We know Giovanni as a photographer of women: nudes and clothed portraits of intimate moments. He pays detailed attention to the form of the body, focused on the sexuality of women. His portraits are refreshingly strong and powerful representations of young women. Having graduated from the National School of Visual Arts, UNAM in 2004 and Escuela Activa de Fotografía (Active School of Photography) in 2002, he has received commercial success in the form of large advertising campaigns for companies like AeroMexico, Neutrogena, Crest, and Pepsi to name a few. His work continues to grace the pages of international publications of art and fashion. Currently represented by the NY-based FIFI Projects gallery, he says he is “directing a TV series about teenage girls and how they discover their sexuality.” It might as well be the cherub-faced Gio to get the job done with sensitivity and passion.
Place of Birth: Mexico City
Occupation/Aspiration: Photographer and Artist
When did you move to NYC and why?
At the end of 2008, I started publishing my work in some NY magazines and my art gallery moved to NY from Miami.
Where do you live in the city and why?
Williamsburg, because most of my friends live there, and I think it’s a better place to meet people, more so than Manhattan.
Name a New York moment:
Staten Island Ferry, I always take it when I need some space and time to think.
How do you keep it Mex in the City?
Being around my Mexican friends and eating Mexican food as much as possible.
Share the best piece of advice a close relative or someone dear to you gave you?
“You are not in New York to obtain something from the city, you are in NY to give all you have.”
What's your drink of choice?
Whisky on the rocks.
What's your most valuable possession?
My studio in Mexico City.
Name three songs on your mind right now:
The Big Pink: “Velvet”, This Mortal Coil: “Song of the Siren”, M83: “I Guess I'm Floating”.
What Mexican do you most admire and why?
Carlos Salinas de Gortari, he was the most ambitious and controversial president in modern age Mexico. I admire his vision of power, but not his actions as a Mexican president.
What's an exciting project you've worked on?
HEMBRA, it's an Internet project about the sexual identity of various girls.
Tell us your favorite Mexican expression.
“Te la mamaste!”
Describe a fun or interesting fact about you.
I love 90's dance music, my alias is DJ Internet and I’m a professional, busting out Michael Jackson dance moves.
Feel free to add anything else you'd like included to your profile.
I do not love NY.