Nicola Vigini, originally from Rome, and graduate of the Liceo Artistico in Rome and the Institut Superieur de Peinture Decorative (IPEDEC) in Paris is an internationally recognized master in decorative arts and design.
Nicola began his young career as an intern in Assisi. After some time in Paris, he moved to Seattle where he worked as a decorative artist before relocating to San Antonio. In 1998 he began Vigini Studios where he contracted and taught a variety of workshops. Each summer he organized trips to Italy and Mexico with other famed instructors where students focused on my aspects of decorative painting including mural, grottesca, trompe l’oeil, fresco, and marble. Vigini Studios hosted the Salon, the international conference and gathering of international artists, in 2002.
His work appears in the famed San Antonio Missions and magazines including Veranda and he has been featured on the Discovery Channel, in Institute of Texan Cultures; Palazzo Moroni, Bergamo, Italy and Mauritshuis Museum in The Hague, The Netherlands. Nicola and his plaster work were included in the 2014 Oscar nominated short documentary “Tim’s Vermeer”. He is also the author to The Forward to The Handbook of Painted Decoration by Yannick Guegan and Roger Le Puil.
After deciding to focus on his true passion and expertise, design and decorative and faux painting, Nicola Vigini opened Vigini Paint and Design specializing in creating one of a kind environments and furnishings for high end clientele in the South Texas area specializing in plaster, gilding, woodgraining, marble, grottesca, trompe l’oeil as well as glazing, color advising, design, stenciling and mural. Vigini Paint and Design also has a line of unique stencils.
Leslie was raised in San Antonio, Texas and her love of architecture, antiquities and finishes began at an early age while growing up in an O’Neil Ford designed home in the Texas Hill Country.
She received a double major from Pine Manor College in Boston in Art History with an emphasis on Textiles and French with honors. Her junior year was spent in Tours and in Paris, attending the Ecole de Louvre and L’Institute Catholique, becoming fluent in French, followed by a summer in Greece studying the Greek language and archaeology at Deree College in Athens. After graduation Leslie attended the two year Cooper Hewitt Masters Decorative Arts Program in Manhattan, accredited through Parsons School of Design, followed by another summer in Paris studying modern architecture and decorative arts. While at the Cooper Hewitt, Leslie met Ina Marx from The Finishing School during a gilding class and began attending finishing workshops in New York.
After graduation , Leslie worked at Marcoz Antiques and the French Library before moving The Hague, Brussels and Manchester, U.K. where she practiced and instructed the craft of decorative and faux finishes. Upon returning to her native Texas in 1995, Leslie worked in a decorative painting studio in Houston and three years later began Vigini Studios Inc. (school) and Vigini Paint and Decorating, Inc. (contracting) with partner Nicola Vigini. Currently Leslie manages Vigini Paint & Design, LLC focusing on unique interior and furniture finishes for high end residential clients and churches as well as the sale of the Vigini stencil and giclee lines.