Walter Girotto | Realist painter

Walter Girotto

Born under Taurus in a small northern Italian town called Rovigo and it was May 4th when his family moved to Turin (Italy) to seek their fortune. The only things he likes to remember about his town of origin are the branches of the weeping willow in the small garden, two tin soldiers and a picture of a whale, drawn at nursery school when he was 4, under the incredulous gaze of a nun who was unaware that her admiring glance was to decide his life as a painter. In 1985, Girotto took part in his first Art-Expo in New York and, following this auspicious debut in which he sold everything within the first twenty minutes of the opening of the exhibition, he spent the rest of the show apologising for having no other works available. Gratified by that flattering debut, Girotto took part with equal fortune in the next two New York Art-Expos until, in 1987, the meeting with dealer Robert Bane led to the show at the Tamara Bane Gallery in Los Angeles in 1988 and to which, considering its success, the ones in 1989 and 1990 were the natural sequel.