1) What was the first work of art you saw that inspired you to be an artist ?
I became fascinated with art in my early youth when I came across the Impressionist, Vincent Van Gogh and his landscapes paintings. I was drawn to the use of colour and the densely painted impasto texture; that was the initial approach to visual art. Since then, I also think I have been unconsciously influenced by great masters like Picasso and Basquiat.
2) Your higher education is focused on the study of Architecture. Do you feel this formal training occassionally feeds into your paintings ?
Absolutely, it does! The geometrical techniques I had received from architecture & design studies are present in my works and characterize a large part of them in terms of structure and dynamism of the composition. The colors, brush strokes and codes are what I consider “the other soul" of my artistic expression which completes my artistic language.
" The geometrical techniques I had received from architecture & design studies are present in my works and characterize a large part of them in terms of structure and dynamism of the composition. "
3) Where does your fascination for the Cobra, Abstract and Cubist movement come from ?
The Cubists influence represent the closest match to my architectonic sensibility. Abstract reflects my sense of freedom where I can follow my “NO RULES, NO CONSTRICTIONS” ideas. I can go as far as saying, I create my own dimensions where I can enjoy following my own rules. Cobra stands somewhere between abstract and social rebellion, it is a category recognized by an important Curator and Gallerist who is still representing some of my works today.
4) Why have you chosen to dedicate your artistic career to exploring and representing the female universe ?
The subject matter of a woman's universe is the most appropriate subject to express my contradictive personality; where ambition and struggling meet and where sorrow and joy manifest. I guess, a better way to put it is as a visual celebration of the human’s perfect imperfections.
" The subject matter of a woman's universe is the most appropriate subject to express my contradictive personality; where ambition and struggling meet and where sorrow and joy manifest. "
5) Which painting are you most proud of and why ?
Every artwork I produce is a part of me, so I am close to each of them. If it came down to choosing just one, I would say "Enigma" because it is an energetic vision done in an instinctive way. I guess it is an artwork containing all of my features and expressing a significant part of my universe.
6) When are you at your most productive ?
Definitely when my emotions are at their most intense….after comes the need to let them free on a canvas….
7) Tell us about your work space. What is the most unusual thing you keep in your studio ?
My studio is a mess, a kind of creative chaos where i find my order; it's not unusual for me to wake up in the middle of the night and sketch on the main wall the essences of my intuition that, after a while, becomes a painting.
8) Is there anything you dislike about the Art World? What is the hardest thing about being an artist ?
The Art World is a challanging open space where everyone is invited to enjoy the Art but the Art World’s management is a closed circle where often manipulation and targeted commercial operation celebrate or dismiss an artist. The hardest part about being a contemporary artist is just remaining yourself and avoiding accomplishing requests of the market which are sometimes, purely led by trends. In my case, I do not have a friendly attitude when it comes to compromises therefore I believe, I managed to keep my independence and genuinity untouched.
" The hardest part about being a contemporary artist is just remaining yourself and avoiding accomplishing requests of the market which are sometimes, purely led by trends. "