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Interview: Michele Tombolini

Interview: Michele TomboliniImage courtesy of Michele Tombolini

Interview: Michele Tombolini

Luca Curci talks with Michele Tombolini during ANIMA MUNDI FESTIVAL 2019 – RITUALS at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi.

Venice, 1963. Michele Tombolini‘s research ranges in different disciplines, from painting to sculpture, to installations and to performance.  His initial pictorial style originates from an introspective research that has in instinct its most strong characteristic with a material style which is inspired by the great masters of the twentieth century, from Picasso to the great upheavals of the transavantgarde.  During his participation to Personal Structures, at the 2013 Venice Biennale, with a video; Michele Tombolini put the foundations for a change by turning his perspective towards an increasingly conceptual approach with a deeper focus on social matters.  In 2014 the artist moved to Berlin where he realized Butterfly, an interactive mural created on the facade of a building in the centre of East Berlin. The monumental artwork, h.20 m, fitted into the context of the international Indelible Marks project, aimed at raising public awareness of the great problem of child prostitution and child abuse in the world. Butterfly, depicting a girl with a mouth closed by a plaster but with blue butterfly wings, represents the beginning of a revolution in the artist’s language in which an element of positivity, represented by bright colours, is inserted in contrast to the greyness of the city, the degradation and social problems that characterize the great metropolises.  The artist’s new artistic path is characterized by an approach to the image that can be defined as Pop, while maintaining a level of reading that carries a marked interest in social dynamics, the Social Pop.  The artist lives and works between Venice and Oslo.

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Interview: Shafaq Ahmad

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Interview: Shafaq Ahmad

Luca Curci talks with Shafaq Ahmad during ANIMA MUNDI FESTIVAL 2019 – RITUALS at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi.

Shafaq Ahmad was born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. After she left Pakistan Ahmad lived in the United Kingdom, Iran and Denmark before settling down in the United States. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia in 1991 and a Master of Fine Art degree from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas in 2011. She worked as an art glass designer from 1995 to 2003 and collaborated with several art glass studios in Czech Republic and Sweden. She designed art glass for Barovier and Toso Czech Republic for 8 years. Her art glass designs are in private collections in many countries. Presently, she works as a multimedia artist using, photography, painting, printmaking, sculpture, digital images and mixed media on site installations. Ahmad has participated in many solo and over 70 group exhibitions in the USA, United Kingdom, Pakistan, Japan, Czech Republic, Germany, Israel, Italy and United Arab Emirates. Her work is a part of permanent collections at the Sharjah Department of Art and Culture in the United Arab Emirates, Museum of Geo-metric and Madi Art in Dallas, Texas, Mercedes Benz Daimler Financial, Corporate Headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas and other institutions. Ahmad’s work has been included in 101 Contemporary Artists, Art Voices magazine, Studio Visit magazine, Islamic Arts Magazine, Emel magazine, Art Now Pakistan, Dallas Art Review, Star Telegram, Libas Magazine, Valassko, Vlastivedna Revue, VAIA, bont VOOR BINNEN, and Ceramic & Glass, among other publications.

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Interview: Kazuhiro Inomata

Interview: Kazuhiro Inomata
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Interview: Kazuhiro Inomata

Luca Curci talks with Kazuhiro Inomata during VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2019 at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi.

1967: Kazuhiro Inomata was born in Japan Joetsu city Niigata. After three years of training since graduating from high school, I took over the family business and started working as a craftsman. While working as a craftsman, I discovered beauty in the art of Kumiko and started marking art works using the technique of Kumiko. Many of my Kumiko works use a combination of curved lines and space, a daring design that is not restricted by tradition. Recently I have been challenging myself with three-dimensional expression of Kumiko, and I have been actively exhibiting my Kumiko works at many of the art exhibitions. I am now looking deeper into the possibility of Kumiko art.

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Interview: Clara Céna

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Interview: Clara Céna

Luca Curci talks with Clara Céna during THE BODY LANGUAGE 2019 at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space. 

My father studed in the arts school and he was my mentor, I begun to paint and later I made argentic or digital photography. I live in the north of France, and I made a lot of photographies from people and musiciens. Then I lived near Paris.  I attented the School of Fine Arts in Lille, France: drawing classes with the painter Roger Frézin and I studed also at School of Visual Arts in Lille: watercolor, gouache, acrylic.

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Interview: Eliska Dordova

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Interview: Eliska Dordova
Luca Curci talks with Eliska Dordova during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2018 at Misericordia Archives.

Eliška Dordová is a devoted paiter from Czech Republic. She gains inspiration in her everyday life and transfigures all her emotions and experiences onto a canvas. As she stood up to many difficulties concerning her family the more recent paintings outcome in darker tones and reveal bits of her broken dreams. But yet she came up with the unique new art style she calles “Kalism” as it is made with the amazing art technique she invented too and this is more or less monochromatic. Despite that her paintings yet have certain powerful appeal that provens her strenght and will to walk on. The dreamer she is at heart, she paints lands of dreams and wonder trusting that things will be better. Her dreamlands paintings gets colors to find herself and her confidence and freedom.  She gained her Master Degree at University of Ostrava in Czech Republic at Art / Pedagogical Department, while her university degree she studied two semesters at University of Patras in Greece at Art / Pedgogical Department. She also studied art in Poland and USA.  She held lot of her own author art exhibitions in United Kingdom, Spain, Greece, Poland, Czech Republic. And she also participated in group art exhibitions in Italy, France, UK, Spain, Poland, Greece, Czech Republic, USA. She gaind scholarships, prizes, grants, awards, and worked on many art projects. Her art work participates in many collections all over the world.

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Interview: Hind Chaouat

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Interview: Hind Chaouat

Luca Curci talks with Hind Chaouat during THE BODY LANGUAGE 2019 at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi.

Born in Fes (Morocco) in 1979. Lives and works between Casablanca, Paris and Rio. In December 2016 Hind Chaouat made the video “Flawlessness”, which denounces violence against women; The video has been displayed worldwide and won several prestigious awards: Silver Dubai Lynx 2017 / Silver Loeries Johanesbourg / 3 x Gold African Crystal Festival 2017 / Gold Effie Awards Mena 2017 Dubai / Silver LIA 2017 London. Hind Chaouat is also a committed artist in the deployment of a work that destabilizes codes and popular beliefs. At the borders of art photography, advertising and fashion, the artist blurs the tracks like her mentors, the artists Pierre & Gilles and David LaChapelle. Growing up as a polyglott child, she’s been granted an education that focused on sensory and kinesthetic methods. Graduated from Icart Photo of the EDH Group in Paris, Hind Chaouat also holds a Master AES from the University of Social Sciences of Toulouse.

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Interview: Sonya Pancucci

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Interview: Sonya Pancucci

Luca Curci talks with Sonya Pancucci during VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2019 at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi.

My name is Sonya Pancucci and I am a lifelong learner. As a child and teenager I spent numerous hours drawing and painting to perfect my skills ultimately creating an 8’x12′ oil painting mural that was displayed at the entrance of my high school for 20-years. I studied at Nancy McLean Studios for a number of years and I have currently rejoined her new artists’ collective called the Hamilton Mountain Artists’ Collective. In 2016 I had major surgery and as part of my recovery I participated in art therapy with teachers Colette Verrier who instructed me in watercolour theory and Flora Spencer who taught drawing. I have been painting almost one watercolour per day to develop my abilities and I have begun working in oils as well.

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