He studied in Lucca, in that Institute of Fine Arts , in which he had to master Michele Mancini and Pliny Nomellini , but , restless and adventurous spirit , he was trained by himself, on long journeys undertaken on foot, during which no lost no time , making it effective and daring designer , performer guessed sketches depicting preferably the outcasts of humanity, the humble, the children.
He started his career at the Exhibition of Art held in Florence Tuscany in 1902, with a painting purchased by the sculptor Clemente Origo . Since then he participated , with growing success , in all the most important artistic events in Italy and abroad. In 1906 he went to Paris , where he lived and worked , exposing between avant-garde artists and at the Salon of autumn, from which, for a series of works depicting Parisian , he was awarded the title of ” company .”
During the first European war succeeded executed drawings of scenes of war and especially the prisoners drew back , always following his tendency that led him to the representation of the miseries of mankind. And it was the exhibition of the ” Impressions of War ” of 1918, in Milan the Viani was noted and appreciated in his homeland . In 1920 , with the great painting “The blessing of the dead sea ” , currently in the Podesta of Viareggio, he won the prize of the Municipality of Venice.
His works are in many important public and private collections : ” The epidemic ” in the Gallery of Modern Art in Milan with ” Old beggars ,” ” Old spouses ” ; ” Square Giustagnana ” two drawings of war , even in that of Milan ; ” in the trenches ” ; ” sails to the wind ,” ” Austrian Soldier ,” ” Funeral of an anarchist ,” ” Ecce homo ” , “The Camalò ” and ” the whale of the village” , with four tempera : ” the puppets “,” The fallen “,” The child “and” The fisherman “in the Gallery of Modern Art ” Paul and Adele Giannoni “of Novara and other articles in the Gallery of Modern Art of Bologna (drawings) in Gallery Uffizi in Florence.