Luca Barcellona

Luca Barcellona was born in 1978. He has his own studio in Milan, where he works as a freelance graphic designer and calligrapher. Letters are the main ingredient of his creations. He teaches calligraphy with the Associazione Calligrafica Italiana and holds workshops all around the world. The means of his work is to combine the manual skill of an ancient art such as calligraphy with graffiti and the new languages of modern design and let them coexist in the digital era. In 2003 he founded the collective Rebel Ink, with which he gives life to a live exhibition of calligraphy, writing and illustration. In 2009 he has worked for the National Museum of Zurich, with calligrapher Klaus Peter Schaffel, to realize the faithful reproduction of a big globe dated back to the 1569, using calligraphy with original materials (quill and natural inks). Many of the biggest worldwide brands, from Nike to Absolut, required his lettering among the years, and he released famous logos and book cover designs. As well as taking part to several independent projects, his works appeared in many publications like Letter Arts Review, Juxtapoz, Creative Review and his works are featured on several lettering and graphic design books. In 2010 he produced his own personal clothing brand “Luca Barcellona Gold Series”. In 2012 he published his first monographic book “Take Your Pleasure Seriously” by Lazy Dog press, the publishing house of which he’s a member himself. His works has been featured in collective and personal exhibitions worldwide. He performed with piano player Cesare Picco and karate world champion Dario Marchini in a video and live project called “The efficience of art”. His study into lettering led him to experience from graffiti to classic calligraphy, up to big wallpainting, typography and letterpress printing.

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