Digital Neo-Surrealist Favism Visionary of Low Brow Collage and a Fat Italian Bastard.
What is known about Giovanni Forneri.
Forner! (pronounced For near eh!) Italian-born artist currently missing/presumed dead and/or living in an undisclosed location in Canada.
Forener! was born in Rome in 1969. Like many Italian males he was burdened with an excess of personality and a nicotine addiction by age five. Little is known about Forner! except that he has never legally married, he smokes those tiny cigars to excess and he was excommunicated by age nine (a precautionary measure by the Vatican despite the fact Forner! was not Catholic).
Like all visionaries who produce questionable and hideously expensive modern art, Forner! had issues with excessive behavior.
Forner! is extremely reclusive. He refused to be photographed and never allowed interviews. Indeed, his reputed low self-esteem and gender identification issues are evident in his many images of blonde women with large breasts which he labels “self portraits”.
His artistic style is described as “inconsistent”.
Due to a morbid fear of paparazzi and lawsuits and/or his unconfirmed death, Forner! no longer appears in public. His art is exclusively distributed by The “You Don’t Know Paint” gallery owner Minerva Shotz in London.
EARLIEST recorded scandal: During his first public gallery showing, Forener!’s lowbrow masterwork, ‘Michealangelo’s David Reinmagined in Elbow Macaroni’, was destroyed by a sewer flood in the basement gallery where it was being exhibited. The pasta absorbed the foul water and swelled to horrific proportions. The sad sight of a fouled and bloated David resulted in a severe mental breakdown. Forner! left Italy, never to return.
Forner! vigorously denies ever having a llama fetish, but admits he once loaned The Artist formerly Known as Prince a camel in a drug induced haze.
If Forner! is found alive and somewhat mentally stable, the tax departments of various countries and lawyers representing his ex-wives would like to have a word with him.
Various very public breakdowns and brawls (including a rumored spoon fight with A-List celebrity Steve Martin in which Forner! lost his left eye).
FORNER! SPEAKS: “I hate people. I also loathe malls and aspartame. I despise Hollywood culture with a passion that frightens me, but I do like those little dogs that look like Lassie, only smaller. I forget what they call them.”
On his infamous creation “Michelangelo’s David Reimagine in Elbow Macaroni” : “I was drunk and bored, okay?”