Culture & Art

Dec 1, 2017


As if that could be possible... some would say. The truth is it is possible even though it might seem exaggerated. But that's the definition when you have a work of art that is itself an instrument to perform an art, and you add art to it, turning it even more precious.



That's what Leonardo Frigo does. The Italian artist turns violins into works of art by coloring them in by hand. His violins and cellos are like a book: illustrated biographies and stories.

"The first time I saw a violin was six years old and since then they've always been present in my life", explains the artist born in the small Northern Italy town of Asiago. He, not only learned to play violin and cello, but eight years ago he decided to bring these instruments to another level.

"I'd say it happened by accident. One day when I was trying to fix my violin because of a piece of ink that had popped, I came up with this vision", says Leonardo. And so, he painted his first violin (his own), an activity he maintained over time and has allowed him to become famous around the world with its exhibitions.

His work includes symbols, patterns, and text to represent characters biographies, inspiring stories and even cities. "I like to think that musical instruments can be read as books".

Among the latest themes he worked on violins are a collection dedicated to the seven deadly sins, each one represented in their respective violin, as well as Vivaldi's four seasons.

From January 2017, Leonardo Frigo is immersed in the 'Inferno' project, based on the customization of violins illustrating Dante's Divine Comedy. Each chapter of the Divine Comedy will be represented in a violin or cello, reaching 34.

Leonardo, graduated in art restoration, decorates two types of violins: those who serve as a single sculpture and which are instruments to be played.

The first range, often placed on marble structures or hung on the wall, are priced starting at 1,800 euros, while the second range between 4,000 and 9,000 euros depending on the price of the violin factory. Leonardo himself receives instruments of a manufacturer based in the city of Cremona (Italy).

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