Born in 1946, lives and works in Rome.
Giovanni Fontana has been active in visual art, architecture, theatre, literature and music, although the major field of his work is in intermedial writing. Fore more than forty years he has been active with multi-code languages. Interested in the relationship between the arts, he comes to a new conception of text and theorizes his "epigenetic poetry". His visual compositions present themselves as real scores, as pre-texts through which to attain a dimension of performance. With regard to the dramatic field, he is active as playwriter and occasionally as director; for theatre he wrote many texts, but he also worked as set designer and musician.
He is interested in electronic arts and audiovisuals and has particularly paid attention to the different aspects and ways of cultural communication.
He has published books and records. During the last thirty years, he has brought his performance to hundreds of festivals in Belgium, Canada, China, France, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, United States, etc.
With his visual poems he has taken part in over six hundred exhibitions around Europe, in America, in Japan and in Australia. His last one-man show is Testi e pre-testi (Fondazione Berardelli, Brescia, 2010 - with an extensive monograph about his artistic work).