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Interview with Dark Artist Francesco Paolicchi.
FG: Where do your love for art come from?
FRANCESCO PAOLICCHI: It was born out of something that acted in a fully mysterious way and, obviously, it came also from music, a key element in my life, since I was a teenage.
FG: Tell us about your collection of works on Fumogallery.com
FRANCESCO PAOLICCHI: “Emotional Regurgitations” series was born out of a long period of reflection after a sterile and artistically arid year. Then I decided that the time was come to dig up deep and let emerge what I had kept hidden so far due to convenience and laziness.
“Emotional Regurgitations” series is son of violences and emotional self-rapes.
FG: What are your favourite subjects and the major themes you deal with in your work? Is there a technique you prefer?
FRANCESCO PAOLICCHI: Recently I like to deal with the phase when a child begins to explore and see the world through adult’s eyes.
FG: Describe your work with three words.
FRANCESCO PAOLICCHI: Free, brave and straightforward.
FG: What is your creative approach like?
FRANCESCO PAOLICCHI: Primitive as in life.
FG: Other than, what other types of art do you most like and enjoy?
FRANCESCO PAOLICCHI: I love any type of art: music, cinema, animation… Drug 😛
FG: Can you mention an artist, artwork or series of art projects that particularly influenced/inspired you in you work as an artist?
FRANCESCO PAOLICCHI: I cannot mention only one, it would be reductive. I may compare myself to Doctor Frankenstein.
FG: When was the first time a work of art drew you? What was it?
FRANCESCO PAOLICCHI: Some years ago.
I was drawn by the works of a young artist from my area, whom I met at a club while he was setting up his exhibition: he was an heroin addict. I remember he had purple eye shadow on his eyelids and was weraing a black t-shirt, that day. His paintings and his appearance captivated me so much and something inside me told me that I had to do like him.
FG: What is the best advice you got as an artist?
FRANCESCO PAOLICCHI: “Dedicate yourself to something different, since your work is horrifying and nonsense”. Maybe it wasn’t the best one, but surely it was the most sincere.
FG: While working do you prefer silence or to listen to the music?
FRANCESCO PAOLICCHI: I love silence and solitude. For me, just being with myself, we already are too many.
FG: What can web and technology offer to your work?
FRANCESCO PAOLICCHI: They can certainly offer me more visibility. I think it is a nice way to promote new universes to more and different people.
FG: What are your future projects?
FRANCESCO PAOLICCHI: To go on this path until I want to and, obviously, to show my work to as many people as possible.
FG: Which is the most provocative/courageous/original action you made as an artist?
FRANCESCO PAOLICCHI: To believe in my work, in my talent, to overcome uncertainities and risks, to face pain head-on and above all to expose myself : this is courage to me. Painting in itslef is courageous. Without courage (read, heart), none of my painting actions would ever exist. As for the provocation… I do not like to push things, I think that that time is yet to come for me and I do not feel the need to. But… you will surely recognize it when that time will come.
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