New to the block: introducing Milan-based illustrator Aronne Nembrini

Aronne Nembrini is a Milan-based illustrator who grew up in a small town in Italy surrounded by very creative women, a mum who draws on ceramics and an aunt who is an interior designer and art curator. 

His style is marked by graphic elements, vibrant colours, textures and patterns, taking inspiration from a vintage aesthetic. 

Aronne graduated from IED (Istituto Europeo di Design) in 2022 and first approached the world of publishing by starting to work as a graphic designer/ in-house illustrator for a series of health journals, quickly incorporating his own style and illustrating covers and data visualisation. Part of the LGBTQ+ community, he cares deeply about gender equality. His love for nature and animals has also led him to draw issues related to sustainability by promoting ethical food choices.

Here's his Q&A:

-When did you start illustrating?

There have been several stages in my life that led me to approach drawing. I have always found drawing very interesting since I was a child. I loved art classes in school! My mother used to paint on ceramic, and it allowed me to become familiar with drawing. In my teen years it has been an important support to express my personality and emotions.

-Who has been the most supportive in your illustration career, perhaps your teacher, family, friends?

My boyfriend has always believed in me, and his support helped me to pursue my dream of becoming an illustrator. Also, an art teacher in high school helped me realise how much beauty exists in the world, and how we are also capable of creating beauty.

-Did you always think art was something that was going to be a major part of your life?

Art has always been a part of my life, however, I did not imagine that this could become a job, even though I always dreamed about the possibility. I am happy that today it is, and I hope to continue growing and thriving with it.

-What is your favourite subject matter to illustrate?

I like to illustrate everything, but especially objects, food, nature and animals. I find retro kitchen products very fascinating too.

-How would you describe your style?

My style is very versatile with hints of retro, but it varies according to the client’s requirements. I tend to be more minimalist when I illustrate packaging, and more detailed when I illustrate covers. Geometric and abstract shapes are always present in my work, and I use textures which give depth to my vectorial drawings.

-What is your favourite collaboration to date? 

I am really proud of the editorials I have produced for the Health and Science publisher Altis Omnia Pharma, I was able to produce work that represents important issues and raises awareness on important health matters.

-What interested you about being represented by Illo Agency? 

I find the idea of working on projects for international clients to be very stimulating, and I greatly admire the agency's focus on inclusivity.

-Do you have a favourite author, film director, or designer?

There are many creative people I admire: Frida Kahlo made me experience art through a different perspective. I also love William Morris' creations and what he was able to do with his art. As a cinephile, I have several directors I admire a lot like Wes Anderson, Wong Kar-wai, Sofia Coppola, Tim Burton and Hayao Miyazaki. Virginia Wolf is definitely one of my favourite authors because of her view on life and fight against patriarchy.

-Are you working on any personal projects you can share with us? 

I am currently working on abstract compositions as an exercise to portray concepts in a concise manner by experimenting with bright colours, new textures and simple shapes. I'm also about to start a packaging project.

-Do you listen to podcasts? If so, do you have a favourite?

At the moment, I enjoy listening to podcasts about witchcraft and esotericism, I find the subject to be very fascinating.

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