Antonio Girbés manifested a strong artistic interest from a young age, but it was only at the end of the 70´s that he decided to go to Paris to complete his professional training, at the prestigious American School of Photography, then under the direction of Jocelyn Karger, the Art Director of Condé Nast. There he came to know a number of leading artists who were to have an important influence on his work - including Reinhart Wolf, Helmut Newton, Guy Burdin, and Horst P. Horst, for whom he worked as an assistant in 1980. For Real Venice, Girbés uses architectural references from classical Venetian buildings, to create 'mandala' images - meditative symbols striving for unity of the self. This theme is a continuation from his previous project, Forbidden City, photographs of Oriental architectural details of the Forbidden City in China, composed as a 'mandala'. He is a regular contributor to the projects of Ivorypress Art+Books, and has exhibited, among other places, at the Venice Biennial of Architecture and the gallery of Phillips de Pury & Company in New York.
Please click here
to read the text accompanying the work of Antonio Girbes