Interview: Mauro Trincanato
Luca Curci talks with Mauro Trincanato during VISIONS, third appointment of ANIMA MUNDI 2022, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
Mauro Trincanato, in art MATЯI’, was born in Bolzano in 1960. He nurtured a passion for art at a young age, beginning to paint a self-taught landscape, mountains, trees, and silent environments where nature dominates unchallenged. At the end of the 1980s, the transition to abstractionism slowly takes place, where emotions, sensations, and feelings materialize, take on their own form, and get tinged with colors. Such passage constitutes the evolution of a path where the narration of reality, as it is observed, begins to become a limit to the free feeling of the artist; in this specific case, the transformation of the pictorial style is profound and intense precisely because it is stimulated by that need to approach without rules the representative manifestation more akin to the real essence of the performer of the work. Mauro Trincanato – MATЯI’ made this kind of journey that led him towards a personal language where the concreteness of the material joins the emotionality of feeling. The need to move towards a greater and greater decomposition of the image slowly emerges to allow his inner self to manifest by emphasizing the relevance of substance over form thus determining the transition towards Abstract Expressionism first and in the Informal Materico after. The work of Mauro Trincanato tends to that balancing act, that union between the immediacy of the feeling and the need to be able to somehow internalize and make it concrete through the study of the material with which he completes the work itself, that act is an acknowledgment of the intensity of the emotion and retracing it – also thanks to the interaction with the surrounding environment – in search of a third functional dimension to give prominence and tangibility to the perceived sensations. The artist has held numerous solo and group exhibitions since 2000, both in Italy and abroad. In 2021 he was selected to represent Italy at the Biennale of European and Latin American Contemporary Art in Helsinki and Brasilia. In 2022 he was selected for the “1st Prize City of Berlin” competition, and the “1st Europe Biennale Tour” which will be held in Paris, London, Barcelona, and Venice.
Luca Curci – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
Mauro Trincanato – I am a self-taught artist. I followed a strong attraction toward painting and the creative part of life. I needed to realize what I felt inside. Over the years I have experimented with different techniques always trying to create by sourcing from myself. My inner self was my main source of inspiration.
LC – What are your thoughts while you paint? Do you have any habits or rituals while you work?
MT – When I paint I live the moment, the present at its 100%. Space and time cancel out and all that remains is the intuition, the creative gesture, and the emotion of creating. The creation of a piece of work is a journey into the deepest inner self, into the roots of one’s soul.
LC – Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?
MT – Visitors’ suggestions are interesting and offer food for thought. I enjoy the discussion with the audience and hearing what they find in my works.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
MT – My artistic style has changed over time. I started with figurative art and then moved into abstractionism. In recent years I have moved toward informal art using recycled materials, objects that people consider useless which instead can be reborn to new life.
LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
MT – I wish to portray feelings, emotions, moods, and moments of life but also to deliver messages of denunciation on fundamental issues such as climate, sustainability of the planet, war, and pandemics.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition?
MT – I share a vision of art free from prejudice, without borders and with an international approach. In your work, I find these values again.
LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
MT – The work “What Unites Us” aims to represent in a symbolic way the connections and links that unite people and living beings in general. Invisible energy underlies every relationship. Connections and entanglements with multiple implications flourish in the flow of time: positive ties that give energy, vitality, motivation, enthusiasm, expansion, and personal growth, but also negative ties where the dark part of the human soul prevails, generating conflicts, suffering, and deep tensions. The work was made with salvaged materials found in a recycling center with the goal to give new life and value to objects deemed useless and unserviceable. The aim is also to promote responsible consumption and raise awareness of virtuous behaviors in order to promote the important issue of the sustainability of the planet.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
MT – I believe ITSLIQUID GROUP can offer interesting opportunities to give artists visibility while providing opportunities for discussion and growth.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
MT – I enjoyed joining your event. I appreciated the organization and the presence of many artists from different countries.
LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
MT – I would write the titles of the paintings in the exhibition both in English and Italian, so that everyone can have a better understanding.