Luigi Stornaiolo


Born in Quito on June 9, 1956. Stornaiolo legitimate son of Bruno Miranda, clinical psychologist and journalist, author of the novel "Requiem for a Dinosaur", a volume of short stories and other books, and Angela Franco Pimentel, natives of Naples, and Quito, respectively.

The second of a family of four children. He studied at the Salesian Cardinal Spelman College and lived in the Lamb and the Amazon. In seven years became ill with flu and his father gave him the book "Drawing" to be distracted while in bed. It still keeps the book and believes that reading was the first motivation was to art.

His mother, very good at all kinds of crafts, sewing, knitting, cooking and making friends profiles tiny people, which always caught her attention. His paternal grandmother Anna Miranda Lalama, his widow lived in the house next door, smoking and talking a lot, playing cards and soon took him with her to accompany her, he is also author of a book of poems printed under the title "Laughter and Tears."

From 12 years started doing caricatures of the top athletes of Quito, which his father had published in "El Comercio" and "Latest News" by S /. 5 each.

In 1974 he graduated as Bachelor bear with honor after the football team of his college, successful career as a goalkeeper. Motivated by his father joined the faculty of architecture, not knowing that it worked an Art, studied three years without much enthusiasm and learned concepts of design, technical drawing and other related techniques. In 1977 he left college and traveled to visit their uncles, the Stornaiolo in Naples. It was a time of intense experiences, went to museums, admired the paintings of the great masters and formed an idea of what I really wanted to be in life. Herná n Rodríguez Castelo has opined that it was on that trip that "discovered the possibilities of the big picture, assuming even dimly, what would be his style, with the passage of time."

On his return got on the back of his house with his friends Roberto Valdez and Frank Beleó n, a small toy factory cork craft, which they called "Napablaza." The ideas were his own, went very beautiful, but ultimately failed for lack of business experience.

In 1978, Witt met Nelly Vorbeck, who inspired great affection. Since then he began to paint and now there are about forty paintings by her, who has in his home.

In 1979 he lived from the sale of charcoal portraits, attending shows, ejercitábase in the drawing, for what was always particularly easy.

In April 1980 he exhibited for the first time and succeeded. Gallery "Art Club" showed his drawings ironic in a lucid and almost photographic realism in detail, to the point that the critic Alvaro Ferrer Paredes dared to wish him one of the top positions in the new national art; months later she in Gallery "Sosa Larrea," owned by Jorge Sosa, a number of chalk or pastels, also with success and critical favor.

That year he married his daughter was born Nelly and Anna Silvia.

On January 81 moved to a small prefabricated house in the neighborhood Dammert, made portraits charging S /. 10,000 each and the sale of the house, for February 82, traveled to Europe with his family.

First came to Amsterdam, saw museums and went to London. He made several copies of famous paintings with permission, which sold quickly. Then followed Madrid, admiring Goya, feasting on Velasquez, Murillo and also in the Bosco, whom he already knew from his previous trip and art studio. Equally impressed with the Flemish school of the XV and XVI. They were in Florence where he could prove the high quality of the portrait street, all highly trained, finally visited Rome and Naples. The journey lasted three months and put him back in touch with old school and contemporary painters like Salvador Dali, who imitate his style fabrics surreal as unusual as "Fly."

Back in August, he moved to the Middle of the World, to paint the desert's edge, in contact with the aridity of the area and the beauty of the mountains remain seven years, maturing.

In 1983 he exhibited at the Colegio de Arquitectos large realistic oil paintings of temptation came at a price that had no future. "Cosa minor aberrant expression contemporary with hints of caricature."

In 1984 he exhibited at the Gallery "Mark and Art" Abdullah Arellano. 85 formed with his painter friends Byron Richardson, John Reece, Mauricio and Mario Cobo León, San Pascual group, search and work. He scultopintura for three months and presented in a vacuum local and Republic Avenue Almagro, but eventually disbanded.

In 1986 he was consecrating his year by winning the first prize in caricature in the Municipal Hall of Quito and the Third Prize in Tempera. He also studied etching at the Graphic Workshop of Prof. Luciano Carlos Rosero and Mogollon located on October 9th and Washington and learned Colombian Wood Engraving with Professor Carlos Neira.

In December was selected among twenty other artists hundred and eighty, to represent Ecuador at the First International Biennial of Cuenca.

In April 1987 he exhibited at "Gallery Larrazabal" Eudoxia Estrella and a week later, at the opening of the Biennale, it was revealed "a confident style and a rich and vigorous expression, which recovers with contemporary sense, many old lines up of venerable antiquity."

Castelo Rodriguez said it was a set of great unity, displaying wisdom of office, all presided over by a very contemporary irony nervously and detail painting.

That year sent six large canvases to the Sao Paulo Biennial with "strong painting, gestural, that conflicts and tension plastics with detailed drawings and with the grotesque caricature."

In June 1988 he exhibited at the store with his wife, called "New Gallery", their new website, displaying "violent strokes, subject thread vehement scrapings, or do monstrous faces emerge from a flurry of spots, sometimes highly textured . exasperation formal but dislocated worldview. " In December he was again another fifteen artists selected to represent Ecuador at the Second International Biennial of Cuenca, with four works.

In May 1989 at the Salon Nacional Mariano Aguilera, Quito and won first prize for his "making a clean sweep upstart sheaves II," part of a series of four large oil paintings. In September he opened an exhibition at the Gallery "Richard Florsheim" of Guayaquil, with other fabrics, but always presenting "the human coven brushstrokes, smudges and drips. A world Goya in short, but with the nonchalance of a contemporary visual language."

In "Who does not eat rice does not deserve life," oil of nearly two meters high by two long, Diners chosen by the magazine to brighten your home page, "the tension between human groups drawn-and violence-color neoexpressionist mater, almost reaches a point of conflict."

Stornaiolo plans to travel to Australia to build skills and improve their craft.

Tall, slim, athletic, dark, pensieroso character and rather given to introspection, has assumed his office with great integrity and is defining in one hour, between the grotesque and stains, with the highest quality young painter at the time Current.