Luca Angeli creates paintings that represent the ancient world where canines rule and man's best friend are depicted as great Warrior Dogs. Luca creates a spin on the classic portrait and paints dogs as Roman Centurions, Roman legionary band members, Spartan Warriors, and more.
His discovery process begins with photographing dogs to capture their personality. He conducts extensive historical research to create a custom outfit including armor, helmet and headdress, and then sets his subjects to a lush landscape. His composition strikes a balance between realism and a bold graphic style that keeps you wondering.
Luca's inspiration finds its roots in his childhood: the family spent summers in the countryside of the Italian Alps in Trentino Alto Adige. His appreciation for history, art, architecture and nature are all woven together in his work. His move to California brought a new dimension to his work with the beautiful Californian landscapes with varied plants, colorful skylines, and of course the San Francisco Bay Area fog.
Born in St. Louis, MO, and now based in San Mateo, CA, Luca holds a BFA degree with an emphasis in Design from the University of Kansas. He has spent the last 20 years working in the high tech industry, while nurturing his passion for animals and the arts.