Leonardo Frigo working in his studio. Hand-inked chess pieces by Leonardo Frigo

Leonardo Frigo is an Italian artist and violinist who takes inspiration from historical literature to create intricate hand-illustrations in fountain pen with hand-made ink. Over the course of nearly a decade, he has been actively painting stringed instruments. For five of those years, he meticulously studied the violin. Moreover, he obtained a degree in Art Restoration from UIA (Univeristà Internazionale dell Arte) in Venice, Italy.

Leonardo creates this unique art form with the premise that his instruments can not only be listened to while played or merely visually appreciated in their original form, but read like storybooks. Through striking symbols, vivid patterns, and strategically placed embedded text, his work welcomes his audience to engage with instruments in a new, one-of-kind way, instilling them with a newfound perspective.

Violin covered in Leonardo Frigo's artwork
Hand-inked violin by Leonardo Frigo. Photograph by Leonardo Frigo

Best-known for the “Seven Deadly Sins” and the “Four Seasons,” these distinct projects have had successful exhibitions across Europe and beyond, including Italy, South Korea, France, and England. In general, his biographical illustrations have garnered worldwide acclaim.

Today, Leonardo is in the midst of working on a venture that pays homage to Dante Alighieri’s masterwork, “Inferno,” featuring one cello and 33 violins for each chapter.”

Leonardo Frigo – Ink Artist by Daniele Andronico / Danid Tube

Using the same characteristic meticulous, intricate ink-work as he uses for his stringed instruments, Leonardo Frigo has created this truly impressive and stunning Purling London chess set.

Chess set covered in intricate designs by Leonardo Frigo
Leonardo Frigo hand-illustrated chess set

For more information about Leonardo Frigo visit: www.leonardofrigo.com

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Leonardo Frigo hand illustrated wooden chess set
hand carved Staunton chess rook with beautiful designs on the base
Chess set on display at Harrods
Leonardo Frigo with his chess set at Harrods
Leonardo Frigo's chess set at various stages of production
Leonardo Frigo chess pieces in progress

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