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       The art collection of Thomas Diego Armonia is instantly recognisable and fast growing in                          Beginnings Of An Artist
                                                                                                                         Born in the old city of Genoa, Italy,
       popularity with art collectors and novices alike. MillionaireAsia’s Joann Chia meets the artist                   Armonia grew up studying fashion
                                                                                                                         design and subsequently started
       with a taste for opulent beauties, classic oil painting and flakes of gold that glitters.                         specialising in art in Venice. The
                                                                                                                         city of light, he recalled, offered

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                                                                                                                         many opportunities to live “inside
                                                                                                                         of history”, given the city’s many

                                                                                                                         unique and famous ateliers. At that
                                                                                                                         time, he was attracted by the glass
                                                                                                                         works of Murano to which he
                                                                                                                         dedicated his first art exhibit to in
                                                                                                                         1993. However, what truly catapulted
                                                                                                                         him as an international artist was

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                                                                                                                         when his travels opened his horizons
                                                                                                                         to the world. “Through my travels,
                                                                                                                         I understood the richness of the
                                                                                                                         humankind and devoted myself to                                               Thomas Diego Armonia
                                                                                                                         figurative art,” he continues, “When
                                                                                                                         I go back to my atelier, I let time
                                                                                                                         sediment emotions and melt in my
                                                                                                                                                                             When I go back to my atelier, I let time
                                                                                                                         mind. What marks my inspiration is                  sediment emotions and melt in my mind.
                                                                                                                         the panorama, architecture, and above               What marks my inspiration is the panorama,
                                                                                                                         all, the people.”
                                                                                                                                Armonia spent several years
                                                                                                                                                                             architecture, and above all, the people.
                                                                                                                         in the research of what beauty
                                                                                                                         is; mixing emotions and science                   “I am convinced that today                  Presently, the 37-year-old
                                                                                                                         through personal involvements with         we live in a new renaissance time.          artist is also working on including
                                                                                                                         the subjects he painted. Many of his       During the Renaissance, the wealth          real mother of pearls and diamonds
                                                                                                                         collections were named Carnet de           generated by trade and international        directly in his art pieces.
                                                                                                                         voyage, which means trip in French,        commerce had given the opportunity
                                                                                                                         transferring the emotions he felt when     for artists to create and realise eternal   Taking The World By Storm
                                                                                                                         he explored a country into works of        and sublime artworks. Now, within           Armonia’s art pieces are priced from
                                                                                                                         art that are very cosmopolitan and         Asia, China in particular, there is a       S$10,000 onwards and fast gaining in
                                                                                                                         intercultural. He adds that living in      rediscovery of its power and richness       international recognition. “I like the
                                                                                                                         Paris makes the feeling of a “global       both in culture and business.”              heterogeneity and wide appreciation
                                                                                                                         human flow” even stronger.                        The intentional use of only          of my work. Art is universal and
                                                                                                                                The artist also reflects his        black and white oil colours mixed           escapes boundaries, this is the
                                                                                                                         heritage in his art by trying to fashion   with gold leafs has become a                magic of the emotions and luckily,
                                                                                                                         classic art from Italy through a           trademark of Armonia’s works. “Using        all humankind feels the same,” says
                                                                                                                         personal reinterpretation. The opulent     oil colours bring me back to classic        Armonia.
                                                                                                                         women he portrays following the            techniques and it is also an arrogance            In the next few months, he
                                                                                                                         same beauty criteria of Michelangelo       of expecting my works to last at least      will continue to leave his mark
                                                                                                                         and Tiepolo and their languid eyes         500 years,” he quips. The use of gold       with personal exhibitions from
                                                                                                                         are the same as that of Veronese           pays tribute to a material, which           Bruxelles, Düsseldorf, Verona, Paris,
                                                                                                                         and Titian.                                Armonia describes, “seduced the             Hamburg, Bologna, to Shanghai and
                                                                                                                                                                    whole humankind since thousands of          Beijing. However, with so much of
                                                                                                                         The Collection                             years ago”.                                 accomplishment under his belt, this
                                                                                                                         This year, artists celebrate the 500th            Armonia explains that the use        Parisian-based artist with dreams
                                                                                                                         anniversary of the major Italian           of oil colours and application of gold      beyond the canvas is still unsatisfied.
                                                                                                                         Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio.     foils are extremely long and tedious        He concludes, “I am waiting for my
                                                                                                                         As an artist himself, Armonia says,        processes, usually taking several           exhibition at the Louvre!”
                                                                                                                         he feels obliged to pay homage             months to complete depending on
       Above: Ritratto-dama1                                                                                                                                                                                       Thomas Diego Armonia’s debut

                                                                                                                         to the magnificent and luxurious           the quantity of materials used. As
                                                                                                                         splendour of the artistic current.         a general estimation, Armonia says             exhibition was held at the Singapore
                                             or Thomas Diego Armonia,         paintings embellished with gold is         The painting called “The Eight             that for a masterpiece which takes             International Jewellery Fair 2008.
                                        jewellery and art seems to be the     for men, a seductively alluring visual                                                one year to complete, he would have            For more information of his art
                                                                                                                         Wonder of the World: the Woman”,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   collection, please visit
                                        winning combination. His figurative   feast; while for women, it is a tease of   is the masterpiece of Armonia’s            used 25sqm of oil on canvas and over
                                        art pieces of black and white oil     the innate femininity and glamour.         Renaissance collection.                    1000 gold leaf.

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