Giorgio Dimichina: The Artist
I met Giorgio about four years ago. I was working for the newspaper L’Italoamericano and wanted to do an article on a local artist. A friend of mine told me about him and said he was absolutely fantastic. I took my car and drove out to Laguna Beach. The weather could not have been better. It was cool with a sweet breeze. Despite an influx of tourism, and a sharp rise in housing prices, Laguna seems to maintain its splendor and charm. The views of the Pacific Ocean, its small quaint shops, the ivy and bougainvillea draped over walls along the Coast Highway.
Giorgio was waiting for me at Artist Eye Gallery located near downtown Laguna. He was a handsome gallant looking gentleman with the warmest smile and demeanor. We sat down, spoke for about an hour. I had a chance to look around and saw first hand the beauty of his work. The joy in Giorgio’s heart is clearly transmitted and manifested in his art. The colors, the vitality, the incredible details.
After the interview we kept in touch. I began to read some of his essays that he published regularly and the idea came to me that he should be a writer on IK. He graciously agreed and began to write his essays in his column here, Giorgio’s Grotto.
With his loyal following, Giorgio has made quite a name for himself. He is an artist and writer of immense talent, and just a wonderful person. I recently thought that four years was a long time to find out what he was up to so I sent him the following questions….his answers are fantastic as they give an inside look into his world and his art. Enjoy! – Editor of IK
Internationally Known: Where were you born? When and why did you start painting?
Giorgio: I was born in Buenos Aires Argentina, The son of an Italian father and Argentine mother. I started drawing and painting from a very early age (4 years old to be exact) and my passion for art has continued to grow. I always visually studied life around me. As silly as it may sound, from my pencil drawings of hands to the first paint by numbers painting I completed. Being able to see first hand from an early age the power that art has to evoke joyful feelings in others, is what drives my passion for art to this day.
IK: What is your favorite medium and your favorite tools?
Giorgio: Through the years I have created artwork in a variety of mediums, such as oil, Acrylic, water colors, pen and ink and Prismacolor pencils. Today, I mainly work with acrylic paint on canvas because the medium gives me the most freedom to create the mood and atmosphere I desire in my paintings. Through layering techniques. Acrylic paints are able to provide me the flexibility I need in order to produce either the look of a watercolor or an oil painting.
IK: Who or what inspires you?
Giorgio: I have always been inspired by the light and shadow that surrounds us. The inspiration for my paintings come from a variety of sources. Some are from different places I have seen or visited, some from reference photographs, but the majority of my artwork is inspired by what I visualize in my mind. I find that visualizing a scene that moves me emotionally, helps connect me to my artwork in a much more dramatic way. It also helps in establishing a real feeling for my paintings from the very start. This is important when desiring to create works of art that can move others emotionally.
IK: Your favorite artists?
Giorgio: Leonard Wren, Dmitri Danish, Carl Frederik, Peder Aagaard, and of course, the great Michelangelo
IK: What do you think about the art scene today?
Giorgio: The art scene today is competitive as always, but expanding and very exciting for the individual artist. With all of the tools available today for self- promotion, an artist is no longer limited to the approval of galleries.
IK: Your habits or special routines when painting. How do you integrate painting into your everyday life?
Giorgio: The hardest part of working at home as a self employed artist, is scheduling my time so it is not taken over by the everyday distractions that can arise, such as having my 110 pound German shepherd prodding me to play with him.
I try to set aside 5 hours a day to concentrate solely on creating art. This could be time spent on research or actual painting. I start my day at 5:00 AM every morning where I make myself a cup of coffee and take an hour or so in the quiet morning hours to do some creative writing before breakfast. I will conduct most of my daily errands, along with any business phone calls early in the day and then settle in to work on my paintings. I am not ritualistic about it, but I find that the creative process not only requires an individual to think out of the box, but also requires structure and discipline.
There is a quote I like that reads…
“Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There’s plenty of movement, but you never know if it’s going to be forward, backwards, or sideways.”
IK: Upcoming projects?
Giorgio: I am currently working on two separate large commission pieces for private collectors.
I am also in the process of adding several paintings to previous series of paintings that I have created and I am also establishing a new series that I am very excited about, which I will reveal to the public once I have the first two or three paintings completed.
To quote the great Michelangelo…
“If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.”
To read Giorgio’s article in Italoamericano, please go to