Richy Kandasamy’s international background provides the foundation for his distinctive and imaginative use of color and technique.

A native of the exotic Seychelles islands, Kandasamy and his use of color are inspired by the tropics and a Polyethnic culture. His disciplined mastery of color technique was acquired and refined in the Florence, where his career flourished over eight years as he rose at TIGI from the salon to the Technical Director of the first TIGI Academy in Italy. Kandasamy’s role with the company led up to the launch of TIGI Copyright Colour, where his contributions played an important role in the successful development and implementation of the product line throughout Europe.

In 2008, Kandasamy’s professional journey took him to the United Kingdom to focus and assist in the on-going development of the TIGI Copyright Colour line and the company’s educational programs. In his new role as TIGI UK Technical Director, he continued to teach at the TIGI Academy in Italy and throughout Europe — implementing and presenting color technique and courses, as well as actively contributing in photo shoots, collection videos and TIGI Global Shows with Anthony Mascolo, TIGI’s International Creative Director. “Richy is a really strong member of our team,” said Mascolo. “He’s a gifted technician, with great ideas and imagination. He also works very closely with the hairdressers to develop total images for our collection.”

Kandasamy currently works at the TIGI Academy in New York. In his role as U.S. Technical Director, Kandasamy continues to push the boundaries of color technique and creativity. “For me inspiration is everywhere — whether it’s urban, tropical or Italian hillside — it’s how you interpret and process all those influences that turns it into art.”

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