Interview: Paulo Rosae
Luca Curci talks with Paulo Rosae during FUTURE LANDSCAPES, third appointment of BORDERS ART FAIR 2021, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
Researcher, experimenter, multidisciplinary artist, Paulo Rosae is a creator of paintings and collages that seek dialogue with his experiences and the course of his life. His collages, which began in 2018 and are rooted in his father’s tailoring and his mother’s sewing experiences, seek a sculptural effect and the interference of light and shadow. Currently directs his research and production to abstract painting using references from artists such as De Kooning, Basquiat, Yayoi Kusama, David Liynch, Serge Poliakoff among others. Paulo Rosae is graduated in Art Education from Minas Gerais State University through Guignard School (2011) and post-graduated in Interior Architecture from Metropolitan College of São Paulo (2021).
LUCA CURCI – How did you come to your current art practice?
PAULO ROSAE – I came to my practice through working with my father when I was 7 years old. My father was a tailor and I assisted him with the pattern designs. From then on, I created a passion for drawing and visual arts. I took several courses and graduated in Art Education in 2011.
LC – What are you currently working on?
PR – I currently conduct research on abstract art in particular American abstract art from the 1960s, 1970s onward. I have also done some research and work with installations.
LC – What artistic themes are you looking for? What is your favorite subject, if any?
PR – I don’t have a preferred theme. I follow my intuition based on research, studies, and stimuli from phrases that arouse my interest. From these phrases, I create abstract works.
LC – How do you choose your themes? Is it a reasoned or instinctive process?
PR – Both reasoned and instinctive. Grounded when I associate a title and dive in from there; instinctive because no matter how much I have something in mind, there is no way to have total control in the movements of the knives and brushes.
LC – What is it like to be an artist these days?
PR – Being an artist is a passion for me. Unfortunately in the country where I live the incentive to art is very limited and the exhibitions are very closed with few opportunities, and when there are, the evaluation criteria for participation is obscure. If it weren’t for my passion for art, I would never continue in the process because of the minimal return and very high cost.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? How does it inspire you?
PR – The concept is fantastic. I am feeling very happy and grateful to have this opportunity, to be able to afford to participate. The inspiration is the opportunity.
LC – Can you explain something about the artwork you have in our exhibition?
PR – The work Impacto was selected for an exhibition in France and was awarded at the Salão de Arte de Itabirito, MG Brazil, being published in an art book. In this work, I seek a reflection of the impact of cultures. Two colors meet and in this impact, some are influenced, others are not. They are the colors yellow and red that when mixed become orange. There are some orange triangles between the yellow and the red to symbolize this influence.
LC – What is your idea about the ITSLIQUID GROUP?
PR – This is the first time I have participated and judging by the cordiality, they are to be congratulated and I am very grateful for the opportunity.
LC – Could you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
PR – I suggest an annual package for exhibitions with more affordable values. The amount that I paid to participate corresponds to two minimum wages here in Brazil. It is a very high investment and leaves many artists frustrated for not being able to participate.