Luca Di Battista

Luca Di Battista

(He / Him) • Ferrara, Italy

Biography Interview

Luca is an Italian illustrator / 2d animator based in Ferrara.
In 2012 after his graduation in Multimedia Design he moved in Berlin and starts his path as designer and illustrator. In 2016 and 2017, he was recognized as one of the winners of the Bologna Children's Book Fair Illustration Exhibition. Still in 2017 won “Purple Island” prize by Nami Concours. In 2018, he won as “Best of Show” the prestigious prize by 3x3, still in 2018 he was recognized as one of the winners of China Shangai Children's Book Fair Exhibition. Between 2016 and 2017 was published by Raum Italic with his books "Che Spavento - Oh Schreck!" and "Next Bath - Una Doccia Fredda”.
His style involves irony, colors, and a rough and vibrant line, all of this is also repurposed in the animations. Luca serving diverse range of clients including Red Bull, Soho Hause, Wired, Rizzoli, Condé Nast, and many others.

Selected clients

Red Bull Italia, Wired Japan, Tarzan Magazine, Rizzoli Education, Condé Nast, Soho Hause, The Ned

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Press, Editorial, Digital, Animation, Advertising, Fashion

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  • 2018 – 3×3 Winner Best of Show “Pictures Book”
  • 2018 – Selected China Shangai Children’s Book Fair
  • 2017 – Nami Concours winner “Purple Island Prize”
  • 2016 – Selected for “Mostra degli Illustratori” Bologna Children’s Book Fair
  • 2015 – Selected for “Mostra degli Illustratori” Bologna Children’s Book Fair
  • 2014 – Behance Portfolio Review

Luca Di Battista

Your pronouns

How do you define your identity? Do you identify with (or advocate for) any marginalized communities?
I call myself part of the world

Where is home?
I live in Ferrara

Describe your style of illustration in one sentence.
Essential and ironic

What lights your soul on fire?
The spontaneous and warm contact of people, a lonely and productive day, the contradiction between these two things.

What themes do you enjoy exploring?
Memory is one of the fundamental themes of my artistic research, sweetness and hardness, good and bad, happy and sad and all the possible nuances between these contradictions that make memory a powerful feeling.

What techniques do you use?
I often use digital for business works but I prefer to use mixed media or some traditional techniques (screen printing, etching, aquatint, painting, drawing, etc..) for personal project.

How much of yourself and your own story can we see in your work?
There is a lot of myself in my works

Is there an unmistakable thread in your creative work?
I think there is an unmistakable ball of thread

What do you want to be known for?
For the conscious and careful use of words

Which projects excite you most?
I am very excited by projects where my hand, my heart, my stomach and my intelligence are required

What is your dream gig?
Traveling through the countries with my bike, always choosing secondary and little traveled roads, with two bottles of black and white to be able to paint on the walls as evidence of my passage.

Where, when and how do you best create?
My comfort is at home, on my couch, with my pencil or my iPad during the morning when all my neighborhood are working in their offices.

How has your style evolved since you started?
It still evolving

What do you find most challenging in your practice or in the illustration industry?
This job has a lot to do with solving problems, it’s a puzzle that you face while training and you train by tackling them.

How as being an illustrator changed your life?
Being an illustrator taught me to be quick to find a solution to things and taught me to do it with ingenuity, this has proved useful in so many aspects of my life that don’t have to do with drawing

Name a tool you can’t live without!
Graffiti Squeezer I used to paint

What influences or inspires your art?
A multitude of different things influence my art, the books of John Fante, Italo Calvino and Gipi, the distorted guitars of Tool or Deftones, the photography of Guido Guidi, the memory of the province, of my loved ones and of the departed. Pedaling for hours, eating a chocolate cake and waving to the spectators sitting at the bar. And many other wonderful things.

What would you tell your younger self?
to learn to be patient and that although impulsivity has sometimes played tricks, intuition has not, it has always been right.

Why do you think art speaks louder than words?
I do not think art speak louder than words, art and words works together.

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