Luca Marchetti: Profession Grand Master
Historicus Forma Artist Q&A
The Historicus Forma (HFModeling.com) Artist Q&A is a monthly feature. It’s an interview with artists of the historical figure modelling world. These artists may include sculptors and painters; commercial and private modellers; well-known and lesser-known artists. Whoever they may be, the artists featured in Historicus Forma’s Artist Q&A are highly respected members of our global community; people who have greatly influenced our world in their own way. As we honour these artists with this humble Q&A and photo feature, they honour us by sharing a piece of their world.
This month we chat to Luca Marchetti, Grand Master of the Profession and founding member of Pegaso Models.
This interview was proudly translated by Luca’s friend Franco Andreone, Perth Australia.
I was born in Arezzo on 28th July 1960. Currently I live, work and reside in a splendid ex-Benedictine monastery from the VIII century submerged amongst the beautiful hills of Chianti Siena. I have been married for seven years to my beautiful Caribbean bride Loren. My wonderful wife and I have one son Francesco who is now 28 years old and was born from a previous marriage.
I have always had many hobbies and passions. Even as a child, like most from my generation, I loved to play with Lego and Pongo. The floor of my bedroom was often transformed into a battlefield where plastic soldiers often confronted each other and fought battles against each other. I have also participated in many sports including basketball, judo, roller-skating, athletics, volleyball and rugby but being Italian my all time favourite sport is obviously soccer.
My greatest past-time still remains photography, a passion which even to this day I practice in the few rare moments which Pegaso allows me to. As a child I dreamt of becoming a photo reporter, a dream which was never realized.
For a period of 12 years I also practiced in a dedicated and serious way ballet. This for me become a very important experience in my life as it gave me a good feel for the movement and anatomical proportions of the human body. Given that ballet is a very strict discipline and extremely demanding and competitive, a discipline in which only those who develop a high level/sense of self critique manage to succeed. I soon discovered the meaning of self-criticism, sacrifice and continually being the subject of debate without lying to oneself.
I had to give up dancing due to a serious problem with my spinal cord, a physical problem which still plagues me today. However, from another point of view, if I did not give up dancing when I was 28 years old, today Pegaso would not have existed and perhaps my decision to quit was a good one after all.
My other hobbies are literature and music. In the field of music I do not have a single preferred artist, but rather I like all good music be it Classical, New Age or Heavy Rock. I do have a preferred style of music which is instrumental which I find to be very relaxing and inspirational. With literature however I do have precise tastes. My preference has always being Science Fiction of Jules Verne and the adventures of Emilio Salgari. At the age of sixteen I had already read all the Nineteenth Century European Classics from Russia, France, Germany and ending off with the English ones. I then turned my attention to the novels of Science Fiction, Adventure and History.
I maintain that literature is a fundamental aspect of education and an important molder of a child’s personality. Via books one can experience and learn many things and get to know places and people that one could never do in a 100 lifetimes.
Finally I like computer games especially the strategy and on-line versions. I like chess and play guitar badly, but I also love to compose songs and poetry, something which I have been unable to do for many years.
But to be very honest, before marrying Loren, my best hobby was beautiful women …. Ehm …. Ehm…..
Luca hard at work at THE AXE (2001)