Interview: Claudio Detto
Luca Curci talks with Claudio Detto, honourable mention of ITSLIQUID International Contest – 11th edition.
Claudio Detto is one of the honourable mention of the 11th Itsliquid International Contest. Born in Milan on August 28, 1950, led towards free drawing from an early age, a self-taught painter, he made his debut in the mid-70s with pictorial tributes dedicated to the great masters of the 20th century, such as Morandi, Modigliani, and De Chirico. After that period he put his brushes aside and stopped his university studies to devote himself entirely to work. A company manager not yet thirty years old, he has worked for many years in the financial and commercial sectors. In 1997 he founded his own company operating in the sale and rental of industrial machinery. His love for art and for painting, in particular, exploded in the 90s when he began to collect works by Italian artists of the twentieth century. Having sold the company he founded, he regains possession of his time by dedicating himself to that old passion. Somehow the need to reveal himself. He discovers in abstract and informal painting a means to express his visions and his moods. His painting is instinctive, rarely designed and the innate sense of color placed on the canvas with a deliberate or casual stroke expresses his desire to arouse emotions in those who observe his works. He has participated in numerous awards and exhibited works in Italy and abroad.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Claudio Detto – Art? I think the answer is the same for all artists or aspiring artists: it is passion, necessity, escape, a means of communication is the visual expression of who we are. We are surrounded by art created by nature or by man, the problem is knowing how to see it and this depends on our sensitivity and our emotions. Art is such if it reaches the heart and soul through our eyes. If one of my works manages to excite the viewer then I have achieved my goal and it can be defined as art.
LC – What are you currently working on?
CD – I am preparing a personal exhibition at the Palazzo delle Arti in Bassano del Grappa from 6 to 20 May next. About 30 works will be presented at the exhibition and will be presented by Salvo Nugnes, the art curator and journalist. During this period I will also be present at some group exhibitions in Rome, Ostia, Jesolo, and Art Genova.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
CD – Perhaps finding the right moment to create that work, in addition to finding the right chromatic balance and making sense of the sign even if it is instinctive and dynamic.
LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
CD – Mine is a self-taught background that has always been in love with art and in particular with painting. I have not had the opportunity to study art or to attend courses or have the guidance of a master, I dedicated my life to work and I resumed painting after 40 years from the first works in practice after having sold my company and after having taken possession of my time. My painting was certainly influenced by the masters of the 1900s, the first oil works of the years 74-75 were homages to Morandi, De Chirico, and Modigliani. When I got closer to painting I discovered the abstract and the informal, I feel this painting is more mine. As I said, the style has changed, I have passed over time from figurative to abstract and I have begun to admire Turcato Vedova, Schifano, Rothko, Rauschenberg, Pollock, and so on. I like to change trying different styles and different materials, I find it not very creative to have a single painting style by changing only the colors or the strokes.
LC – Which is the role the artist plays in society? And contemporary art?
CD – The role of the artist and therefore of art in society is like that of sport: it must unite, it does not have and must not have political, ideological, ethnic, or religious barriers. Everyone admires beauty and beauty belongs to everyone. Contemporary art sometimes goes further and personally, I am not excited to look at a banana or a bathroom vase. Traditional pictorial art, to be clear canvas and brush, sees its limits in proposing new styles or techniques, everything has already been thought out and created, so artistic expression has turned to technology to evolve. These new artistic expressions require technical knowledge that not everyone possesses.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
CD – Inspiration often comes to me at night during an awakening, although I rarely develop it the next day. I hardly ever prepare a work, I usually put myself in front of the blank canvas for several minutes then I choose the colors and the rest comes by itself. It often happens that the canvas does not call me so I put it all away or to overcome the moment I make small figurative work. My painting is instinctive, the work forms itself, I look for the stroke, the sign, the nuance, and almost always the final result is different and far from the initial idea. I am very critical of myself, I am never satisfied and it is not uncommon that when I look at work, later on, I lose my hand by correcting it.