Fieni never had a proper mentor but the books of his favorite photographers. Toscani’s subversity, Koudelka’s intensity, Salgado’s emotions, Fontana’s abstractionism and Ansel Adams’ technique. The art of Schiele, Munch, Klimt and the whole impressionism movement were a strong source of influence as well.
His photographs are featured in books and magazines worldwide like ‘Himalaya: personal stories of grandeur, challenge and hope’ (National Geographic, 2006) and ‘Wonders of Lo: The artistic Heritage of Mustang’ (Marg, 2009) to mention a few. Solo and collective exhibitions have been held in America, Europe and Asia, and his work is part of private collections worldwide, counting prominent venues such as The Manggha Museum (Krakow, Poland) and The Contemporary Art Collection of the Vatican Museums (Vatican City).
Several of his photographs have been nominated in international photography contests, including a second place in the Annual Photo Awards 2014, 2 silver places in the One EyeLand Photography Awards 2014, the selection for the Prize Voies Off 2013, the Black and White Spider Awards, a Honorable Mention in the 7th Photography Masters Cup and a bronze in the One EyeLand Photography Awards 2013.
As a photographer, Fieni has collaborated with The National Geographic Society, The North Face, The Getty Images, The Mill Valley Film Group, Skydoor Productions, The American Himalayan Foundation, The Kham Aid Foundation, HPRC and Bauer Media.
Born in Italy in 1973, Luigi Fieni studied aeronautical engineering at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, and then conservation of mural paintings at the “Ars Labor Conservation Institute” in Rome. He started his career as an art conservator in 1999, assisting in a prestigious conservation project in the Himalaya. He then became the lead conservator and worked mainly in Nepal, Bhutan, and China, restoring ancient Buddhist art and training local people to preserve their own cultural heritage.
His work as a conservator of Tibetan art and his projects appeared in many major newspapers and magazines worldwide, including The New York Times, The Guardian, The Herald Tribune, The Washington Post, The National Geographic Magazine, and Geo Magazine.
He also appeared in several documentaries including Lost treasures of Tibet (Nova, 2003), Mustang: Journey of Transformation (Mill Valley Film Group, 2008), Lost Caves Temples (National Geographic, 2009), Secrets of Shangri-La: Quest for Sacred Caves (National Geographic, 2009), Royames Interdites (RTS Switzerland, 2012), Les Chemins du Silence (RTS Switzerland, 2012), Mustang – Das Tor Zum Himmel im Himalaya (3Sat Germany, 2013), Mustang, El Último Reino Perdido (Es Docu, 2014), Mustang: Le Royaume Des Peintres Paysans (Via Découvertes, 2015).
Currently he is represented by The Art of Wild Gallery (Germany), PhotoEye Gallery (Santa Fe, USA), Streaming Art (The Hague, The Netherlands) and Pandora Gallery (Bangkok, Thailand). He works as a photographer, for Getty Images and The American Himalayan Foundation, and he devotes his time to photography, to painting and to the preservation of the Tibetan culture.