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A Visit to the Heart of Pegaso

The Pegaso style of Work
I had the pleasure of meeting two of the new artists assigned to working on Pegaso’s large-scale resin fantasy line. They were on their way to the heads (Luca, Andrea, and Pietro) to discuss their work. This sort of discussion can take place every time of day, whether it is 08.00 in the morning or 21.00 at night. Conversation between members of the Pegaso family centres largely on figures; these are incredibly passionate and intense people, with amazing senses of humour and creative processes.

I attended a new product analysis prior to production and market release. Very serious business was discussed including future plans and company strategies. Naturally there were also light-hearted funny situations and sarcastic repartee between all the guys. It is for this reason that, throughout this article, I do not refer to Pegaso as a company, but rather as a family – or familia, in Italian.

While this is undoubtedly one of the most professional companies in the figure industry, the family spirit dominates. From the morning coffee meetings in which daily planning takes place and problems discussed, until the dinner at night where all members tease each other and have great fun, only one thought comes to mind: family! I feel proud, and count myself lucky, to have been included to have been present, to have witnessed these events, and made to feel like a member of this familia.

Something I noticed during my brief stay is that while these guys are legends in the figure world (Pietro Balloni for example, only a few hours earlier in Saint Vincent, had won a “couple” of gold medals in the Master Painter division and the Best of Painter award, and competed with masters like Ruina, Gallardo and many others), they do not hold grudges at all. These are amongst the most humble and down-to-earth people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. I cannot help but admire this quality – truth be told, I am even just a little bit jealous.

Word cannot describe the euphoria one feels when witnesses these masters at work. I can now say I have seen: Maurizio Bruno work clothing details on one of his Napoleonic masterpieces; Andrea Jula sculpting hands on a beautiful lady bust; and some of Pietro Balloni’s masterful paintwork of a forthcoming 75mm release (it was a Germanic Warrior). The family atmosphere in the Art Studio is overwhelming; as work progresses everyone asks opinions on pieces of the rest. Working toward the predetermined release dates, several pieces are normally worked on, in a step-by-step manner, simultaneously.

Pegaso has some of the best associates in the figure trade. This is a list of those that sculpt and paint for Pegaso on a more or less regular basis:

Sculptors:
Victor Konnov, Maurizio Bruno, Gianni La Rocca, Tony Williams, Kwang Yeol Lee, Luca Piergentili, Benoit Cauchies, Christos Apostolopoulos, Martin Canale, Diego Ruina, Luca Calò.

Painters:
Diego Ruina, Emiliano Iacobacci, Davide Decina, Danilo Cartacci, Luca Baldino, Luca Cardoselli, Andrea Tessarini, Massimo Pasquali, Gianfranco Speranza, Massimo Moro, Daniel Milosevich, Gianni Coniglio, Fransisco Galliardo, Mariano Numitone, Jesus Gamarra, Maurizio Berselli.

Not forgetting Andrea Jula and Pietro Balloni as sculptor and painter respectively and given the names above, it is easy to see how this brand has managed to stay at the top for so many years.

As Luca explains, Pegaso likes and tries to keep the artists that work with them inside the family. That means closer than professional bonds, a positive work environment, and also to keep them satisfied ensures that they work exclusively for Pegaso. The results of this management style are self-evident.

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