Interview: Tommaso Sacco
Luca Curci talks with Tommaso Sacco during BARCELONA CONTEMPORARY 2021, 2nd Edition, at Valid World Hall Gallery.
Tommaso Sacco ’85, was born in Naples, Italy. His attention towards colors and art form was his center of attention since he was a little boy. There wasn’t a moment in his childhood when he did not get into trouble for doodling all day long in school. This passion grew as a hobby while he pursued other careers and goals in life. He studied to become an actor, a screenwriter and a producer, which led him to Los Angeles where he lived from 2007 till the Virus hit the world. He came back to assist his family and during that time his business partner and best friend Giovanni De Angelis saw potential in his drawings and decided to produce Tommaso’s first art show. The show was a great success it was sold out on the opening night, which brought the duo to Rome and critics loved his work. He’s now working on a big outdoor installation for the LGBT+ rights that will be showcased in many urban squares possible.
Luca Curci – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
Tommaso Sacco – Is not really practicing, I experiment a lot, plus I doodle a lot too. I’m always drawing or painting even if I don’t have something in mind, I let my hand guide me. Most of the times nothing good comes out of it, but many times in these many scribbles there is something I feel i need to explore more.
LC – What are your thoughts while you paint? Do you have any habits or rituals while you work?
TS – Nothing set in stone, there’s always music in the background, I feel that is what keeps the flow going. Takes me a lot of time to actually start making art, am a massive procrastinator and the idea of prepping the canvas, preparing the colors, the brushes and all exhausts me terribly, so I tend to put some good vibe jam playlist and hopefully with a spoon full of sugar the medicine will go eventually down.
LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
TS – My themes tend to always be something that is taboo not too polite, but overall there is always a little story behind my drawings/paintings; whether is more explicit or more layered deep down, but it always has some sort of “once upon a time” in the back. My subjects usually are people and situations, or something that brings me back in time whether is a memory, a dream, or something that am fondly attracted to.
LC – How do you choose your subjects? Is it a reasoned or an instinctive process?
TS – Not really a process, more of something that sparks my curiosity.
LC – How do you feel when you see your work completed?
TS – Love and hate, am never too confident in my work if I look at it as a product that needs to sell, but on the other hand, I love them all, they are part of me, is literally what I see, is a snap of my brain, so to me is just marvelous and fascinating that there are means that I can use to reach what my wording is not able to express.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
TS – Unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend the festival, and am sure I missed out on a lot of interesting works, artists and interactions with people who speak the art tongue. I feel that is a good venue to enrich creativity and connect.
LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
TS – As part of my trend and expression NO JUDGMENT is the most iconic piece of my collections. I can say that can open and close my world of Adults Only. Is a revisitation of THE LAST JUDGEMENT by Michelangelo. I live in a country where we are born with sin and we spend our entire life with the guilt of being judged and this sort of judgment that was meant to be only by the higher power, somehow it unravel upon us by everyone that walks this earth. What I try to say is that there shouldn’t be any judgment
but to live our lives with the only moral duty of being a decent person to ourselves and others but not because we’re judged but because is just the right thing to do.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
TS – Yes.
LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
TS – I think that is a good opportunity for a new artist to be seen outside their world, and explore more venues.