11 Jan When Art Meets Fashion
When Art Meets Fashion
Gildo Medina lends his artistic abilities to LUISAVIAROMA for Firenze4Ever 12th Edition. The talented artist will capture the essence of LUISAVIAROMA.COM in an exciting artwork that will be created “live” during the 3 days event.
Stay tuned to see the finished piece!
Gildo Medina, the young 35 year old Mexican artist is considered one of the most successful and important illustrators
from around the globe by the world’s leading publisher of Fine Arts, TASCHEN in the last edition “100 illustrators“.
Although Gildo Medina retains from his juvenile inclinations and subsequent international academic record a profound relationship
with figurative art, truly some kind of watermark signature, his artistic journey is undoubtedly a paradigm of joyful
versatility and a playful juxtaposition of techniques and cultural influences. Mexico provided for that ubiquitous surrealist
detachment, Florence for the most demanding technical crafts of tradition, Berlin for some rough boldness, Hong Kong for
a touch of wisdom and more awareness about human complexity, New York for its unique energy, Paris for the countless
shades of sophistication….
The young Gildo Medina began his academic training with the most delicate and strict techniques in drawing and painting,
starting with special studies in visual arts at the Academia de San Carlos (Mexico City 1993). He then graduated in
graphic design at the Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico City 1997), and resumed his education in academic drawing,
attending studies of visual arts at the Accademia delle’Arte, (Florence, 2002). In the wake he fulfilled a postgraduate certificate
in professional studies on photography and design at the prestigious Central Saint Martin’s School of Arts (London
However, circumscribing Gildo Medina to some cursus honorum would be ludicrous: Gildo Medina, the man, cannot be
dissociated from the artist. Together, they result in that very special blend of a magical hand, beautifully trained, and a
character capable of absorbing the mosaic, the noises, the postures of our time, then twisting, shaking, shaping that odd
mixture until it becomes a shared emotion. Gildo Medina’s least talent is certainly not his ability to do so through a wide
range of means, from a sheer pencil to a full-fledged movie.
Among the younger generation of contemporary artists who occupy the emerging world art scene, Gildo Medina’s work is
already widely acknowledged by specialists and professionals, for he subtly blurs the lines between fine arts and design.
Notably, he has received already thirty awards in their different disciplines worldwide.
Medina has since built up his international client base to include Salvatore Ferragamo, Chanel, Moncler, Louis Vuitton,
Maison Fabre, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Prestige HK, Commons&Sense Tokyo, L’Oreal Paris, Lane Crawford, L’Objet,
Palacio de Hierro, Casa Palacio, Pernod Ricard, BETC Euro Luxe Paris, Publicis Conceille Paris, BEING/TBWA Paris,
Nelly Rodi to name a few.
Gildo Medina’s exhibitions include “Neo-Portraits“ Galerie Square’s Paris, Welcome to Reality“ Vice Gallery Mexico,
2011 “Le Miroir de Dionysos” Galerie 13 Jeannette Mariani, Paris in 2010 and Hardcore Gallery at PINTA (Modern
and Contemporary Latin American Art Fair) London in 2010 and 2014 among others.
Although pieces by him are now part of several highly regarded private collections in New York, Mexico, Tokyo, Sydney,
Paris, Berlin, Brussels, alongside works signed by artists as famous as Alechinsky, Combaz, Man Ray or Corneille, Gildo
Medina remains a discreet, almost humble personality, steadily working on new projects. Tirelessly seeking for new paths
to explore, he defines himself neither as a nomad or a rover, but as a man, an eye, a hand in a world in which walls and
borders ineluctably collapse. For most of the time, he works and lives between Paris and Mexico.