Fabrizio Divari at work
|Residence||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
Fabrizio Divari (born 1972) is a tattoo artist from Milan, Italy. Divari was born in Rome before moving to Milan, where he spent most of his childhood. He resides in Toronto, where he owns and operates a tattoo studio
A formally trained painter, Fabrizio Divari began his career studying at Milan's Accademia di Belli Arti di Brera, where he developed interest for cubism and modern art. Fascinated with art since childhood, Divari started painting canvases in the early 90s at 16 years old.
As a teenager, Divari experimented with tattoos by building his own machines, tattooing both himself and his friends. His professional career started in 1998 when he opened his own studio in Milan, paid for his work by a growing clientele.
Shortly after, he moved to Costa Rica where he opened a studio on the coast, commuting on weekends to work in a San Jose tattoo shop. A self-proclaimed nomad, Divari spent a year working in Miami before moving to New York. He worked for Sacred Tattoo in Manhattan and Flyrite Tattoo in Brooklyn, garnering a strong clientele and following.
In 2002, Divari moved to Canada where he worked at various studios in Toronto. His held his longest position working at New Tribe Tattoo  in the city's trendy Queen West neighbourhood for three years. With longtime plans of opening his own shop, Divari finally settled in Parkdale, an up-and-coming area in Toronto's west end.
Fabrizio Divari Tattoos
Fabrizio Divari Tattoos, opened in 2005, has focused on Cubism and Asian, amongst an array of modern styles. Divari is also heavily inspired by mother nature, with interest in illustrations of birds, flowers and animals, which reflect his studies in art history from his formal training.
Cubism inspiration and artistic focus
Divari's two main inspirations are Salvador Dalí and Pablo Picasso. He feels that in these styles, "everything can be simplified to geometric shapes". This strong cubism influence was developed during his time of study at the Accademia di Belli Arti and a reflection of his early childhood scribbles.
Today, Divari pushes towards images more organic than abstract when working on Asian and Cubist pieces. He applies his personal skills and style to the popularity of Asian art by contrast in use of colour, detail and flow.
Awards and press
In addition to being featured in Toronto's alternative weekly newspaper, Now Magazine, Divari has been on the cover of Skin Deep Magazine. He has been featured in issues of Scandinavian Tattoo Magazine, International Tattoo Art, BME, Eye Weekly and Italian Canadian cultural magazine, Panoram Italia.
Divari and his works have been featured in:
- Animal Ink: Exploring the World's Wildlife Through Tattoo Art, edited by Mike Devries and Jinxi Caddel (2012)
- Inside The Tattoo Circus: A Journey Through The Modern World of Tattoos, by Kristian Misser (2009)
- Scratch Art, edited by Guy Aitchison (2008)
- Bio, at fabriziodivari.com, by Fabrizio Divari, retrieved July 2, 2012
- Paintings at fabriziodivari.com, retrieved July 2, 2012
- Fabrizio Divari Tattoo Interview in BME, at news.bmezine.com, written by Shannon, published February 21, 2008, retrieved July 2, 2012
- Misser, Kristian (2009), Inside The Tattoo Circus: A Journey Through The Modern World of Tattoos, Schiffer Books, ISBN 9780764331459
- Galletti, Alessio (January 28, 2012), "Fabrizio Divari: I tatuaggi? Per me una passione senza compromessi", Panoram Italia, retrieved July 4, 2012
- Aitchison, Guy (2008), Scratch Art, Proton Press, ISBN 0977127028, archived from the original on 2012-04-12
- Work In Progress at fabriziodivari.com, Fabrizio Divari, retrieved July 4, 2012
- Best Tattoo Artist, at nowtoronto.com, written by Now Magazine, published November 3, 2011, retrieved July 2, 2012