Can you tell me a little bit about you?
I’m 29. I was born in Italy from an Italian father and a Spanish mother. I live and work in Venice. I studied painting here. I’m (almost) lost, with some Friends, in a time bubble (Venice).
When did you first discover art, or realize you wanted to make it yourself?
When I saw the Masaccio opera in Florence.
What do you like most about working where you do?
Venice is steady over time, or perhaps out of time.
What ideas are you exploring in your practice?
The dual nature of the human being. And magic.
What is your process like?
I look for images, in the history of art, in alchemy and physics books. I work with many small paintings at the same time, and if I have a new idea for a big painting, I’ll finish it in two / three weeks.
Is there any subject or theme you’ve been particularly interested in lately?
I observe the great works of the past, especially the Pre-Renaissance, the mystery behind these images.
What is the strangest thing you’ve ever had to do for art?
Follow my professor for 8 years.
Do you have a day job or other work that you split your time between?
I work in a theater one and a half hours at night… not always. It’s not bad.
Do you have a mentor, or a piece of advice (or both), which has influenced your practice?
Roberto Baggio… or my professor.
What does it mean to you to have a “community?”
Art is connections and these are found in communities, but not only there. The community is when the borders disappear
Do you have any routines or rituals in the studio that get you into the mode or mindset to make your work?
I paint about every day, from 4 to 8 hours. I listen to music and sometimes I dance alone
How significant has attending art school been on your practice?
It meant almost everything
What do you find most daunting, challenging, or frustrating about pursuing art?
‘The accumulation of possibilities’ frightens and excites. This is what drives me to be part of it.
How would you define “success” in art?
When a work stimulates the deepest imagination
What is the most exciting thing you’ve done or accomplished so far, related to your work?
An exhibition in my studio/house during the inauguration of the Venice Biennale. Concluded with the drunken people who ate mussels “cooked” by a drunken sailor. Or even: in a while I will be in Mexico for a month with ‘not very serious people,’ for some exhibitions around the country.
Are you involved in any collaborative or self-organized projects?
What are you working on right now?
A personal exhibition in a gallery in Verona, Italy. And a collective “Figolammerda2” in a space in Venice