Interview: Paolo Braccini
Luca Curci talks with Paolo Braccini during THE BODY LANGUAGE 2020 at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
Paolo Braccini has been showing, since childhood, during the courses of study, a shrewd aptitude for the figurative and pictorial arts, trying his hand at artistic tests far from the childish world. They date back to when he was nine years old the first oil studies on the figure and on still life. Visiting museums, he discovers the great masters, and thanks to the charm of Caravaggio, Rubens, Velasquez, Veermer, Tiziano, Raffaello and many others, he becomes more and more aware of his artistic passion, making copies of the great authors. He begins a careful study of material chemistry, space reading, realistic planting and depth. It characterizes his journey of formation with experimentation and contemporary aesthetic research, placing the image of man as a figure, and the introspection of the contemplative soul as the protagonist.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Paolo Braccini – For me, art is a requirement, for all those who love it. It represents for me an act with which I can express my sensations, intuitions, and a language with which, transcending as if it were a moment of meditation, I can discover and discover myself, interacting at the same time with the deepest part of myself and others. Today I would define it as “a vaccine” to the near-sightedness of contemporary man.
LC – Which subject are you working on?
PB – I’m working on a project that I called “Sign and Sound”, linked to the moment of inspiration and improvisation of the great “Masters of Jazz”, portrayed in a realistic way during that particular moment that I called “the Middle Moment”, or the meeting and fusion of two emotions, the need for order and the charm of chaos, which all these characters have in common, emotions deriving from intense different life experiences. It is the moment of intuition in which inspiration is unleashed, giving life to immortal musical works.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
PB – I believe that the image of man as a figure, the movement and expression of his forms and the introspection of the soul represent a strong source of inspiration for me. The fusion of these elements with everything that can concern man when he knows himself internally, is a great stimulus for me, especially when he tries to overcome himself, to improve himself until he arrives at the “here and now” and awareness to be part of the world, thus expressing new and evocative expressions and looks.
LC – What is your creative process like?
PB – For me it represents the most sublime part. The moment of concentration to immerse myself in the work and its creation is rewarding. I try to live the moment by focusing on what I want to express, idealizing it in my head, and then proceeding to abandon myself to the sign and the color, freeing myself from the academic canons by fusing shapes and colors to achieve a result of visual impact. In “Sign and Sound” I try to proceed with decisive instinctive signs, using only two colors, one opposite the other, red and blue, white and black, opposite as “the Order and Chaos” that have distinguished these characters. By being guided by the musical notes and vibrations that come to me by listening to the musician represented.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
PB – I believe that evolution and transformation in art never ends. I started painting at an early age, I altered and attributed different colors on what I depicted compared to those found in nature. Then I moved on to the study of techniques, form and materials that led me to a classic, let’s say more academic, realistic style, up to the present day, the use of color and the construction of the most instinctive and direct form, merging and thus maturing the various style experiences.
LC – We were attracted to your latest artistic production, was the artwork presented created for the festival or as part of pre-existing works?
PB – The artwork presented is part of the “Sign and Sound” project, in which the body language of the protagonists represented is key to the theme of the project and inherent in the nature and theme of the festival.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
PB – I greatly appreciate your vision of art, as far as the theme of the festival is concerned, it opens a very deep research and introspection for artists, where everyone with his artistic attitude can express himself by highlighting various aspects of “The Body Language”.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
PB – I really like ITSLIQUID Platform, and the way to carry out the initiatives and events. A pleasant sensation of globality, and of closeness to other artists from all over the world.
LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
PB – I have no particular suggestions.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
PB – Absolutely yes.