Interview: Michele Tombolini | ITSLIQUID

Interview: Michele Tombolini

Interviews | April 15, 2019 |

Interview: Michele TomboliniImage courtesy of Michele Tombolini

Interview: Michele Tombolini

Luca Curci talks with Michele Tombolini during ANIMA MUNDI FESTIVAL 2019 – RITUALS at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi.

Venice, 1963. Michele Tombolini‘s research ranges in different disciplines, from painting to sculpture, to installations and to performance.  His initial pictorial style originates from an introspective research that has in instinct its most strong characteristic with a material style which is inspired by the great masters of the twentieth century, from Picasso to the great upheavals of the transavantgarde.  During his participation to Personal Structures, at the 2013 Venice Biennale, with a video; Michele Tombolini put the foundations for a change by turning his perspective towards an increasingly conceptual approach with a deeper focus on social matters.  In 2014 the artist moved to Berlin where he realized Butterfly, an interactive mural created on the facade of a building in the centre of East Berlin. The monumental artwork, h.20 m, fitted into the context of the international Indelible Marks project, aimed at raising public awareness of the great problem of child prostitution and child abuse in the world. Butterfly, depicting a girl with a mouth closed by a plaster but with blue butterfly wings, represents the beginning of a revolution in the artist’s language in which an element of positivity, represented by bright colours, is inserted in contrast to the greyness of the city, the degradation and social problems that characterize the great metropolises.  The artist’s new artistic path is characterized by an approach to the image that can be defined as Pop, while maintaining a level of reading that carries a marked interest in social dynamics, the Social Pop.  The artist lives and works between Venice and Oslo.

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Interview: Michele TomboliniImage courtesy of Michele Tombolini

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Luca Curci – What are you currently working on?
Michele Tombolini – I am corrently working with installations and mixmedia painting.

LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
MT – I had pass a lot of time searching and experimenting, ispired by the great masters of the past. (PIcasso, Basquiat, Mimmo Paladino)

LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
MT – How will be the future?my stimulusis how the world changes and at the same time the world of art. i am very curios about what happens and this creates costant reserch and new developments in my art.

LC – What is your creative process like?
MT – My creative process is on the night, sometimes I don’t sleep because I think and I create with my mind.

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Interview: Michele TomboliniImage courtesy of Michele Tombolini

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LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
MT – I consider myartworks pop art but comunicative, very current and with social message.

LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this exhibition?
MT – The message that I linked in Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi is the awareness of the poor.

LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? In which way did it inspire you? Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
MT – About the festival I think that I was amazed and I liked the works and the organization and I think will be an great oppotunity for the artist showing during the Biennale in Venice.

LC – What do you think about our services?
MT – The service is fantastic and I was very happy to show my installation there. Thanks.

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Interview: Michele TomboliniImage courtesy of Michele Tombolini

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