Giovanni Cera was born in a southern region of Italy, graduated in Architecture in 1977, has worked as architect in the University of Florence and has retired in 2012. Winner of two awards in building theory and technique in 1978 and 1981. Illustrator of books about “Engineering” and “Architecture technology”, of scientific and artistic publications and advertisings for technical building products.
Since 2010 he is interested in botanical and nature art. He has transferred his experience as architect and illustrator in his botanical artwork, being as much as possible detailed and scientifically correct. His preferred subjects are spontaneous plants, which he likes to portray according to their natural geographic habitat. He is interested in Mediterranean and Italian Apennine Flora, as well as in studying the geometrical shapes and structures of plants, describing the laws and the ways that regulate their accretion. He is self-taught. Preferred medium is watercolour on paper. He is fellow member of the Society of Botanical Artists (SBA) of England. Awards : Certificate of Botanical Merit” S.B.A. 2017. “Exhibiting excellence award in watercolour” S.B.A. 2021. Personal exhibitions :“Shapes and colours in botanical drawing” 2013 Deutsches Institut Florenz. “Farben der Mediterranen Flora“ Freie Universität Berlin 2013 Germany.“Mugello’s Flora” 2014 San Piero a Sieve. “Botalia, the Seasons of Tuscan Apennine” 2016 Lucca. Collective exhibitions : “Botalia” 2010 and 2015 Lucca Italy. “Illustration of nature” 2015 Naples Italy. “Florarte” 2018 Macerata Italy. “Florentia”
2018 Florence Italy. “Nature illustration contest” 2015, 2018 and 2021 Soc. de Historia Natural. Cadiz Spain. Annual open exhibitions SBA London UK 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020 and 2021. “Florilegium a gathering of flowers” RBGE. 2020 Edinburgh UK. “Illustraciencia” 2022 Madrid Spain. Some of his artworks are in private and public collections.