Thomas Li Vigni is an italo-french digital painter and graphic designer. A graduate in 2006 at “Albe Steiner” Graphic Design School and the “Accademia Albertina di Belle Arti” in Turin (Italy) – Painting adress, degree and master. From 2007 to 2010 he works as Set Designer for Samarcanda Italy.
He has recently participated in the 12th Istanbul Biennial Parallel Event, for which he has showed an anatomic installation at GSF Marmara University. Now specialized in digital painting, Thomas Li Vigni works on computers and prints the rendering on differents supports. The results are originals art works at middle side between painting, photography, graphic design and mode.
‘I approached digital painting when I was about 13. It’s a tool that makes me feel totally unrestricted. When I was a child, I was always drawing and I remember that the first sketches I made were comic strips. At the very beginning, at the age of 6 or 7, I used a binder to collect my drawings and each one of them was a cartoon. Since then, I’ve never stopped. Then I received a graphic tablet for a present and I immediately understood its high-potential and the technical growth that I could eventually get at with it. I first used the tablet to create comics and then , little by little, I moved on to illustrations, then digital graphics and finally digital painting.’
‘My most important tool is the digital tablet, I use a Cintiq 22HD by Wacom. It changes my working method, it’s an incredible tool. But we should however be pointed out that experimenting with digital painting is just like experimenting with traditional painting: be it digital or traditional, with the use of oil or a tablet, does make no difference whatsoever because it’s all about the artist, not the computer. It’s just a tool: you can do whatever you want with it, whatever experimentation, whatever contrast.. You can do anything.
Everything around me is a source of inspiration. Mostly, I paint portaits: they make me feel satisfied like nothing else, because the facial expressions of human beings are countless and keep on telling new stories, over and over again’