Guido Borelli was born in 1952, in Caluso (Italy) at the foothills of the Italian Alps. He displayed artistic talent from a very early age and discovered painting when he was 4 years old. Encouraged by his paternal uncle and aunt, who were painters, and by his grandfather, who was a woodcarver and furniture maker, Guido studied at the Accademia Albertina in Turin. At the young age of 13, he won his first painting contest and at 17, he had his first personal exhibit at the Ars Plauda Gallery in Turin, after which he showcased his art around the world: Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Holland, Kenya, Malta, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay.
"Since July 14th, 1977 - says Guido - I paint no less than 10 hours a day. I paint directly on the canvas, using a brush... I use at least 100 brushes of different shapes and measures. I buy them in Italy, Germany, Cambodia, and Chigaco and then I transform them by hand using sepia paper and cutter". His oil colors come from an ancient artisan manufacturer in Tuscany.
Guido’s painting style is influenced by the Italian realistic painters of the beginning of the 1900s, especially the artists Boldini and De Nittis. "I'm - jokes Guido - a 'sembrista' (a seems painter). The realism, that I reproduce on canvas, comes from a real thing that I then transform by painting the memory of it that has remained in my mind. The ability to perform stems from constant exercise and - as I said - I paint 10 hours a day". Guido's oil paintings depict Italian landscapes, homes, and villas of most beloved Italian cities and towns, but also portraits. “I am a true lover of nature - Guido explains - and of everything gentle”.
“During 40 years of paintings - he says - countless things have happened, some more serious than others, all connected to an exhibition or event. Each painting brings to unimaginable outcomes”. As it happened to his painting of a fishing shop that became a Ravensburger puzzle; or one of his stairways with flowers that were chosen to decorate a restaurant in a Fox tv-series ‘Linda From HR’ last year; or his painting of the school ship Amerigo Vespucci which traveled on two cruises and was seen by 2 million people (the painting now hangs in the admiralty at the Maddalena, Sardinia); not to mention the 3-year-long journey which he did between Europe and Africa or the Key of Wilmington (Delaware) that was donated to him for his 15 years of work done in that city.
Today his work is highly acclaimed and he has worldwide collectors, having sold 32,965 oil paintings by the end of 2017.