Interviews | November 30, 2023 |

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Image courtesy of Massimo Garanzini

Interview: Massimo Garanzini
Luca Curci talks with Massimo Garanzini during the 17th Edition of VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.

Massimo Garanzini is an Italian artist, born in 1971 and living in Milan. He graduated from the Art School in 1990 and then got a degree in Philosophy in 1996 with a dissertation and essay in contemporary art on Jean-Michel Folon. His career is characterized by communication consultancy for large international companies in primary Italian and Global PR firms. In parallel Massimo has continued and developed his personal path and passion for painting. The series of collages “existential cities” was created for the first time in 2010. The existential path from Massimo started with an emotional view of nature and landscapes and then evolved narrowing the key role of the cities as an expression of a new nature surrounding humanity. “The inspiration of existential cities comes from Van Gogh’s masterpiece “Starry night” where all of reality becomes an expression of the artist’s experience and passion. I think my works encapsulate many inspirations from Van Gogh, the Metaphysical Town Square series from De Chirico, the Cubist cities, the cities from the Futurist movement, Schifano. A special place is held also by Hockney with his villas, deserts, swimming pools and the landscapes and fences by Christo.”

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Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Massimo Garanzini – Art is a need. Maybe a human need even if not everyone is aware of this. Art is also related at two human characteristics: the need for beauty, and the chance to become, in some way, creative. We want to leave our footprint in the world, and in history.  A work becomes detached from its author as soon as it is completed. All nature vibrates, this is the existence of reality.

LC – What are you currently working on?
MG – I’m strongly attracted by the vibrations of every landscape. My search is ongoing around the theme of the “existential cities”. Human passion is intertwined with the vision of the landscape and the city, a new place of comparison and welcoming of living. 

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LC – What are the three hashtags essential to define your poetics that you could not give up?
MG – Vibrations, Passion, Drama

LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
MG – The landscapes around me are the main inspiration, as well as the movement that lives within me, meets and dialogues with the movement of the world

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LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
MG – Wait for the work to grow one piece at a time, one surface at a time. Waiting is always interesting and always provokes questions and doubts. Satisfaction comes through a journey

LC – What do you think about the concept of this exhibition? How did it inspire you?
MG – I found the comparison and call to the future interesting. Future landscapes. Not so much in chronological and historical terms but in future as conception, advanced, and innovative. In my landscapes I see landscapes that live, that speak of the present is an expectation and the future, which is the fulfillment of this expectation.

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?
MG – I have shown 2 “Existential cities”. They are stationary and in motion. They are in the now and in the future.

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