Jonathan Calugi is an Italian illustrator based in Pistoia (Tuscany). He is re known to be an illustrator, pattern designer, and art director, and stands out in the contemporary design scene for his minimalist lines with whom he realizes his artworks.
He defines himself as a chaotic and messy person, and his drawings well depict the effort of trying to reorder things, to then get back to chaos. He never chased this career, it just happened to be he says. As a little kid, he has been motivated by his mother to undertake a creative path, as his grandfather was a creative too. He applied for the Art Academy but soon left it after he broke his arm and never went back. He started by establishing A Smile for Timbuctu through which he first found his first commissioned works.
His drawings are distinguished by the peculiarity of the process that goes from confusion to order to confusion. To realize his ultimate projects he now uses the digital approach, although he also experimented with silk-screen.
He worked for several famous brands as Google, Shutterstock, Expo Dubai, Airbnb and much more. In 2017 he realized a project called “one love Airbnb 2017″, a series of drawings to represent how the company manages to connect people globally. The illustrations the artwork is made of are one black line depicting human silhouettes, overlapped by everyday objects to reflect the variety that Airbnb offers for his clients worldwide. Calugi later completed the project title with “one line, one love, one world”.
One of his favorite projects though is Lovers, a trilogy and limited edition of silkscreens he realized for the studio 108hilos. The drawings depict initially two lovers which we loose in the following steps to then realize they reconnect in one unique figure, the “one”.
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