Hello Fabio, first of all, tell us something about your upcoming work. What are you into at the moment?
I’m currently working on smaller pieces, creating new characters and moveable structures that eventually will appear in the next portion of the frieze.
I read something about Retrocorionica, would you give a brief walk through your original workflow?
I usually start with a concept or an image that I come in contact with. It could be suggested by anything ,a conversation or a joke, a book or something on television or on the internet. Then I make many sketches to contaminate that first thought with personal matters or other elements that not necessarily have an obvious connection among themselves. When I’m happily surprised with the result, I make accurate drawings and finally the oil painting. After the painting is done, I sent it out to be photographed and scanned. For the moment I’m just accumulating high resolution files for the time that I will be able to produce large prints and join together the different pieces of the procession.
I’m in love with yours women’s silhouette, I found there’s something ancient and at the same time a precise contemporary body shape. Is it something you’re searching for, or do I have to call my therapist?
I think that you are absolutely right. I don’t work with models but I occasionally take pictures of myself ,my wife and my son just as a reference .I modify lines and shapes to create figures that reflect our cultural frenzy to be slender but they also reconnect with the imagery of ancient friezes and with a north European artistic tradition.
How has your work evolved over the years from when you were beginning?
It evolved radically as at the beginning I was just focusing on improving my technique. I was painting still lifes and portraits just as an excuse to learn how to prepare a canvas or how to incorporate warm and cold colors when painting the skin. I’m still using what I learned but now it’s at the service of my imagination.
I can clearly understand the choice of background’s annulment, but don’t you find the risk of a perilous similitude between your fine art paintings and editorial illustrations?
That was a programmatic choice that I did some time ago. I was frankly bored with backgrounds and I wanted to focus on the figure and reinforce the idea of displacement. Also that makes it easier to join the paintings together when they will be printed. Blurring the line between fine art and illustration happened as a consequence but I actually like that my work is not easily categorized. One thing that I noticed is that when the paintings are seen in pictures or online the cartoonish feel is strong but when they are seen in person the painterly aspect takes over.
Who’s the first painter that comes to your mind in a second?
What’s the place or what do you do when you feel you’re thinking in a bright way?
It can be anywhere. In the creative phase a part of me is always looking for a bright solution to improve content or composition. When it happens I like to take some time for myself and elaborate that change of direction preferably while having a glass of wine. If it works it feels great.
Something you’ve always wanted to do, but have yet to.
All the printing project. I will probably need someone to finance it. I want to learn as much as I can and it’s very time consuming as I don’t want to delegate the actual printing to someone else. I see a very long and high quality print with tens of characters moving in an uninterrupted circle.
Something you want the world to know about you.
That I try my best to be a good father and a good painter.
Something that annoys or frustrates you about people.
I can stand stupidity and aggressivity except when they manifest themselves together.
Your idea about social networks.
They have good and bad sides so it’s always a matter of our personal approach. They definitely make connections easier but sometimes selecting interesting things from useless ones is challenging . A couple of days ago I saw a website that explained all the tricks to get five thousand friends on facebook in one day. It’s tempting but is it worth it? The thought of five thousand people asking to “like” this or that scared me a bit.
What’s overrated/underrated today?
Shortcuts to popularity are overrated and working hard before looking for an audience is underrated. A balance between the two would be ideal. It comes to mind Dalì that was a fantastic painter and a master in self promotion.
Fabio D’Aroma is currently showing at Jonathan Levine Gallery, take a look here.