Local artist expresses something that's a part of him in work at Short North gallery

About 34 years ago, Tommaso Ciaffoncini moved to Columbus from Italy and started his own design firm. Through the years, Ciaffoncini said he's designed “about everything there is to design.”

He has maintained a studio art practice as well, working in painting and sculpture (lately focusing more exclusively on painting). But just because it's not his job, he refuses to call art a hobby.

“That's like saying that expressing yourself, your feelings or ideas, by talking, is a hobby. If you do art, you have a need to express something. The art is a part of you,” Ciaffoncini said in an interview at Marcia Evans Gallery in the Short North, where his work is on exhibit alongside that of Annette Poitau, Barbara Mink and Jesse Mireles in the gallery's “Summer Show of Abstracts III.”

His work is probably best described as abstract expressionism. Ciaffoncini said that painting brings something out from inside himself, though he is often moved to create “for reasons that are not always completely clear.”