Tommaso Guerra


Tommaso Guerra is a comprehensive artist: painter, sculptor and graphic designer. One of those people who love giving a soul to things. A person who presents himself with a “Hello everyone” and dreams of becoming an interior decorator, as this is the profession that manages to comprise all his passions: lighting, art, design and communication in the strictest sense.

“A venue, a club, a restaurant speak to you through a multitude of details finalized towards expressing a specific personality. This is how a work becomes total”.



I met Tommaso a few days ago at a Sunday market. He was busy modelling and sculpting two huge matches, one burnt and the other still whole that will be exhibited in November at This is Rome, where he will be working with Giovanna Pistone.



It was only by approaching him that I discovered that he had already done some works for restaurants. This intrigued me because we often undervalue the role that environments have on our complete sensorial perceptions when we are seated in front of a finely cooked dish.



Roman, born in 1978, he boasts with modesty about making the best amatriciana on the planet (the guanciale must be fried, set aside while the tomato is cooking and then added again when the dish is assembled) thanks to a weekly training he has persevered at for over 15 years ago.



He would like to eat raw fish at every meal, but his artist budget cannot afford this and he often resorts to pasta with pesto, although being an artist he likes to occasionally amaze his guests with fish-based pastas and main courses. If you ask what menu he would never bore to create, the answer is simple: raw fish. A passion for fish that is also steering him in a work that he is currently developing: 2 metre high chopsticks.

The first time he decorated a restaurant happened more or less like this. Having gone into a restaurant, his attention was captured by a huge black wall that the owners had allowed clients to draw what they wanted on. This noble democracy attempt had ended-up in the wrong hands: the wall had been transformed into a Little Chef thinking ground, rather than a gastronomic philosophy table. It was then that together with Dana Tanamachi he decided, as a decorator, to return the lost dignity to this wall.



Tommaso’s passion does not stop at large walls: those who know his work will have noticed that he often focuses on very small objects transforming them into very large ones, such as matches or fishing floats.

 He chooses ironic objects that contain a pinch of poetry:
“Don’t you think fishing floats are incredibly beautiful?” He asked me while I was looking at their colour and shape.



Going back to food, he confessed to me that he once ate two portions of spaghetti with scampi, clams, baby squid and pachino tomatoes in tinfoil wrapping.

And it might have been that lunch was drawing nearer and hunger was increasing, but when I asked him for an artist-idea off the top of his head he confessed: “A horse running on a treadmill in a gym. TVs are on and pop music is playing. I stand out on a tailor’s bust with a white and green jockey’s outfit, with a tomato sauce stain on the front”.

I like this idea of his so I make the most of his flash of genius to ask for a sketch for Spaghetti Junction and given that he said yes and he believes in the motto “if you say, you do. If you can’t do, you don’t say” here is a sketch that Tommaso Guerra made for our website.




Who knows if next time we go to a restaurant we won’t find it exhibited on some wall.


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