(Veroli, 1934 – Rome, 2022)

Giovanni Pizzo was an artist and one of the prominent representatives of arte programmata in Italy.

Giovanni Pizzo attended the Academy of Fine Arts and the French Academy in Rome. He had his first solo exhibition at the La Fontanina Gallery in Syracuse in 1958.

Him and his spouse, Lucia di Luciano, met in 1956 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome and were married in 1959. Together they founded Gruppo 63 in Rome (1963). which included another artistic couple – Lia Drei and Francesco Guerrieri. The group was characterized by artistic research based on logical and mathematical principles that ultimately aimed to unite art, architecture and industrial design. The group exhibited together in Rome, Florence and Livorno and ceased operations in September 1963. Immediately afterwards, di Luciano and Pizzo founded the group Operativo R (1963-1968), which included Franco di Vito and Carlo Carchietti. The group creates a pronounced rigidity by following the precise theoretical principles of the scientific-logical field.

Lucia di Luciano and Giovanni Pizzo were part of the programmed art movement (Arte programmata). Some of the most prominent art critics of the time, such as Giulio Carlo, wrote Argan, Umbro Appolonio, Lea Vergine, Palma Bucarelli, Giancarlo Politi and others about their work.

Giovanni Pizzo was a co-founder of the Spazio Documento cultural association, which has been active since 1981.