JUAN GATTI

Born in 1950 in Buenos Aires, Gatti used to spend hours sitting next to his mother, a seamstress, leafing through fashion magazines. His passion for fashion brought him to study Visual Arts at the Martín A. Malharro School of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires. He has become one of the most influential graphic designers of his generation.

Always surrounded by fashion, Gatti established a close relationship with the firm Kenzo. Kenzo Takada, the Japanese fashion designer met him in New York in 1979. By then, Gatti was working in a collective project called Hello Again. On several occasions, Gatti and Kenzo coincided in the city´s nightlife circuit, and their relationship became closer, until Kenzo asked him to create a series of prints for his line. This prompted Gatti to travel to Paris with a stopover in Madrid, where he was offered a position he could not refuse: Creative Director of CBS Records Spain. During this period, he worked with the most renowned Spanish music acts of the “movida madrileña”, such as Alaska, Dinarama, the singer Miguel Ríos and Mecano. At the same time, Gatti worked for clients in the fashion world, not just for Spanish brands like Loewe, but also for the French brand Chloé and the German designer Karl Lagerfeld.

He has worked with film directors like Pedro Almodóvar, John Malkovich, Fernando Trueba and a long list of Spanish, American and Latin American filmmakers.

Gatti continued his fashion collaborations with Vogue Italia, and in 1989, Franca Sozzani hired him as Creative Director of the magazine. - He continued to work with fashion houses such as Jesús Del Pozo, Zara, Martine Sitbon and others; this time as photographer.

This somewhat unknown talent has led him to work with photographers like Peter Lindbergh, for whom he also designed numerous exhibitions in Tokyo and several European cities." text by Susana Ramudo.

Furthermore Gatti has a close and ongoing relationship with the Faena Art, a nonprofit organization based in Miami Beach that is a catalyst for site-specific and time-based experiences. In May 2016 Gatti’s Micheangelo’ saw the Faena Hotel Miami Beach completely transformed. Using his tropical ornate style everything from the swimming pool’s mosiac tiles, the Tierra Santa Spa wallpaper and eight captivating murals in the Cathedral hall were transformed by Gatti. Further more in Novemeber Faena Art commissioned Gatti to design a geodesic time capsule dome that will incorporate a film; 360° projections, virtual reality experiences and performances.