A close and personal interview with Italian artist Simone Berno where we discuss his creating process, what influences his art and more.
R: Why do you create art? What need does art satisfies for you?
S: Art is something that just happens, sometimes is a reaction to reduce a concept to its essence with few drawn lines. Other times, is exactly the opposite, the art I make get meaning only when it is concluded and that gives me a point to start again and think.
R: How long have you been an artist and how long did it take you to develop your style
S: I’ve been like this since ever, I remember creating my first drawing at the age of 13. I spent 20 years studying different materials as copper, iron, steel and their reactions to oxidation, fire and many other actions. In this last 5 years something happened and changed my awareness and my way of communicating.
R: Describe your style in a simple sentence:
R: Which artists do you enjoy or may have been an influence on your work?
S: Many contemporary artist are stunning…but I look at the historicals as Magritte, Modigliani and Burri; not as influences exactly but for a common vision of life and the universe that’s inside everyone of us.
R: What part of the process of creating art do you enjoy the most and why?
S: My approach is very precise; it is a process of construction. It is about simulating a problem that I made and that I have to solve by inventing something new. My figurative art is a trip inside me. I like it, it’s like a holiday where I remain motionless.
R: How do you know when a piece is done?
S: An artwork is never done, you must leave it and skip to another one.
R: What’s next for Simone Berno, as an artist and art enthusiast?
S: To stay alive, hungry, curious and to resist!
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