What is the work you created that you loved the most so far?
It is an old picture of the ’80s. The title was ‘The suicide of the painter’. I had painted a cliff with a beautiful sky. And at that moment I thought – in a metaphorical sense – that after doing such a beautiful work I might throw myself off that cliff.
In the 70’s when the political climate was difficult, Art found expression in the murals. It accompanied in fact marches and slogans. Those were times that required an active, external participation. How did you experience them and what has changed since then? Isn’t there a global demand for protest today? Why has Art found peace instead?
For me and for all my generation the 70s were years of cultural, artistic, social and political sharing. They were difficult moments, nice and difficult at the same time. With my skills and my work I tried to contribute creatively to the changes of society I was witnessing. Since then things have not changed much. There are some artists who respond to this need for protest against the system directly, without filters. Instead, there are people, like me, who answer the problems of contemporary man with poetry and metaphorical language, made up of exhortations to reflect and find solutions to live in harmony with the world and things around us.
What is the position of Italy in Contemporary Art nowadays? Is there still a Europe charmed by Italian Art? (By the current one I mean).
As for the Italian Contemporary Art I think we are overly attached to foreign things. Everything that comes from outside seems to be more important. It is time instead of enhancing Italian artists and the Italian Art of my generation, those of the past and the future.
What would you recommend to a young man or woman who wants to start a career today? Is it possible to reconcile the needs of daily life and free artistic expression?
I would recommend them to keep up with the news about what’s happening in contemporary art today. Going to exhibitions, reading professional journals, travelling if possible and working hard. You can reconcile the two things, although it is difficult. Ideally they should find a job that supports their activity as an artist, at least in the beginning.
You can live off Art, but it depends on the market. If the market does not respond, you have to find sustenance in other activities, preferably related to Art.