I represent my father Giovanni Bruzzi (painter, writer and screenplayer) based in Firenze. Giovanni Bruzzi, in 1986 and 2001 Bruzzi collaborated with Italian director Pupi Avati on the screenplays for the highly successful films "Regalo di Natale" (Christmas Present) - a story about a all-night, high-stakes poker game played on Christmas Eve and its sequel, "La rivincita di Natale" (Christmas Rematch) (see the related link GIOCO D’AZZARDO/CINEMA at www.giovannibruzzi.it
On june 2nd 2006 Giovanni Bruzzi has been appointed Official Chevalier of the Italian Republic (“Cavaliere Ufficiale” della Repubblica Italiana), for artistic merit.
Giovanni Bruzzi, the great grandson of the 19th-century Italian landscape master Stefano Bruzzi, began painting at the age of nine.
The Paris Years
Bruzzi studied under Rodolfo Margheri at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence and had his first personal exhibition at Ottone Rosai's Galleria L'Indiano there. He worked in Paris during the 1960s, where Marc Vaux organized an important exhibition of his work at the Galerie du Foyer des Artistes in Montparnasse. Bruzzi's work from the Paris period includes paintings of his friend, legendary jazz drummer, Kenny Clarke.
The Gambling Years
To support his family during the early years of his artistic career, Bruzzi took jobs in the gambling underworld of Italy - working as a "banker" in the illegal casinos of Rome and Florence. With those years well behind him, Bruzzi is very candid about his early associations with Italy's underworld. His paintings from this period feature colourful portraits of the gamblers, cardsharps and mobsters who befriended him as a young man.
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