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Diego Fazio, also known as artist DiegoKoi, was born in Lamezia Terme, Italy in 1989. He enters the world of art as a self-taught artist, who quickly developed a precise and refined technique. He began by drawing the Koi, a variety of carp from ancient China that was introduced to Japan. The Koi carp, in Japanese popular culture, is a symbol of love and friendship. In China, legend tells of a courageous and perseverant carp that managed to climb the waterfalls located at Dragon Gate, overcoming obstacles and evil spirits. The gods, impressed by its courage, transformed the carp into a dragon. Eventually, the carp became the symbol of those who aspire to do great things and are not afraid to face adversity. The young artist was fascinated with this carp and decided to include the word “Koi” in his name, which helped him find the motivation and the strength to continue on his journey, initially focusing on the eyes and faces of his subjects. DiegoKoi's art, at first concentrated on drawings of Japanese style tattoos but over time as he developed his technique and rediscovered the delicacy and beauty of shading, set aside the coarse features of tattoos and focused on hyperrealism. As he developed, he turned his focus on drawing the human form, while giving it his own personal touch, which is expressed within each subject through carefully crafted lines that give rise to elastic, compact figures and are supported by the shading and imagination of the artist. This technique transforms the work into a mixture of real and unreal. DiegoKoi's ability to perceive the many shades of chiaroscuro, influences the artist to create contrasts, which touch the audience's soul. He begins with the enhancement of feminine traits, bringing out the psyche of women through their eyes and folds of their faces, leaving the viewer to investigate the silent emotions being expressed. Next, he focuses on exposing faces that seem to scream with the despair and anger of present day society. With his unique ability and the characteristic elements of his technique, Diegokoi was able to make himself known in many areas of his native country. He has displayed his works at several exhibitions and has gained the recognition of "Audience Award Best Artist NonFermarti 2011" and "Award painting section NonFermarti 2011" that was accepted in person in the province of Cosenza at the artistic event NonFermarti 2011. In March 2012, among approximately 7000 participants from around the world, DiegoKoi was nominated for "International Art Award Laguna of Venice 2012" with his work "Sentenza". In the same year, he was nominated and was a finalist of one of the most prestigious awards in Italy, the "Cairo Award" of Milan, with his work "Raptus". The beginning of 2013 coincided with DiegoKoi's media explosion, as he won the emerging artist award at the international contest "Limen" of Vibo Valentia with his work "Luccicanza". On January 25th, 2013, he launched his first international exhibition, entitled "Sensations" (which is the name of his most famous work), in Singapore, at the prestigious international gallery Raffian Art (Singapore/ Russia/ Israel). On May 21th, 2013, DiegoKoi participated in "Wonder Works" in Hong Kong edited by "The cat street gallery" on Hollywood Road. In June 2013, he participated in his first action painting in Milan, at the historic store, Crespi and in August 2013, he performed in another action painting in Lucerne, Switzerland. Subsequently, on November 7th 2013, through the association "Sanado Heridas A.C" several of DiegoKoi's works were donated to a charity auction to help disadvantaged children in Mexico. On November 15th 2013, Diegokoi participated in person at another charity auction, at the court of Prince Albert of Monaco with his wife Princess Charlene, for the association "Monaa against autism", founded by the Princess, to help children suffering from autism. On November 30th 2013, DiegoKoi's exhibition launched at the Italian gallery "BeCause Art Space", attended by numerous fans. To launch a new year in his career, on January 11th 2014, DiegoKoi participated in a collective exhibition at the renowned gallery "Jonathan Levine Gallery" and most recently, on May 17th 2014, DiegoKoi participated in an action painting in Florence at the "Lory Art store".
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Ddc73 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know you won't answer but, how the hell do you get so black with graphite?
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EtaniaVII Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm not the one you asked, but, I use graphite (as seen here: fav.me/d771gvs ) and I use these: www.amazon.com/Derwent-Graphic…

Derwent is a very good brand in my opinion, and my work was noticeably better as soon as I went from my previous brand (General Pencil Company) to Derwent. I know some people like the Kimberly 9xxb graphite pencil from General Pencil Company: www.amazon.com/Generals-Kimber…

It's the darkest graphite I'm aware of. I think it has a blend of materials and it doesn't have quite the shine that normal graphite pencils do. I personally don't like it that much because it's hard to erase and blend, but I use it from time to time. Hope that helps!
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RTERRASIARTGALLERY Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  New Deviant  Traditional Artist
Sei un idolo!!respect !!
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Femke92 Featured By Owner May 13, 2015
Impressionante! Complimenti! :)
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Myebi Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You sir are the most incredible artist I ever saw in my life. :iconuhuhuhuplz:
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BarbaraTristan Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Absolutely Wonderful! I am in Awe!!!
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Wolvfre2 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Que talento! La la la la 
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99maria99 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I could cry. I really could. Your talent putting pencil to paper leaves me stunned and more than a little humbled at my own weak attempts. If you could give someone like myself advice on how to add realism to their portraiture, I wonder what it would be? 

Looking forward to seeing more of your art. 
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EtaniaVII Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey, just thought you might find these tutorials by Cataclysm-X helpful: cataclysm-x.deviantart.com/gal…

They really helped me!I used some of those techniques in this drawing I did: fav.me/d7bbv5p

Hope it helps!
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BlackVelvetSkies Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
omg this is amazing!!!!
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