Interview: Mario Raniolo
Luca Curci talks with Mario Raniolo during BARCELONA CONTEMPORARY 2021, 2nd Edition, at Valid World Hall Gallery.
Mario Raniolo born in Ragusa in the 1950s, lived as a young man for many years in Bavaria where he studied and learned the first lessons of figurative and landscape painting. His inspiration was the great Lubo Kriste who at the time created one of his famous fountains in Greifenberg, a work that helped convince our artist to try his hand in the field of art. At the age of 7 he participated in various competitions and won two. He returned with his family to his Ragusa where he graduated and moved to Padua to begin his studies in the field of engineering. During his university studies, he devoted himself with discretion and confidentiality to experimenting with new forms of painting, keeping his works jealously for himself and for a few friends. In recent years he has encouraged experimentation in the field of painting trying to find the meaning of matter and its controversial existence. His works are an abstract, material, energetic and tireless painting. In his art, the images do not find space, but the brushstrokes and the application of the material acquire value.
Luca Curci – What are you currently working on?
Mario Raniolo – Well, I am working in the experimentation of new matter, which can better the effects of colors on itself. Different materials, some never used, as much as I know, which mixed with them allow me to express my feeling.
LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
MR – The experience that has most influenced my work is that of an engineer. The study of materials and architectural and geometric shapes certainly determined some of my choices. however somehow all the works I have done in my life have and are having a positive influence on my art.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
MR – Yes of course, if many things have influenced me it is inevitable that my style has changed too. Changing means innovating, moving forward, experimenting and therefore always living.
LC – What is your creative process like?
MR – I see, feel, analyze, experiment and realize.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
MR – Certainly the choice of materials and colors. Music has an almost direct role on matter and I see it when it doesn’t accompany me. In addition, the memories of the countries of the world that I have visited and that have left me so much in terms of humanity, landscapes, colors and music.
LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the festival or as a part of preexisting works?
MR – The work on display was made with the idea of sending it to Barcelona, London and Venice, combining my memories of these wonderful places.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
MR – The sense of freedom, the dimension of the spaces, the mind that travels through the filtrations of the colors that are reflected in the lake from the forest, transforming matter into a whirlwind of images without borders or space and time, create atavistic sensations of the souls of those who find themselves. to dialogue with the work.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
MR – It seems to me very well thought out to give a very useful service.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
MR – Absolutely yes, even if the challenge is ambitious. But I would say that you are on the right path and you will be a very useful and artistic point of reference for us.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
MR – Certainly and I must say that you are professionally trained, helpful and kind.