Having grown up in in a simple agrarian community, Luigi appreciates the inter-connectivity between humans and nature and refers to himself as a “contadino” or “peasant”. This diffidence masks the natural sophistication of a keen amateur botanist, instinctive gardener and forager, hunter and fisherman.
These experiences equipped him with singular opportunities to observe domesticated and wild animals both subjectively and objectively. On seeing his wirework sculptures it will be clear that his knowledge of animal forms is based on close personal scrutiny: he captures the mood and character of different species and breeds perfectly.
Luigi has an uncanny ability to conceive scale and proportion and relies on this in preference to computer-assisted design. Although educated to a basic level, he nevertheless creates sculptures that exhibit a strong scientific bent in their spatial and three-dimensional appearance. This natural ability to resolve difficult technical challenges of form and materials has become a hallmark of his practice. His designs have a quirky originality and simplicity about them that belies the complexity of the wire working process and the refinement of the journey from concept to design to figurative representation.