Damiano Lapiccirella began his career in London in 1978 and went on to inherit the celebrated antique gallery founded by his father Leonardo in 1959, a focal point for major collectors and international museum curators which continued to occupy its historic premises in Borgo Ognissanti in Florence until 2013.
After studying and working in London, Damiano returned to Italy in 1985 and took up the management of his family business, entering the gallery once again in the most important Italian and international trade fairs and focusing, in particular, on European painting and drawing from the 16th to the early 20th centuries.
Appointed vice-chairman of the Florentine antique dealers in the 1990s, Damiano was a committee member of the Biennale Internazionale dell’Antiquariato di Palazzo Corsini in Florence and a member of the board of the Associazione Antiquari d’Italia, the Italian Antique Dealers’ Association, from 2001 to 2013.
In 2010 he became the first Italian to be invited to take part in the prestigious Salon du Dessin in Paris, where he now shows on a regular basis. He has organised numerous exhibitions in his gallery in Florence, devoted chiefly to early 20th century artists such as Libero Andreotti, Giovanni Colacicchi, Milton Gendel, Thayaht and Ram.
Also in 2010 he founded Antonacci Lapiccirella Fine Art with Francesca Antonacci at no. 54 Via Margutta in Rome. Together, Damiano and Francesca attend the most prestigious international antique fairs such as the TEFAF in Maastricht, the Salon du Dessin in Paris and the Biennale dell’Antiquariato in Palazzo Corsini in Florence, and their work has gone to enrich to such major public collections as the National Gallery in Washington and the Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze, in addition to numerous international private collections.