Omar Galliani was born in Montecchio Emilia in 1954, graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna and began working in his hometown, where he still lives and works.
In the seventies he shared the tendencies of the group of Anachronists: in contrast to conceptual art and contemporary multimedia techniques, he recovers the pictorial element as an expressive language and re-proposes classical subjects and iconographies, contaminating them freely.
The experience with the group of the Anachronists remains the focal point of his artistic development. In fact, although Galliani experiments with various techniques, from painting to installations, his research focuses on drawing in pencil and charcoal. The reinterpretation of consolidated traditions in a modern key expresses his desire to identify a poetic and temporal continuity between the past and the present.
The subjects of his works (women, details of bodies, objects) appear as symbols, apparitions, poetic visions that dissolve into the dualism between light and darkness. The decisive line of the pencil is dematerialized in the chiaroscuro: it recalls the great masters of the past expressing the contemporary existential condition.
Galliani currently teaches painting at the Carrara Academy and is considered an internationally renowned artist.