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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Francesco Gillia










Francesco Gillia



Francesco Gillia was born and raised in Monte Porzio Catone in the province of Rome, Italy. After graduating Summa Cum Laude at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma, he moved to Hermosa Beach, California working as product designer for Powerline 6 a strategy, branding and design company.

Three years later Francesco and his brother Marco started Bottega Montana. They designed and manufactured collaboration pieces for: Paul Smith, Obey Giant, DWR, Tretorn, the Showtime House 2010 to decorate the Dexter room. Bottega Montana’s furniture line uses a patent pending joint system and has been featured along with their high-end longboard designs in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, GQ Italy, Dwell, Wallpaper, Outside, Conde' Nast Traveller, El Mundo, Food & Wine and many others. Some of it’s clients include Don Cheadle, Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian.

Despite all the early successes of his design career, Francesco decided to return to his first love - painting. He is currently enrolled in the graduate program at the Montana State University in Bozeman. With a decade of creative experiences on two continents to draw from, his thesis paintings have matured far quicker than he could have hoped.

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