Interviews | April 10, 2023 |

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Image Courtesy of Redi Greva

Interview: Redi Greva
Luca Curci talks with Redi Greva during VISIONS, third appointment of CANVAS CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.

Redi Greva was born in 1986 in Tirana, Albania, and he began his journey as a self-taught painter with a passion for ancient academic painting from the 14th to the 19th century. He finds inspiration in the works of acclaimed artists like Raphael, Rubens, Bouguereau, Gustav Klimt, Caravaggio, Waterhouse, and Lucian Freud, and incorporates elements of their styles into his own work, showcasing his mastery of various techniques and styles. Graduating with honors from the Academy of Arts in Tirana in 2009, Greva further solidified his expertise in the field of painting.

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Luca Curci – Which artists have somehow had an influence on your work?
Redi Greva
– Throughout different periods, various artists have had an impact on my work. I must mention renowned figures such as Raphael, Rubens, Bouguereau, Gustav Klimt, Caravaggio, and Waterhouse, whose styles have influenced the inclusion of symbolic themes, humane emotions, and social life in my work.

LC – Which subject are you working on?
RG – As an artist, my passion lies in exploring a diverse range of subjects, particularly those related to nature and landscapes. Additionally, I focus on themes such as climate change and the integration of architecture with landscapes, as well as the occupied spaces that surround us. These spaces often limit our perspective and create a sense of pressure, which I aim to convey through my art.

LC – Can you describe your creative process?
RG –
My creative process generally involves thorough research and planning, followed by experimentation and exploration in the studio. I begin with sketches and studies, working out different compositions and ideas before moving onto a larger canvas. I remain open to new ideas and inspiration as they arise.

LC – Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?
RG –
Definitely. A considerable aspect of my art is closely linked to visitors since the artist’s process entails direct communication with them. Moreover, the artist aims to initiate a discussion, which is the fundamental purpose of art. For this reason, the artist and the visitor are closely associated with perceiving the issues that surround us.

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LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
RG – One of the inexhaustible themes I explore is the “plain air” landscape, and the symbolic themes interwoven with the social ones that arise from different everyday challenges. I am also drawn to the human figure, and women take significant weight in my compositions.

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?
RG – My artwork showcased in this exhibition is entitled “Metamorphoses,” and it delves into the concept of change and the female body’s relationship with the social world. The piece aims to explore the themes of transformation, identity fluidity, and change. The painting portrays a nude female figure, with a veiled character behind her, symbolizing religious beliefs. The piece aims to liberate the female body from societal pressures and anxieties by promoting the idea of embracing one’s identity and vision without the need to cover up or change. This is the reason why the artwork is connected to the exhibition theme of Vision in “Canvas Venice 2023”.

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LC – What was your creative process like for creating “Metamorphoses”? Did you encounter any challenges while creating this piece, and if so, how did you overcome them?
RG – As I began creating “Metamorphoses,” I knew that I wanted to delve into themes of transformation, change, and identity. To convey these concepts, I decided to use a nude female form covered by a man’s hands. One of the major obstacles I encountered was deciding on the color scheme for the artwork. After experimenting with various hues, I ultimately selected yellow as the primary color for the female figure, as it represents hope, optimism, and enlightenment. The red background, chosen for its symbolism of passion and intensity, provides a striking visual contrast and emphasizes the female form. To ensure the artwork’s composition and details were visible and balanced at a scale of 220 cm x 120 cm, I had to meticulously plan and execute the artwork’s dimensions.

LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
RG – I estimate ITSLIQUID platform and appreciate the opportunity to showcase my work alongside other talented artists. The platform provides a great opportunity for artists to share their work and connect with new audiences.

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LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
RG – Yes, I do. The ITSLIQUID GROUP provides a platform for artists to showcase their work and reach a broader audience. It also offers opportunities for networking and connecting with other artists and industry professionals.

LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
RG – Overall, I have a positive view of the ITSLIQUID GROUP. I appreciate their commitment to promoting contemporary art and providing a platform for artists to showcase their work.

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