Giampaolo Talani was born in 1955, in San Vincenzo (Livorno). After completing the High School of Art in Lucca and in Florence, he graduated at the Florence Academy of Fine Arts, where he was taught by Goffredo Trovarelli. Talani experienced all classical art techniques over his studies before he took to painting, devoting himself also to fresco painting. Talani’s contribution to this art form has sealed his reputation as one of the world’s leading experts on fresco technique. Later on he emerged as a sculptor with a preference for bronze casts, which can be regarded as three-dimensional variants of his favourite painted motifs: the sailor, the departing man, the man who sails the seas, the fish finder, the woman. There have been several important solo exhibitions of his work in prestigious art galleries worldwide since the 1980s and 1990s, and major retrospectives have been carried out in public spaces. However, Talani’s reputation extends far beyond his customer base as well as his personal, artistic work. Placing its works in popular public places, in close contact with people, Talani has given new energy to the so-called public art, as the well-known italian art critic Vittorio Sgarbi labelled it. The emotional impact of such works of art is largely unquestioned and socially shared.