Lorenzo di Mauro

Born in 1954 in Italy, Lorenzo begins drawing comics and illustrations.
In 1980 he gets his early publications included a short illustrated story: “Super Pipe“. In 1981 he moves to Rome and joins the Illustrators Association, just born in Italy.

For a couple of years Lorenzo continues to produce comics and illustrations, including his first Pin Up paintings, also beginning his collaboration as freelance illustrator with Italian subsidiaries of the most important international advertising agencies. During the 1980s, the advertising market in Italy offers alluring opportunities of financial reward and professional recognition and soon his time is booked up by these publicity works, painting mostly realistic illustrations.
He also works in publishing, fashion and motion-picture industries. Among other things, Lorenzo collaborates with Peter Greenaway, creating an illustration for the movie “The Belly of an Architect” (1987).

During the 1990s, his rapport with advertising remains quite intense, even if Lorenzo is no longer having so much fun. He works also in multimedia and experiences the creation of a number of interactive CD ROM and Internet animations. Samples of these works are showed at: www.visualshop.it

In 2001, Lorenzo goes back to one of his first passions: the creation of Pin Up paintings. Digital paintings, that is, because at that point he has already replaced his brushes with the graphic tablet.
Lorenzo did begin learning the digital painting since the early 1990s, nevertheless continuing to use acrylic colors, brushes and airbrush as he always has done before. Only after finding the means and the proper manual skill to create with digital media almost all that he was used to do with the natural media, Lorenzo begins using them professionally.
Today, in fact, Lorenzo works mainly in digital, though he sometimes is still using the old tools for traditional illustrations and commissioned works.

Classic Pinup Art has been part of my imagination since always. When I was a boy, in Italy barbers were used to give clients small calendars illustrated with pinups of masters of 50s and 60s. For us children those were first dreams about the female universe, I was dreaming of pinups and trying to draw them.
Later, when working as a freelance illustrator mainly in the advertising industry, in the spare time I did a number of Pinup pieces, using acrylics, brushes and airbrush. During the 1990s, they have been published in some annuals of Italian Illustrator Association.
I consider my pinups like creatures belonging to the realm of imagination, dreamy beauties which do not exist, with long legs, healthy breast, thin hips impossible to find in real life.
So even being inspired by photos, my painting process is never quite copying references. I also am free to develop my work without being forced by photo references, following my own imagination or the brief of client/art director.

Lorenzo di Mauro

You can discover more from this artist via his website, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, Deviant Art and Blogger.

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