Marco Pariani's gorgeous abstract, large-scale paintings are fresh, bright, and just the right amount of raw. Based between Milan and Brooklyn, he is inspired by the city and by other artists, in particular with observations of society. In his statement he writes that these are "situations and realities that make me shake my head and make me sometimes ashamed to be part of a society often ruthless, selfish and pretentious." Using bright color and a mix of oil, acrylic, and spray paint, he confronts the canvases viscerally, expressing in paint his observations of the circus of everyday life.
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For a little background, tell me about yourself! I know you're Italian and are currently splitting your time between Brooklyn and Milan. What first interested you in making art? Where did you attend school, and what was your education experience like?
I live between Brooklyn and Italy, but now I’m in Italy because I asked for an artistic visa to come back in Brooklyn and stay for two or three years. I lived in Brooklyn during June and July 2016 but maybe on March-April 2017 I might come back -- I hope as soon as possible because I love Brooklyn. So much inspiration, good vibes and a lot of amazing artists and exhibitions.
Does your time spent between Brooklyn and Milan influence your work?
Italy is a beautiful place. I grew up here, but now, for this “job” it isn’t beautiful. The people are close, and I want to live in one place where the people have a open mind.
By when I was child I was drawing and I used my hands for all; I love getting my hands dirty, and during the Artistic school (when I was teenager) I understood that my way was painting.
When I started the painting course at Academy of Fine Arts of Brera in Milan I was fascinated by the big size paintings, and now there are 10 years that I have worked on big sizes.
I am really drawn to your expressive color palette and the vivid, raw application of the paint. Can you tell me a bit about your process? How do you get started on a piece, and do you plan ahead or work spontaneously?
I love to use the colors. I started with oil painting but now I use acrylics and spray paints. I put the colors on canvas with some shapes to create a history about contemporary society, and I like to create hard contrast and work on different layers.
What is your studio like? How much time do you typically spend there?
I have one little studio here in Italy. It’s a old garage, so little but so “hot”, because I work all day here and I have two walls completely covered by colors and canvases. I paint 5-6 hours by day, because now, for one painter, part of the work is to share pictures, create a blog, a website, take some pictures of the works, working on the pictures, study others languages and bla bla bla… I prepare the canvases by hands, because I like the layers that I create before starting to paint with colors, and I like to draw and paint on paper. I create some big works on paper and some sketchbooks, one of those was published this year in 50 copies.
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?
The painter’s life, it’s too hard, because there isn’t money to live the life without concern, but I love my artistic life because I’m free. I like the moment when I’m in front of a new canvas and I have a lot of ideas and good vibes, and when I starting to paint, and I see the colors created that I have in my mind. I think that those moments are most rewarding part of my work, and I forget all the dark sides of life.
What or who inspires or influences you?
The painters, the exhibition or the places that inspire me or my works are a lot. I have inspiration everywhere and all day, by social media, by TV, by the people, by the sky, by my history, by society, by books and bla bla bla… But one thing that I have in my heart, it’s the amazing sensation that great painting is created in me when I go to see beautiful exhibitions. I imagine the painter in front of the canvas with his vibes and his passion and his dirty clothes.
Find more at marcopariani.it!
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