After his art studies at the Brera Academy in Milan, his first solo exhibition was organised in 1947 in this same town.Gianni Dova was one of the co-signers of the manifesto ‘Oltre Guernica’ with colleagues Renato Guttuso, Emilio Vedova, Renato Birolli, Ennio Morlotti, Bruno and Giuseppe Cassinari Migneco, considers the work of Pablo Picasso, Guernica, as a symbol of the struggle of artists against the barbarity of war.Later, he joined the Nuclear Painting with Enrico Baj and Sergio Dangelo.
In 1947, the artist joined the Movement Spazialista with Lucio Fontana, Roberto Crippa, Giorgio Kaisserlian, Beniamino Joppolo.He participates, from this period, in numerous international exhibition such as the Venice Biennale, San Paulo, Rome, Milan, Paris. His work was particularly noticed and Gianni Dova received several important prizes. In 1960, he is part of the selection of the Guggenheim prize in New York.
In the late 70s he began to paint landscapes: nature, told through the brilliance of color, now is the absolute protagonist, although increasingly populated by creatures winking and looking at us almost hiding.In 1984 Franco Passoni presents the retrospective exhibition organized at the Press Club of Milan.In 1986 “Puntoelinea” published a monograph entitled “Dova. The memory of time”, in which are repeated important critical texts and quotes the artist.Gianni Dova, died in Pisa on October 14, 1991, leaving his mark on art in graphics, painting, sculpture, ceramics and wall decorations.(galleriazetaeffe.com)