Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Luciano is one of five brothers who pursued tattooing as a profession. At an early age, his parents recognised his talent and encouraged him to constantly draw. By 16 he scored his first artistic job creating cartoons for an Italian puzzle magazine.
While studying architecture at university, Luciano was commissioned to paint murals. In 1986 he started to teach himself tattoo and one year later opened his first tattoo shop in partnership with one of his brothers. In the search of inspiration and new horizons, he then moved to Italy to work in the family’s two newly opened studios.
Travels around Asia and Australia followed until Luciano began working at Paul Braniff’s Borderline Tattoos on the Gold Coast and then later at Kiwi Kim’s Celtic dragon studio in Newtown. But by 1995 he decided to branch out on his own and Kaleidoscope Tattoo Art Studio was born.
Luciano has a reputation as an extremely versatile artist who works in many styles but his current favourite is oriental, in particular modern Japanese. His work is defined by his great drawing hand, his solid understanding of lighting, shading, contrast and design placement, respecting the natural shape and flow. His influences are too many to list, but include the incredibly talented artists who have worked at Kaleidoscope over the years.
Luciano’s work has been featured in the world’s most popular tattoo magazines, including Tattoo Life, Tattoo Energy, Skin and Ink, Tattoo Candy, Tattoos Down Under and many more. In 2008 he won first prize in the 4th Annual Sydney Pre Summer Tattoo Festival for best Female Leg Piece.