Interview: Heinz Marzohl
Luca Curci talks with Heinz Marzohl during CANVAS INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2022, at ITSLIQUID ART SPACE – Venice Grand Canal.
For 34 years, Heinz Marzohl had his own renowned company in Switzerland for lettering technology, digital printing, and graphic design and employed more than 30 people. In his professional activity, he designed countless brand logos, lettering concepts, and art graphics for industrial buildings. In 2007 he handed over the company to his two daughters to have more time for his artistic work. His profound knowledge of reprography, typography, serigraphy, materials, and colour theory was a valuable springboard for him to enter the world of art painting. Since 1992, he has designed countless sketches and studies for pictures. From these were then created with much dedication profound, most powerful, colourful paintings on canvas. Many of these works show personal, touching experiences or lines of force and forms from nature, which often remind of primaeval cave paintings. Representations of later works by the Swiss artist Heinz Marzohl were inspired by cracks and shades on rocky cliffs of stormy seashores. After many years, this search for living lines and forms has led to an independent, unmistakable visual language. Painted on canvas with beautiful colour compositions, the archaic traces became enchanting, touching pictorial worlds.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Heinz Marzohl – For me, art, related to painting, is a wonderful way to communicate among people on a spiritual level. My pictures are not copies of what already exists, they are visualized feelings, memories, dreams, and inspirations from nature. My shapes, lines, and colour compositions should surprise, touch, delight, and amaze the viewers. Also, the amazing cave paintings were already realized by our ancestors over 30,000 years ago according to this principle.
LC – What’s your background?
HM – For 34 years I had my own renowned company in Switzerland for lettering technology, digital printing, and graphic design and employed more than 30 people. In my professional activity, I designed countless brand logos, lettering concepts, and art graphics for industrial buildings. In 2007 I handed over the company to my two daughters to have more time for my artistic work. The profound knowledge of reprography, typography, serigraphy, materials, and colour theory was a valuable springboard for me to enter the world of art painting.
LC – What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
HM – In my decades-long design of brands and graphics, I learned as much as possible to say with the simplest possible symbolism. Highlighting by omitting… just abstraction.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artwork?
HM – To compress an idea or memory into thoughts in such a way that a simple, living, poignant symbolism is created. A mental work that often lasts weeks or months.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
HM – It’s often a roller coaster ride between euphoria and self-doubt. Here we are again at the question of what art is and who is an artist. Is spraying paint on a canvas already art or Is provocation in word and picture also art? For me, art has to do with beauty, aesthetics, and spiritual edification. In my opinion, art is also the opportunity or duty not to waste the received talent. In other words, art gives meaning to my life.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
HM – My style hasn’t changed much. I have experimented with various media and painting techniques over the years, but the wish and the goal are still the same as described in point one.
LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this event? How is it connected to the theme of the entire exhibition?
HM – Since I have been painting on CANVAS for over 30 years, this theme suits me perfectly.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition?
HM – Since they have chosen me to participate at their fair, I think their vision is perfect. And as I said, the theme also suits me.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event? What are your suggestions about our services?
HM – Their employees were always helpful and accommodating. Because I haven’t been to the fair in person yet, I can’t judge their organization yet. It would be nice if current pictures of the fair could be seen immediately on its website.
LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
HM – What ITSLIQUID GROUP offers and does for artists is great. Thank you very much. At the moment I don’t know what could be even better.