Dario Raffaele de Grandi is an illustrator, graphic designer and occasional painter from Switzerland with Venetian roots. He started his career as an artist in Switzerland at the Lucerne University of Art & Design (HSLU). In search of new impressions, he moved to Berlin, a melting pot of cultures and free spirits. There he completed his bachelor's degree in illustration at the Berlin Technical Art College (BTK). His final project "Eight Views of Berlin" was awarded the "Best of Illustration" award. As a freelancer, he is always looking for new creative challenges.
He prefers to use pencil, felt pen, Indian ink and linocut and often carries out his work in black and white or monochrome.
A great source of inspiration for him is Japanese culture, especially the traditional 'Ukiyo-e' woodcuts by Hiroshige (1797-1858), Hokusai (1760-1849) & Utamaro (1753-1806), as well as the traditional 'Irezumi' tattoos .
The flowing lines, the combination of surfaces and detailed patterns, the play between bright and cold colors to create depth, as well as the precision and dedication with which the Japanese works cast a spell on the viewer have always been a great inspiration for him .