Italian, B. 1981
Pop-Classicism, 2021 ●
11 ¾ × 16 ⅞ × 9 ¾ in
I have loved art from an early age. I was lucky to be born and raised in a family in which this was a shared passion; ever since I was a child, I have had the opportunity to visit galleries and exhibitions. I believe that my works today are the sum of many flashes of inspiration, emotions, and thoughts that emerged while I was standing in front of various authors' artworks.
However, if I would have to pin down specific artists who have had a profound influence on my visual language and in particular on my relationship with color, I have to mention Ugo Rondinone and his colorful sculptures, as well as Yves Kein. The use of monochromes and this particular intense blue was certainly an inspiration for my works. I still remember perfectly what I felt when I was standing in front of Klein’s works: this very strong sensation of wanting to reach out and touch them. They had and still have an almost hypnotic effect on me. When talking about color, I can also not fail to mention some of the historic artists that I have always loved, such as the Italians Fontana and De Chirico.
My latest works, in which I played with form by stacking neoclassical heads, are the result of my artistic experimentation and a profound part of my evolution as an artist.
In my artistic research I push to reinvent the classical characters that are part of our history by transforming them into something contemporary – a kind of reinvention of the neoclassical. I like the idea of them coming alive in our current time and becoming associated with contemporary dynamics.
If they were part of our story today - how would they be perceived?
In some of my artworks I have carved out contemporary words to reinforce this contrast and my ‘Neoclassic Pop’ approach.
I have always believed that it is important to recognize the "truth" in messages that come from the past and I want to reaffirm and update these messages through a new visual language.