Alan Stefanato

Alan Stefanato

Tell me a little bit about you!

I am Italian, I am 25 years old (and my English is disgusting!). I think I am quite polite and shy.

When did you first discover art, or realize you wanted to make it yourself?

My mother let me draw, I think to make me feel comfortable. I have changed a lot over the years.

You use beautiful colors in your paintings, sometimes repeatedly. Do you choose colors for any specific reason?

Thank you! Colors are always a battle for me, they go through periods. If in a period I try to use colors not suitable for that moment, nothing good comes out. So I think I do not choose the colors myself. Not always.

What is your process like?

When I start painting I never know where I'll end up. This is also part of my research.

Do you have a mentor, or a piece of advice (or both), which has influenced your practice?

I remember one particular piece of advice: to change the shape and size of the brush. Strange as advice, but useful.

Describe your studio.

Very beautiful!

What do you find most daunting, challenging, or frustrating about pursuing art?

The most discouraging thing is probably to think that there is the possibility of not being able to live out of one's own passion. But at the same time it is the passion itself that makes you alive...

What do you do when you find yourself in a creative rut?

I have fun.

What do you love most about your medium? What challenges or surprises you most about it?

The unpredictability

What is the most important thing to you as an artist?

The most important thing is certainly freedom, even if it is not always the case, most of the time you feel like a prisoner of your own work. More important still, I think it is possible to clearly follow one's own inner change in the form of an image. I believe that anyone who makes art has a better self-awareness -- at least this is my hope.

What keeps you creating?

Nothing, and sometimes life itself.

Find more at alanstefanato.com and on Instagram @alanstefanato!

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