Interview: Carlo Alberto Perillo
Luca Curci talks with Carlo Alberto Perillo during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2021 – 9TH EDITION, at Misericordia Archives.
Carlo Alberto Perillo from Porto Santo Stefano was born in 1963. He runs his Art Studio that presents the artist in his evolution from his first exhibitions in the 80s until today when the artistic maturation added content and strong emotions to his experience. His works pulsate with feelings, sometimes painful and meditative, forcing introspection and a voyage in self-discovery, sometimes they transmit trust in the human being and in his values. His works are shouts, they are exultations, never banal, it seems to listen to them in my ears and to feel them by heart, they are stories told to the sensible observer. According to Carlo Alberto Perillo’s poetics, art continually needs new enthusiasm and new research to become a soul a “joy of creating”, along the path of experimentation, understood as a continuous vanguard. His current style is on a natural linear continuity between past and future with a painting that connotes him as a conscious artist about the need of technical, compositional and chromatic ability in addition to inspiration and creative flair; so each work can become an image of his memory, his emotions and his rich inner world. Appreciated by critics and journalists, in his artistic career he has received several national and international awards, the last of which is the admission to “Vittorio Sgarbi Prize“.
LUCA CURCI – How did you come to your current artistic practice?
CARLO ALBERTO PERILLO – Since I was 10 years old I have been cultivating this passion, which then turned into a profession, encouraged since I was a child by my mother and my doctor, who was a well-known painter of the time and who taught me the first approaches with the oil technique. Then I have not been able to do without painting and creating, from the 80s I opened my first art studio ranging from artistic craftsmanship to trompe-l’oeil, sculpture and digital art, up to modern NFTs.
LC – What are your thoughts while you paint? Do you have habits or rituals while you work?
CAP – While I paint I create ideal comfort, lights, music and tranquillity in the environment; the art piece comes from an inner sensation, taken from an external reality that struck me, or from the sentence of a book, and I listen to the emotions I feel when I visualize them and reproduce them on the canvas.
LC – What artistic themes do you pursue? What’s your favorite topic, if any?
CAP – Topics are magnifying glasses on the events of the world, both social and psychological, they are the deep emotions that I describe in strong images, of the past, present and future.
LC – How do you choose your subjects? Is it a reasoned or instinctive process?
CAP – Subjects’ choice is instinctive, it depends on what I’m experiencing at that moment, the emotion I feel, which precedes the visualization of the work; I usually abstract myself from reality and I already see the finished work.
LC – How do you feel when you see the your completed work?
CAP – Usually satisfied, when I see the materialization of my visualization as born and felt in my mind and in my heart; I feel a strong pleasure looking at the finished work, I remain to observe it, analyze it and feel it for days and days looking for continuous confirmation.
LC – Do You agree with our vision of art and what do you think about festival’s theme?
CAP – The fluid and soft image of art in continuous movement is beautiful, fluidity removes limits and containers from expressiveness, pure love is fluid; the theme itself is fluid and without settings, in full spirit of the festival, putting the lens now on the person, now on his creation, whatever it is.
LC – Can you explain us something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
CAP – We talk about the pain of feelings, the warmth of the soul in the cold of the outside world, the remoteness of something that belongs to us, the true solitude of the human being, the intimate one. The characters suffer, each in a different way.
LC – Did you enjoy collaborating with us?
CAP – As a first experience it was very positive, there was an important comparison and an immediate feeling.
LC – What is your idea of ITSLIQUID GROUP?
CAP – I think that it is a group of enterprising young people and highly trained, experienced professionals able to make a strong contribution to artistic talents.