"Going to Paris constituted the utmost aspiration of when I was a 20 year-old. The dream came true thanks to an uncle who was a sculptor and who already lived there, Gigi Guadagnucci"
Vito Tongiani was born in Matteria, Fiume, on 29 March 1940. His parents were from Massa Carrara. He has lived and worked in Paris, Turin, Massa, Marrakesh and currently lives in Camaiore. He has held numerous solo exhibitions since 1972 in Italy and abroad. Among his many recognitions and expositions: in 1973, he was invited to "Fiorino" in Florence and in 1974 he won the Sperticano prize in Bologna. With his exhibition "Nouvelle subjectivitè", he took part in the Festival d'Automne in Paris in 1976 and in the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels in 1979. In 1981 he participated in the Biennale di Scultura di Carrara, while in 1982 he was invited to take part in the Venice Biennale in the international pavilion. Between 1986 and 1987, on the 2000th anniversary of the foundation of the city of Nimes, he sculpted a bronze and marble fountain together with Martial Raysse.
Between 1989 and 1994 he created five large bronze sculptures for the French Tennis Federation which were located in the Roland Garros Stadium. In 1993 he was invited to take part in the exhibition "Italian Artists for Europe", organized by the Museum of Metz; in the same year, he also participated in the exhibition "De Chirico and post-metaphysic consequences" organized in Paris by Artcurial. In 1994 he was the author of the monument to Puccini in Lucca and in 1996 he was invited to take part in the exhibition in Berlin entitled "The Force of Image: Realism in Europe" and at the Modern Art Museum of Osaka "Italian painting from 1960 to 1980". In 1999 he took part in the Quadriennale di Roma. In 2004, the monumental fountain "Il trionfo di Afrodite" was inaugurated in the historical centre of Massa and in Rome, the Senate of the Republic purchased six works from the artist. In September 2004, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, the President of the Republic, unveiled the monument situated on the Gothic Line in Montignoso, Massa.