YOU & IED: your name, the IED School you attended, the year and the Course you graduated in.
Gildo Medina, IED Firenze, Master in Arts Management. Graduation year: 2016.
YOU NOW: your job description, where you work, your new projects.
I’m a multidisciplinary artist and designer involved in different cultural and artistic projects around the globe, often in collaboration with different cultural institutions, embassies and luxury brands, including Ferragamo, Moncler, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton, among others. During the last year I've focused on developing new work inspired through the eyes of different people from around the world who, in turn, have inspired me. This work is captured in delicately hand-painted acrylic on leather canvases.
CREATIVITY: IED is synonym of creativity and also of Made in Italy. Let us know how both these aspects led you to choose IED and how they helped or influenced your career.
The concept of “made in Italy” based on the highest standards of beauty and quality, and supported by a rich artistic history, is deeply rooted in Italy and well-regarded around the globe. My experience at IED has given me the opportunity to learn, understand, enjoy and practice this philosophy both in my career as an artist and in the way I live my life as a human being. IED has helped me to open doors to work with some of the most prominent luxury brands around the world.
Medina for Louis Vuitton
IED LOCATIONS: all our schools are found in some of the most creative and vibrant cities around the globe. Why did you choose Florence? And what role it played in your student and future life?
At the beginnings of my career, 20 years ago, I studied Fine Arts here in Italy. Since that time, my heart and soul has been marked by the inspiring and magical experience of living in Italy, where I was surrounded by history, art and beauty. That’s why I decided to return to Italy for the Master's in Arts Management program at IED. When I returned to Italy in 2016, I brought with me greater experience, which allowed me to appreciate even more the Italian experience and the outstanding quality of IED professors, who are among the top cultural ambassadors in Italy.
A project for Hermès
CHALLENGES OF OUR TIMES: how have the challenging times we’re living affected your professional life?
Absolutely! This year, when everyone was restricted with "stay-at-home" orders, I was blessed by several collectors who collected my art to inspire them in their pursuit of beauty through these challenging times.
Also during this time, many people turned to social media to help connect them with the world, which was helpful for promoting my work, for example on Instagram and Facebook.
ADVICE: your recommendations to future graduates for a bright and creative future in your field.
My advice for others is to be passionate in whatever they choose to do because passion is a critical factor in finding success in the creative world. And to observe the world each day as if it was their first time so that they may find new and greater opportunities and create wonderful solutions to the challenges they face.
Bag with an illustration
Eyes by Medina
LAST BUT NOT LEAST: what was the activity that you found most valuable to your personal growth?
Teamwork, for without a team no one performs at more than 10% of their true capacity.