Artist’s statement

Artist’s statement

I am passionate about traditional painting and digital technology, and I use both in my art practice.

My goal is to investigate what is happening in terms of visual perception at the interface between analogue and digital worlds, both through my process and subject. In particular, I want to explore the potential that digital, and its incorporation into an artistic process, has to challenge our understanding of our physical environment, by modifying perception and producing a new aesthetic temporal and spatial representation in painting and printmaking.

I am fascinated by how things created freely without physical restrictions in a 3D digital environment can become real things through 3D printing, and my work focuses on the possible ramifications of this artistic process. Even if the subject that I choose to experiment with contains a narrative that I relate to, my primary focus at the moment is the exploration of my personal technique. I am motivated and curious to see where this investigation will lead.

I produce prints that show traces of their digital conceptual origin and 3D printing process. I am exploring alternative ways to use the index to reference the digital virtual 3D space in my art practice. With this intention, I leave the tracing of the 3D printing process in the final artwork. These represent evidence of the typical stepped-like contour layering of the 3D printing process that I would image similar to the trace of fingerprints on paper. At the same time, I am exploring the way to reference the physical process of painting by marking the surface with pencil lines and brush strokes. The final artwork is the combination of the two methods.

Artist resume:

Guido Salimbeni is an Italian artist based in Florence and London. He is a contemporary painter and a 3D modeler who works with oil paints using traditional techniques, combining them with 3D printing technology. Guido is currently attending a Masters of Art in Fine Art at the Middlesex University of London.

He was born in Turin, Italy. He started painting as a teenager, studying under the instruction of artist Ettore Fico (http://www.museofico.it/en/). From his mentor, Guido learned the art of being a good craftsman to become a good painter. Guido recalls the lessons with his master were focused on the correct use of the materials and the organization of the work. He continued his pupilage with Ettore for more than ten years. Following a period of working as the finance director for a gourmet food company in Alba, Italy, Guido retrained as a 3D modeler and animator. He is now painting full time. He has developed his painting style and methods over many years through experimentation and detailed observation and study of artist’s techniques and the galleries throughout Italy and Europe. Recently he has begun to experiment with the incorporation of 3D printed elements modeled by himself.

He attended several fine art workshops and courses, including “Painting in Plein Air” with Marc Dalessio, “Painting the Human Figure like the Old Masters” at the Angel School in Florence and “Painting Portrait in Oil” with Adam Markovic in his Florentine studio. He is currently attending a Masters of Art in Fine Art at the Middlesex University of London.

Guido Salimbeni

69 Albany Road
Stoke On Trent
ST4 6QX     –   UK

E. [email protected]
M. 0044 07342 209843

Interviews

2017 – Ply Gallery London: https://vimeo.com/channels/1236581/214857275#t=29s

2017 – Middlesex University Masters in Fine Art: https://youtu.be/-x4oWUNLGNY?t=1m6s

Testimonials

“Guido Salimbeni is an Italian artist based in Florence. But he is not just any painter. Guido’s skills with the brush are just as good as his skills with modern 3D modeling software, which is why Guido combines traditional oil painting with 3D printing. In this way, the Italian artist has managed to find a truly unique style of art.” I.materialise

“A vibrating quietness. Often the subject of the painting has a psychological meaning of ambiguity, mystery and complexity. The subject, the composition and the brush strokes are organized in a way to create tension in the painting. There is an image of suspension or potential motion of the subject held in place by visual forces that work in opposite directions. These visual forces changes depending on the paintings. Sometimes there is the perception of weight that pushes down against a rigid and centered composition that keeps in place. Sometimes there is a simple perspective interrupted by some unexpected and illogical overlapping elements. Sometime there is the lightness of the subject against the resolute brush strokes.” Private collector

“Visual dynamic: a sense of tension and suspension, ambiguity and mystery. A vibrating perception of a potential pulse in space or emotion, often with a subject and composition that has some level of ambiguity, mystery or complexity. There are some 3d printed elements on top of the canvas, that enhance the visual tension. These subtle 3d printed elements introduce some optical illusions in terms of unclear overlapping, distortion of depth and wider range of lighting values.” Private collector

“It is our pleasure to introduce Italian artist Guido Salimbeni. We are huge fans of Guido’s paintings, he creates work that is distinct and instantly recognizable. His style is unusual and striking, forcing us to look at his subject in a new light. His works are collected worldwide, and would look fantastic in many a setting. He works with oil paints using traditional techniques, combining them with 3D printing technology. Unique in style, Guido’s current work delicately combines elements of conceptual art with both pre-expressionism and post-impressionism; Colours and colour contrasts are key elements in his paintings. ” SiOTT Gallery – London

“Dopo aver visionato le sue opere e aver approfondito sul suo sito il suo percorso artistico,… Abbiamo trovato le sue opere molto interessanti sopratutto la serie dei bird, dove le opere sono risultate molto leggere e allo stesso tempo dal tratto deciso, ci è sembrato che gli uccellini rimanessero sospesi a volare sulla tela.” Wikiarte Art Gallery – Bologna

“While looking at one of contemporary Italian artist Guido Salimbeni’s paintings straight on, one might be inclined to think it was just a regular paint on canvas artwork, and though his pictorial talents might impress, one might simply continue walking past his work. Upon walking past it, however, the perspective of the painting might seem to suddenly change, as though parts of the seemingly 2 dimensional surface are protruding, even coming to life. This optical feat which characterizes much of Salimbeni’s beautiful artworks and which can captivate viewers, was achieved by artfully combining classical painting practices with, you guessed it, innovative 3D printing technologies.” 3ders.org

“La ringrazio davvero di cuore da parte mia e di tutto il board de La Scuola Italiana a Londra per l’incredibile generosità che lei ci ha dimostrato.
La serata e’ andata molto meglio degli anni scorsi e il premio che lei ci ha donato hanno raccolto 1.000 sterline.” Chiara Ghibellini – Gala Committee – Scuola Italiana a Londra

“Guido Salimbeni is an artist from Turin based in Florence. In his works he combines the excellent knowledge of painting techniques, acquired under the guidance of Ettore Fico, with computer knowledge from the digital academy studies in Florence. Then he combines the dense informal matrix brushstrokes to external elements, obtained from 3D prints. These elements capture the viewer’s gaze, guiding his glance within the picture in a pleasant sort of loop. He exhibits his work regularly since 1997 in important exhibitions gradually increasing, participating in national and international fairs and getting the attention of important art critics.” Expart Gallery Bibienna – Italy

Certification

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Press

https://i.materialise.com/blog/painting-and-3d-printing/ April 2016 Press

http://3dprintingindustry.com/2016/04/24/combining-3d-printing-traditional-oil-painting-technique/ 3dprinting industry magazine Apr 2016

http://www.3ders.org/articles/20160416-guido-salimbenis-3d-artworks-bring-traditional-painting-to-life-with-3d-printing.html  April 2016 Press

http://www.arteinvestimenti.it/notizia-ae/guido-salimbeni-arte/ Feb 2016 Press

http://www.siottgallery.com/blog/2016/3/1/new-artist-guido-salimbeni Mar 2016 Interview

http://www.siottgallery.com/interview-2/ – Apr 2016 Interview

HAY festival event – collaboration with Paul St George – May 2015 Press

Premio nazionale Città di Alba – Apr 2005 – Award

Exhibitions

2d and 3d work experience and formation resume

  • 2016 to present: Master of Art in Fine Art at the Middlesex University of London
  • 2017  Artfinder https://www.artfinder.com/guidosalimbeni
  • 2009 to present: producing and selling new artworks at his studio in Florence
  • 2016 New Teacher Center @Coursera – First Year Teaching (Secondary Grades) – Success from the Start – Course Certificate  Grade Achieved: 93,8%
  • 2016 Psychology of Popularity – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Certification @coursera – Grade Achieved: 92,2%
  • 2015 to present: member of GAI 
  • 2015 to present: non profit collaborative team producing a cartoon animated animation short movie called ZOE link to IMDb database
  • 2015 Schoolism.com Characters for Animated Film with Daniel Arriaga, Grade A
  • 2014 to present : Collaboration at the Paul St.George Project : Slow Fiction with Hannah Rothschild, Jessie Burton and Polly Stenham
  • 2014 – Ianimate.net Advanced Character Animation Training Workshop in feature animation “Advanced body mechanics and pantomine acting” with Jim Van Der Keyl
  • 2014 – Ianimate.net Advanced Character Animation Training Workshop in feature animation “Body mechanics ” with Jason Anastas
  • 2013 to present : owner of 3dSmithery.com 3d animation studio www.3dsmithery.net Working with several clients : American Story Channel, 3dPrintus Russia , Frankestein Web Agency , Realmore.it , Carlton Publishing, CC english School, American Softwares Works.
  • 2013 – Video production of a documentary about the history of Jews in Italy – https://youtu.be/dgDInDM6lFY for UCEI (Union Italian Jews Community)
  • 2013 to 2016 : owner of “Watertightmesh”, Online certification service for 3d printing – 3dprintingindustry press blog post
  • June 2013 – Pupeteer Workshop – online rigging workshop with Victor Vinalis
  • June 2011 to present: Freelance 3d artist working mainly through Turbosquid (checkmate certified) and with private clients in the advertising industry. Portfolio available at http://www.turbosquid.com/Search/Index.cfm?keyword=guido.salimbeni&x=9&y=15
  • February 2012 to March 2012: [3d modeling and rigging] collaboration with Diaframma advertising agency
  • January  2012: Puppeteer Lounge online workshop – Ncloth rigging – hair system in Maya for rigging
  • February – March 2012 – Cg Society Workshop – Character Facial Rigging with Judd Simantov
  • June – July 2011 – Cg Society Workshop – Python in Maya with Shaun Friedberg
  • January 2011 – September 2011 – collaboration with ExMachina S.r.l./Deltaframe  and Art curator and critic Lucia Minummo http://www.studiomarangoni.it/lucia-minunno/ – Milan – production of 2 training dvds : “Learn from the Master : Leonardo da Vinci – “la vergine delle rocce”” and “Learn from the Master: Van Gogh – “Iris”” – trailer available at here
  • September – November 2011 – Rigging Dojo online workshop for rigging and scripting in Mel and Python
  • january 2011 – Gnomon Online Course: “Polygone modeling 2” by Kevin Hudson (grade 95,4/100)
  • January – april 2011 – ZbrushWorkshop Masterclass by Ryan Kingslien
  • September 2010 – June 2011: Nemo Digital Academy Florence: Maya, Zbrush and design diploma. Academic transcript available. Specialist courses organized by the academy, including Eric Goldberg 2010, JP Vine 2010, Florian Satzinger 2010, Stephen Silver 2011 and Robin A. Linn 2011
  • March – July 2009 Course: The Art of Caricature with Jason Seiler, Grade A
  • July – October 2009 Course: Character Design by Silver, Grade A+
  • February 2008 to August 2010: Freelance caricaturist, cartoonist, illustrator and character designer, working through Xanadu agency and for private clients. Portfolio www.guidosalimbeni.com
  • 2004-2007 occasional caricaturist for Passone Events
  • 1989- 1999 private student of Turin born artist, Ettore Fico, now deceased.