“I never think about the final result. The most exciting part is to see how it ends”
AT: Where are you from and how/why did you start engaging with art?
GA: I was born in southern Italy, not bad if you are constantly looking for inspiration. Have you ever seen a plate of fluorescent prickly pears? I always thought there is a strange unconscious surrealism there and I start engaging art at school, where my creativity was appreciated for the first time.
AT: When did it become serious?
GA: When of all things experienced was clear that painting was my deepest passion.
AT: Are there any person who has been significant in your breakthrough as an artist?
GA: I graduated in architecture and worked 5 years with Jean Nouvel. He has an artistic approach in everything he does. But then, the greatest luck was working with Francesco Vezzoli.
AT: What is your first approach to the work? How would you describe your practice?
GA: It all starts online. I have a collection of images that I mix until they become mine. I rebuild the image that has completely lost its identity and acquires a new meaning.
Tainted Love, 2018. Ink, oil and transparent paint on canvas, 148x98x4 cm
AT: What do you aim to reach with your work?
GA: Maybe having a cultural influence…
AT: What are your favourite tools and materials for working?
GA: Graphic tablet, internet, printer.
AT: What do you feel while you work? Do you usually think about the final outcome beforehand?
GA: I never think about the final result. The most exciting part is to see how it ends.
AT: How do you understand that a work is finished?
GA: When it’s sold!
“Love don’t make it right” (2019) | 162x130cm, mixed media on canvas
“Onethousand me” (2019) | 150×100 cm, mixed media on canvas
AT: Where does the inspiration for the work come from?
GA: What we have inside is a set of what has been outside, isn’t it?
AT: Are there any artists who influenced your works? Why?
GA: Clyfford Still is my dad, Munch my Grandpa and Warhol my mum: colors-emotions-marketing.
AT: How important is the role of social media for you?
GA: This interview would not exist and a thousand other opportunities. You just have to know how to swim. (How many followers would Van Gogh have?)
“blue selfie”, 162X130 cm | ink on canvas (2020)
“Low Battery”, 2018. ink on canvas, 149 x 98cm.
AT: As an artist, what is your point of view about the contemporary art system?
GA: Some museums have lost their authority while some galleries have gained it. The roles have reversed somewhat. Each city now has its own museum and never before showing what you do has became so easy but without will and ambition, talent is not enough.
AT: What do you find to be the most challenging or daunting thing about pursuing art? What is the most rewarding part of working as an artist?
GA: Art is a mystical aspiration. That is, the most authentic representation that an entire society wanted to give of itself and its scale of values, above wars, economic crises and social-political transformations. Artists are the first influencers in history.
AT: What do you do besides art?
GA: I forget things 😉
AT: What are your goals and expectations for the future?
GA: A lot of likes.