Interview: Flavio Vieri
Luca Curci talks with Flavio Vieri during CANVAS INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2022, at ITSLIQUID ART SPACE – Venice Grand Canal.
Flavio Vieri was born on May 18, 1963, in Florence, Italy. Always passionate about photography, he started working in the Microstock Market, Shutterstock, Istock, Fotolia, etc. but was not very fond of commercial photos, now he uploads his work on Fineartamerica.com From 2021 he participates in fairs and photographic competitions with encouraging results. He likes to image reality in its multidimensional vision using the specular symmetry and the geometry of shapes. He starts by taking a photo and editing it, inserting it in a multidimensional and specular context to amplify its shapes, colors, and meanings. Works suitable for hanging on the wall. Almost all of his works are in series, to chromatically adapt to the decor. Each of his works has a story to tell. One of the most recurrent concepts is that of free will and our infinite number of possible choices. This message, together with others, always of an esoteric or metaphysical nature, shines through and will always shine through in his most loved works.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Flavio Vieri – Each of us hides thoughts, passions, and desires that are the truest part of ourselves. But when we externalize, when we show them to the world in a non-ordinary way, and we manage to arouse a thought, positive or negative it doesn’t matter, but that gives rise to a strong emotion… that for me is art
LC – How important is the editing process in your work? How’s yours?
FV – If by “editing” we mean choosing and selecting only the best works, in this, I am very selective. After taking a series of photographs, I collect them and look at them every day and delete a few, until there are 5-10 left for each group. Then I start working using Photoshop. I try to rotate them, change the colors, to imagine them in a mirror image. To create single photos or sequences of photos that have a story to tell. In fact, if by photo editing we also mean a way to tell a story, I love editing. One of the concepts most recurrent is that of free will. Is there free will? Or is everything already written in our destiny?
LC – Which is the role the artist plays in society? And contemporary art?
FV – An artist feels and sees things and people differently. However, there are those who, perhaps for fear of not being understood and accepted, keep them for themselves, and do not disclose them to the world. And so many artists mean so many visions! In contemporary art this is even more important because the artist can have the role – and the responsibility – of influencing behavior, focusing on themes, characters, or concepts that deserve to be explored.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
FV – Creating something, be it a book, a painting, or a photograph is always very stimulating. In this sense, we are all a bit artists. And if an artist manages to get noticed by art critics and the general public, then it’s better. He begins to hone his qualities and devote much more time to him. But it is difficult, very difficult to get noticed. So, to answer the question, being an artist means having potential that certainly makes you feel good, and makes you feel alive. And this is already gratifying. But being good is not enough. Marketing and social media today are everything. And it’s hard to make a living from your art if no one knows you.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
FV – I start with a photo that after a selection process I will identify as a favorite. But a photo, however beautiful, alone will never be able to express my vision. It is not in the colors, it is not in the geometry of its forms. So it needs to be transformed. And it is this transformation that is the most difficult part. A two-level transformation, spatial and conceptual. The spatial one is the most complicated, also because I love the multidimensionality of spaces, and it is not easy to adapt them to just the two dimensions of a graphic elaboration.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition?
FV – I agree with it 100%. Every artist should have a chance to be able to exhibit his works in important locations at affordable prices and be helped to acquire international visibility on social media. The theme of the exhibition, “Canvas”, which today, in the digital age, has taken on a much more global meaning, I liked it because I found it particularly suitable for a modern representation of my multidimensional creations.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the exhibition’s theme?
FV – As you wrote, “the Canvas” is the common ground of creatives. I have chosen to exhibit 6 works, which try to describe for example the theme of free will, the fascination with the unknown, or the inability to make decisions. All “themed” concepts from a modern point of view.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
FV – Beautiful location and internal organization.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
FV – Certainly, I would recommend it. The staff at all levels were always friendly and professional. And the cost of the exhibition depends on the number and size of the works, so it can be affordable for everyone.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
FV – For an artist who wants to get noticed, the world out there is like a dark forest. ITSLIQUID Group can be that torch that illuminates and makes you visible to the eyes of those looking for you
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