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Interview: Aaron Alamo

Interview: Aaron AlamoImage courtesy of Aaron Alamo

Interview: Aaron Alamo

Luca Curci talks with Aaron Alamo during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2018 at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.

It all began with fungus-covered lemons inside a refrigerator at the age of 11. Aaron Alamo is a Mexican artist that grew up in a single-working mother home. With little to no time for his mother to clean around the house, he became obsessed with the beauty of the micro-organisms that grow on decaying food. For the last 10 years he’s been working on “Vanitas: Not-so-still Life”, a project that shows the destruction of a photograph through time. Inspired by traditional vanitas paintings, with elements that are carefully chosen to give them a modern twist: a skull with orthodontist braces, a bucket of KFC, a plastic cup, etc. The original photographs were created in 2008. They were printed on cotton paper and “treated” with humidity and a culture of fungus in a dark place. The process of decay was photographed every year for the next 10 years creating a series of images of decay and transformation.

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Interview: Leonardo Montoya

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Interview: Leonardo Montoya

Luca Curci talks with Leonardo Montoya during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2018 at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.

Leonardo Montoya was born in Medellin Colombia in 1972. His love for art started as a child and grew stronger with time. At the age of 11, he went to learn the art of drawing and started a workshop in art techniques and the human figure, his passion. Leonardo graduated Valedictorian of his High school graduating class in 1990. Only a year later, he had his first art show in Medellin, Colombia. By 1992, he showed his expertise for art by winning his first mural commission at Las Americas Movie Theater in his hometown of Medellin, which still can be seen today. By 1993, He started to study advertising, and photography at the Eladio Velez Art School. Leonardo worked as an illustrator for medical books for the University of Antioquia and published some comic illustrations for El Colombiano News Paper. In 1998, he moved to FL in the United States pursuing the American dream. He lived for three years in NJ and after 2001 return to FL to lived in Tampa for a little more than a decade. In 2002, Montoya was awarded First Place prize for the Hispanic Heritage poster contest in Tampa, FL and again in 2007. In 2004 and 2011, he won the second place prize for the same contest. In 2010, he returned to NYC to study classical drawing and painting atelier at the Grand Central Academy of Art, a turning point in his work as an artist. Since his arrival in the U.S.A., he has worked prolifically as a freelance artist and being an ambassador of his culture. In 2018 has been a great year for his work, he has the opportunity to be part of an international exhibition in the UEA at the Ras Al Khaimah fine arts festival where he was awarded the Artist of the year title. Also in 2018, he was part of Contemporary Venice in Italy, his first show in Europe. In 2019 his work was the face of the RAK Fine Art Festival in the UAE. Really a big achievement in his purpose to connect with the audience.

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Interview: Vicente Panach

Interview: Vicente Panach Image courtesy of Vicente Panach 

Interview: Vicente Panach

Luca Curci talks with the artist Vicente Panach during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2018 at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.

Vicente Panach was born in Valencia, city with a great light, full of color and with the  freshness of the sea. Since he was a child he went out with his bike to paint, fascinated by his surroundings. Such was the illusion that he found, that he decided to study art. In his work, represented mostly by the landscape and the environment, we can find part of reality and part of fiction, and with it makes direct reference to the symbiosis of people. An entropy that aims to represent visually the union between the physical and the psychic, through light, color and matter. The duality of these two concepts, causes a need to reach a nexus, a goal, a horizon where the human being can find their own soul, and be able to develop their intellectual capacities. That is why there is always a reason, and never an ending. In his pictorial language, we observe contrasts between calm and frenzy, with very soft brush strokes or very aggressive palette knifes. Everything generates an atmosphere that moves with the rhythm of his life, and together, generates a series of works with a lot of personal weight. From a deep analysis of reality and transcending with a strong abstraction, Panach aims to offer the viewer an inside view of the humans, through the interior of nature. He works in various artistic fields, mostly in the visual arts, especially painting, and for a while, have been introducing sculpture in his daily activity, developing projects of visual dimensionality, and whose language resides between geometry and asymmetry, to create visual universes , and obtain as a result all kinds of unreal landscapes. His objective is to expose to the world, that the dimensions in reality are a consequence of the personal state of the human being, and that they are born from within, sometimes controlled and sometimes not, which makes us think about our origin and our fate. Working daily in his studios, he’s developing projects along with other related activities.

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Interview: Maria Chrisoulakis

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Interview: Maria Chrisoulakis

Luca Curci talks with Maria Chrisoulakis during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2018 at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.

Maria Chrisoulakis is a 21 years old self-taught Tasmanian artist who specialises in portraiture and figurative pieces using a combination of graphite and charcoal as her medium. At the age of 21 Maria has exhibited in Melbourne, Sydney and has had three international exhibitions in Canada, New York and Italy. She draws her creativity and inspiration from people as she loves how versatile the human figure is regarding its capability of portraying many diverse representations. Maria creates art purely because she holds a deep passion and love for it, it is her own therapeutic expression of an experience or emotion.

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Interview: Melissa Gamez

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Interview: Melissa Gamez

Luca Curci talks with Melissa Gamez during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2018 at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.

Melissa Gamez is engaged in all aspects of visual design and image making, but is focused on image manipulation, mixed media, and digital collage. She is an assistant professor in the New Media Design and Interior Architecture and Design departments at Queens University. With a background in environmental design and computer visualization, she is also the principal designer at Gamez Creative in Charlotte, North Carolina, a graphic and web design company that creates visual solutions for branding, layout, photography, illustration, packaging, social media, and animation.
She has worked both nationally and internationally in the fields of architecture, video games, television commercials, photography, graphic design, web design, and academia. Her work can be seen in national advertising campaigns for M&M Mars, Tropicana, Bayer, Hallmark, and Clorox Bleach created by Will Vinton Studios (now Laika) and in gaming environments created by Electronic Arts/Westwood Studios in Las Vegas.

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Interview: Claudia Sandra Luca, artist name KlodiN

Interview: Claudia Sandra Luca, artist name KlodiNImage courtesy of KlodiN

Interview: Claudia Sandra Luca, artist name KlodiN

Luca Curci talks with the artist KlodiN during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2018 at Misericordia Archives.

Born in Timisoara, Romania, 1983. Self taught. Architect. Solo and group exhibitions starting with 2009. Member of Romanian Union of Visual Artists (UAP), Romanian Order of Architects (OAR) and Mensa Romania.

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interview: Corinne RZ Photographie

Interview: Corinne RZ Photographie
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Interview: Corinne RZ Photographie

Luca Curci talks with Corinne RZ photographie during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2018 at Misericordia Archives 

For me, the joy of photography is the exhilarating feeling acquired from the unique sensation of having captured a magic moment in time and then being able to immortalize and share it! However, this is often only a subjective and ultimately very personal sensation that can be shared with very few people, if any. The mark of an accomplished photographer is the ability to emotionally connect to the greater number through his work. I prefer to risk sacrificing the rigid rules of pure technique and rather embrace the freedom of fantasy that the art of photography allows us to reveal, as long as the desired emotion I wish to convey is still evident !..

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