Art, Writing, // November 8, 2015
Claudio Parentela — ARTIST/WRITER
Interview with artist/writer Claudio Parentela —
1. Who are you and what do you do?
I am Claudio Parentela, a visual artist and journalist freelance…. I live in Italy … in South Italy …. I do this wonderful work since over 20 years ….I paint, I create collages, installations. I also shoot a lot of photography, crazy videos, tons of illustrations, comics, etc.
2. Why art?
Oh… I feel completely absolutely free only when I’m amongst my “artistic things” and in my studio, with my photos, my papers, my colours, my glue, my scissors, my ropes, tapes, plastics, all my 1000 things I found around in the city. It’s been difficult to arrive here where I’m now but it’s a wonderful continuous magical journey, every moment and every day.
3.What is your earliest memory of wanting to be an artist?
Since I was a kid I drew strange beings with big eyes.I always drew terrible and long battles amongst these beings. I drew always eyes, eyes and again eyes. I don’t know why, perhaps I’ve always been interested in the study of the human soul.
4. What are your favorite subject(s) and media(s)?
I love fashion, high, low, weird fashion. Underground comics too, but really I don’t think to have and to love a particular favourit subject. I love to play with all in my creations, with all I feel, I watch, I smell. I drew and painted for years, only in black and white with tons of black indian ink. Then, I needed colors, the colors of new materials to know myself again. I like to experiment and reinvent myself again and again and again … to decompose me … to tie and untie myself in knots and then to knot them again and again ….
5. How do you work and approach your subject?
The subject approaches me instantly, magically, every day. When I have my music, all my things all around me, all happen magically in a fantastic shamanic trance. Every day when I’m in my studio, I program absolutely nothing. I’ve no idea of what I’ll do, but in few moments all flows magically on the paper.
6. What are your favorite art work(s), artist(s)?
I love all the artists of all the times. Every artist has a wonderful gift to give, every artist’s work is unique and unrepeatable. I love Pablo Picasso, all his art, pure light and beauty.
7. What are the best responses you have had to your work?
During all these years, many years really, all good responses and results. Many many different things done, collaborations, shows. Always wonderful experiences and always fantastic people encountered.
8. What do you like about your work?
The total freedom that I have. I feel free only so, when I create, and when I can express myself in my art.
9. What advice would you give to other artists?
To be and to continue to be, and try to be themselves. It’s so important, and then to have fun to have fun to have fun . . .
10.where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?
I’ll be a cook on Mars.
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