represents in his work. His works are currently displayed in the United States, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, and Japan.