Interview: Helio Boechat Serodio
Luca Curci talks with Helio Boechat Serodio during VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2021, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
I was born in Brazil, 1966, in Rio and now I am German as well. I was always drawing and making music. I’ve been living in Europe and New York (4 Years) for more than 25 years. In this space of time the intensity of colors and emotions and the way to see things like a Brazilian never left me. If you spend time sourcing for answers about the most important things for the Humanity on Earth you will have to turn your eyes to the stars. The questions for me is, what is life anyway? My newest work are based on this Question. Fron microcosm to the macrocosm. The similarity between the circumstances that create life on earth and the Galaxien are undeniable. life is everywhere and it is movement because is energy. A energy that exists beyond our biological life.
Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
Helio Boechat Serodio – I was born and grew up in Rio de Janeiro and I came to Germany when I was 27 years old. Born as 8th son, the youngest one, in a family with no artistic background of any kind. I had to fight my way into the arts. My family wanted me to make “something useful” so I went to the University of Economics but all my attention was to Music and the arts. I made it to the Conservatory Villa Lobos in Rio at 15. Studied Musical theory and Classical guitar first. The impulse to draw was always there. First with the pencil, black and white. At the age of 10 I began to abstract! Strange, fantasy creatures and abstraction of the human body. Nobody understood! An art degree was out of question for my family and in Brazil, there was a dictatorship. There is no place for artists in a dictatorship! So I fought the dictatorship. Fell in love and came to Germany with a University sponsorship for the Economic University. I tried to change to Music. Composition and fine arts, but they did not let me change. So I left the University and founded my Jazztrio. I just have enough money space and time to begin to painting, oil on canvas, when was at the age of 29.
LC – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
HBS – Every new work brings me a little further. There is a philosophy behind my work. I think a lot about the beginning of everything. Life, the universe! There is this impulse to create an art that goes throughout music and the fine arts. I am trying to get in position to unify all kind of arts that I do with the same philosophical background.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
HBS – I think a lot about that, inspiration. The answer to this question is complicated for me. I would say: “I don’t find it because I don’t look for it”. I can always do artistic things. I don’t think that there is a thing that I can call inspiration. The way that you lead your life. If you are healthy, you do sports, you get a good relationship that can help to work. But I think that an artist is born with the capacity to do art in any possibility or way of life. Inspiration for me is an “invention” of the Christianity to give everything a godly, heavenly argument for the arts.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
HBS – To be an artist is not easy in anytime!
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
HBS – Yes there is a change. I would better say, there is an evolution. Everything that I did in the last years. Every pincel stroke, photography that I made and every piece of music that I wrote brought me, consciously or not, to the art that I am doing right now. I can see that in the pictures that I made wile I was traveling in the world.
LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this exhibition? How is it connected to the theme of the entire festival?
HBS – My concept is “life is energy”, My artwork is about life. How it came to be? What is life? It is about how bodies came to exist for the first time and how everything is connected.
LC- In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
HBS – My works for this festival are “Blue mud” and “Clorofila”. They represent the beginning of life. In the mud, the ocean and chlorophyll as a fundamental physical process for the life on Earth. The beginning of all bodies and identities. That way my work is very connected with the theme of the entire festival.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
HBS – It looks very well organized!
LC- Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
HBS – Yes, otherwise I would not be doing it. We all have to think of other ways to reach the audience and present our work. It is a fight! It is difficult and you have to think what you are willing to do for your art and get your work recognized.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
HBS – Yes. It is a new experience for me!