PigPrints is a printmaking studio with facilities in Milan, Italy.
Founded by artist and printmaker Guido Pigni, PigPrints specializes in intaglio techniques, and focuses on creating and promoting works achieved through printmaking by emerging and established contemporary artists. The prints are made by the artists working independently or in close collaboration with the studio staff and are hand-printed on our etching presses.
In addition to collaborations with artists, PigPrints offers contract printing services.
PigPrints’ founder Guido Pigni, who is also a painter and a multidisciplinary artist, has extensive experience in the field of printmaking.
“I started PigPrints in 2010 as a means to share my passion for printmaking with fellow artists I knew or whose work I admired.” Beginning with two small etchings by Franco Matticchio, more than 35 “PigPrints” editions were subsequently published until 2018.
Reopened in 2020 in a new beautiful luminous 160 sq. mt. (525 sq. feet) fully equipped studio, PigPrints now operates on different levels:
- it’s a collaborative print workshop where artists can work independently on their personal projects, profiting from the quality professional equipment as well as the tranquility and inspiring atmosphere of the place.
- it’s a place where invited artists can work alongside the studio staff and benefit of their assistance to create shared projects. Prints and editions produced over such collaborations can be exhibited in the in-house gallery space.
- It’s a venue open for residencies where artists, primarily but not only printmakers, can experience a period of work in an intimate and fully equipped printshop and enjoy a private studio/bedroom 24/7
- It’s a community for relationships where artists can meet their peers and people of any artistic level may exchange experiences and learn mutually. Everybody is welcome to experience the life of the studio through its workshops, lectures, seminars and other events that are organized on a regular basis.
Collaborating with artists to explore the process of making prints while expanding their aesthetic vocabulary is the backbone of our mission.
Research and experimentation with traditional as well as new techniques are encouraged. Only the very best materials are used. The use of safe quality non-toxic materials, papers and inks is paramount when possible.
Anybody willing to work in an open, collaborative and friendly manner is welcome. By sharing and building together a welcoming creative environment with a spirit of true collaboration Pigprints aims to promote a new culture of mutual support among artists as opposed to a purely career-oriented vision. Through our in-house gallery we want to offer original art from both emerging and established artists at an affordable price. Likewise fees to open-access work, workshops and residencies are kept as low as possible. Special arrangements for those experiencing a particular emergency state in their life or their career can be made.