Source: artego

Country: ITALY

Source: ARTEGO

excerpt from the official article:

The interview

[Alisia Viola]: How is your work born?
[Cesare Catania]: “My works generally arise from moments of everyday life. Initially they were conceived after a phase of introspection, but now they can be born simply during a dinner with friends. Let’s say that over the years I’ve learned to recognize an artistic inspiration from a feeling, up until now I was never able to separate art from life, even though today I’m still strongly convinced that the two are the same thing.”
What are your references in the art world? “I don’t have specific references; great masters such as Leonardo Da Vinci, from whom I tried to take up the compositional rigour, eclectic figures such as Picasso, from whom I drew on the deformation of reality by looking at it from different perspectives, certainly influenced my journey. Any art form that can be defined as such excites me and could affect my work.” Yours is a world where science and art create a perfect union. You often claim to prepare your works as real projects and static studies… “Let’s say that the artistic expression in my case takes place after a process of sedimentation of the inspiration and the emotion that generated it. In this maturation process, which can last a few days or a few weeks, drawing sketches and preparatory sketches helps me. In the case of a sculpture this process is absolutely natural and common, if you think about it, the sculptor must necessarily produce a sketch before creating a work. In the case of painting, however, this process is not intrinsic. When I make 3D paintings, I conceive them with exactly the same manufacturing process as the sculptures; I study not only the aesthetic part of the work but also the physical and static one, in order to guarantee, for example, that the plaster or the silicone remain permanently fixed on the canvas.” How important do you think the past is for imagining and building the future? “The past is our Curriculum Vitae for everyone; it teaches us how to improve in the future and build it in the best way. Without a past there would be no what we call the present and all that will come later. Such knowledge allows us to better understand our thinking in the current context. The study of the past is also essential to understand the direction you want to go.” Thinking about your works, Arlecchino immediately comes to mind, a figure whose first appearance dates back to the 12th century and which you have reinterpreted and revisited in a contemporary and futuristic key. Who could Harlequin be today? “Harlequin could be anyone. He was comical and dramatic at the same time, a multifaceted character. Perhaps for this reason he has been taken up by countless artists and painters of the past. Just think of Picasso and Cézanne. In the course of my life I have created four physical works and two digital works depicting Harlequin. For me the image of him fully represents mankind, a man full of dreams, desires, rich in facets and at the same time embodies the life of each individual that I could define as tragic-comic. ” Painting and sculpture have always represented your mediums par excellence. When did you decide to also use digital as a means of expression? “I have been using digital art as a means of expression for several years to support my artistic projects. The transition from digital art as a support tool to absolute digital art and therefore to the creation of NFT works occurred in a totally natural and spontaneous way. I don’t place boundaries and limits on my incessant need to tell; I continue to experiment with various expressive mediums. right now in particular I enjoy both material art, the tangible one, and tokens, digital works. They are two experiences and two different emotions. It is important to know how to choose carefully when to use one and when the other.”