Born in Auckland and growing up in Turangi, Giovanni Intra was a precocious talent among a generation of ambitious artists that emerged from Auckland University’s Elam School of Fine Arts in the early 1990s. Intra’s conceptual painting is characterised by a fascination with historical surrealism, particularly that of Jacques-Andre Boiffard, and medical philosophy. He was a founding member of Auckland’s Teststrip artist-run space in 1992 with contemporaries Kirsty Cameron, Judy Darragh, merit gröting, Gail Haffern, Denise Kum, Lucy Macdonald and Daniel Malone. In 1996 he was awarded a Fulbright to study critical theory at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He becomes a prominent writer and art critic for word soup journals such as Art and Text, Semiotexte, Artforum and Flash Art. He went on to found the China Art Objects artist-run dealer gallery in Los Angeles’ Chinatown district. His untimely death at the age of 34 cut short a very promising career, leaving behind a very small, but fascinating body of highly informed, internationally orientated art works.