Paolo Gheri
Tuscan Landscape Painter

Paolo Gheri was born in Florence in 1940. He now lives in a village in the Sienese countryside. After secondary school, he attended the University of Florence where he obtained a degree in Pedagogy and Psychology, and teaching diplomas in Speech Therapy and Art.

He started drawing and painting from an early age; in 1962 he attended life drawing classes at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence and from 1962 to 1964 he also trained privately under the artist and art tutor Carlo Capezzuoli in Poggibonsi near Siena.

He qualified as a primary schoolteacher, and soon afterwards he became a Headmaster in various Tuscan schools. During his career he held numerous courses for art teachers and for adults interested in painting techniques. He also gave lectures on the ‘reading’ of paintings, and on the Old Masters of Sienese and Florentine schools, as well as on watercolours. He always dedicated himself to the visual arts as a painter, working with many different mediums and techniques: pencil and ink, acrylic, oil, tempera and watercolour.

Following his retirement, he has conducted a number of workshops on the theme ‘Art is good for you’, aimed at younger teachers and tutors of handicapped young adults, as well as other courses on twentieth-century art.
He has published two books on art education and numerous essays, articles and reviews have appeared in learned journals. He still actively contributes to art periodicals.