Interviews | December 2, 2023 |

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Interview: Yuri Azzari
Luca Curci talks with Yuri Azzari during the VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 18th in Venice, Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.

Yuri Azzari is a 33-year-old artist hailing from the vibrant city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. What sets Yuri apart is his unique perspective and boundless creativity, as he is an artist with autism. His artistry knows no bounds, with a deep passion for abstract painting that allows him to express his innermost thoughts and emotions. Through his art, Yuri communicates in a language of colors, shapes, and textures that transcends traditional forms of expression.

Yuri’s journey in the world of art has been nothing short of remarkable. He has participated in numerous local exhibitions and is a household name for an artist with autism. Despite the challenges he faces, he has managed to carve a niche for himself in the art world with his captivating and thought-provoking creations. His works have garnered attention and appreciation from art enthusiasts and collectors alike, making him a rising star in the realm of abstract art. Yuri Azzari’s art not only stimulates the senses but also fosters a deeper understanding of the intricate beauty of his autistic mind.

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Luca Curci – What is art to you?
Yuri Azzari –
Art is a way for me to express my feelings. I have autism. Therefore, I have limited verbal expression. So, the brushes are my tools to express my emotions.

LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
YA –
I was diagnosed with autism (Level 2) at the age of 18 months. I completed high school in Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA. I attended personal tutoring on Art.

LC – How is your creative process?
YA –
I paint from my heart and express it in colours and in complex strokes. There is no shape or defined structures in my paintings as that is how I feel every day. I face complexities every day in my life.

LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
YA –
I paint mainly from things or events around me. However, I see things differently from common people. My artworks are mainly unusual and mysterious as only I know what I am expressing. However, due to my autism, my ability to express myself is limited and I cannot find words to describe precisely what is going in my head.

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LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
YA –
I feel being an artist with autism is very challenging because I am competing with many well-known artists who are able to travel the world to promote their paintings. In addition, I have limited mobility as I depend on others to sell my paintings.

LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the exhibition’s theme?
YA –
My artworks align with the exhibition theme as my paintings embody connectivity between mind and expression. What I produced on canvas is a relationship between space, personality and creativity of the mind.

LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
YA –
The TWO pieces I submitted are called SUNRISE OVER THE SEA and a SECRET GARDEN. The first painting was based on the trip I made with my family to one of the well-known beaches in Malaysia. My mom took me for morning walks every day while we were there, and my bedroom window was facing the beach. So, I watched the sunrise every morning. It is a beautiful sight that I always remember.  

The second painting called SECRET GARDEN is about appreciation of nature. I find solace and tranquility when I take a walk in the jungle near my house; and sometimes I stumbled on items thrown away by irresponsible people. I see beauty in greenery and peace. The silence of nature makes me comfortable because I don’t have to speak to anyone. There are so many secrets that the jungle is keeping from us.

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LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
YA –
I would love to collaborate with ITSLIQUID as your platform provides international exposure which is much needed for an emerging autistic artist from Kuala Lumpur. I wish I could send the actual paintings to your exhibition so viewers can appreciate them better. My paintings have texture and beautiful colors. However, your fee is very high in our currency. Maybe, you can consider a lower fee for PWDs (people with disability).

LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
YA –
Perhaps, a theme for artists with differently-abled talents; and a delivery fee with minimal fee as many of us do not hold jobs. We depend on our parents or donations.

LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
YA –
It is a big name and am proud to be able to join this year. Hopefully, one day you are able to organize one exhibition in Southeast Asia.

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