Luigi Ullio


Luigi Ullio, painter, philosopher, mult-linguist philologist, was born in Piedmont, Italy's northwestern corner, adjoining the border of France and Switzerland.

Piedmont has had a reputation for great gastronomy since ancient Rome, when its meats and wine were considered the best in the empire. It is also known for the splendid architecture, the lavish parks and castles, and the bright Summer colors of the countryside that fade in delicate, impressionistic hues in the fall have a strong influence on your soul. It is no wonder that growing up in this surrounding would bring out a natural attraction to art.

At the age of four, Luigi began playing with colored pencils and by ten, influenced by the great American drawers from the early thirties, he was very active drawing comic strips.

A few years later, he was introduced to oil painting by a friend and joined him in several art associations and schools. Luigi not only spent time in the "studio" with his friend learning basics and history of art, they also spent much of their time in the hills and hamlets surrounding the city to paint and then discuss their works, sometimes with renowned artists of the region.

Luigi's interest in many subjects, such as ethnology and philology, drove him to travel and live in many foreign countries where he enjoyed meeting the people and learning about their culture and their cuisine's. During World War II, he was a peasant worker in the Piedmontese country each summer, as it was safer sweating in the hills than to be under the daily bombings in the city. He then took a job in England as a nurse to improve his English. Thereafter, he traveled to Germany to improve the tongue of Schiller. Then came two years of mandatory military service in the Artillery of the Alps, this experience was not one of the more enjoyable.

After leaving the Italian Army with no job and no money to buy canvas and paints, he joined the French Foreign Legion for five years as an Intelligence Service Officer in North Africa. Although the experience was not as easy as it seemed, he was thrilled to see Moresque cities, enjoy the great Arabic architecture, culture, art, language and people and the Sahara "the most beautiful scenery he could ever image". He did many paintings during this time. Mostly landscapes, but people and animals too. He found camels to be very interesting subjects.

In 1981, Luigi moved to the United States, where he continues to exhibit his oil paintings, sculptures and stained-glass works.

"Painting may mean esthetics and good taste, but even more, the expression of feelings and a way to induce the same to other people. It's a whole made of color, light, and space. Painting is poetry and is music: colors represent words and sounds…Every time that someone takes the time to listen to me through my art work, all my efforts have been well spent."