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Guggi's first passion since childhood has been painting. He was a founding member of the cult band Virgin Prunes, notorious for their performative spectaculars on the European underground, where his main contribution was a visual one. He continued to paint throughout his years in the band, and parted company with them in 1984 to dedicate himself solely to painting, and later sculpture, which he first exhibited in the Shafrazi Gallery in New York in 2001. From the early tentative explorations in the mid 1980’s, Guggi, primarily self-taught, has evolved into one of the most accomplished and recognised Irish painters of his generation.

Guggi has exhibited widely since the 1990’s. Solo exhibitions: Chateau La Coste, Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade, Provence (2018); Yoshii Gallery, Paris (2017) and New York (2017, 2016); Kerlin Gallery, Dublin (2013, 2009, 1993, 1990); Accademia Fine Art, Monaco (2012); BePalermitano, Buenos Aires (2012); Freies Museum, Berlin (2011); John Rocha, London (2010); Yoshii Gallery, New York, (2010); Solomon Gallery, Dublin (2005, 2002, 2000); Osborne Samuel Gallery, London (2004) and Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York (2001), 2000 Solomon Gallery, Dublin (2000), Permanent Installation, Clarence Hotel, Dublin (1996/1997), Kerlin Gallery, Dublin (1993,1990).