Six questions for
Antonio Guiotto

Tique asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Antonio Guiotto.

Artist Antonio Guiotto
Lives in Camposampiero (Padua, Italy)

How do you describe your own art practice?

I don’t know, I never think about it, it’s a difficult question for me. Perhaps, all I can say is that I like to tell stories, something about me, something I remember, from someone, (my father, my grandfather, friends) who told me a story, but not only this.
I have to say that I have a holistic approach, everything is connected and I think that nothing is in closed compartments.
I do a lot of things, I use a lot of mediums, and materials, but I don’t paint, I love painting, but I don’t paint, until now I haven’t painted. I tried when I was a really young artist, 19 /20 years old.
Once, Renato Barilli said that I have a “wavering” approach. So I think that wavering and holistic are two adjectives that describe my work well.
I often change the style, and if you look at my entire artwork, it looks like coming from different artists. I think it depends on what I want to tell.
Sometimes I’m ironic, sometimes I like to quote other artists’ works, still others I’m very minimalist or conceptual, still others I’m very very redundant. It depends.

Which question or theme is central in your work?

At this moment in my life, I’m working on the concept of inner growth, and awareness, but also on the concept of employee and the difference between being a professional and an amateur.
I never use a single theme or a central theme in my work, there are many themes that I like to use, depending on what there is in my life when I’m doing art.

What was your first experience with art?

Certainly in primary school.
I had a teacher, Franco, who made us draw a lot, we made collages, we experimented with different materials, and he brought beautiful modern art books to school.

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

Anything, sorry, I know it may seem presumptuous or corny, but really, anything.
So as I said before, I’ve got a holistic approach.

What do you need in order to create your work?

Are you ready for another corny answer?… The happiness …
if I’m not happy, I literally can’t do something truly creative.
when I’m happy, the ideas come by themselves. Just I stop them as notes, sketches, drawings, collages, and then I start making them, sometimes, just if necessary, otherwise they remain on the computer, in the notebooks, even for years.
But at the same time to be happy, and is not really easy to be so, I have to do or look for something, is not important what I have to do or what I’m looking for, is important don’t stay frozen, it is something about the movement, physical or intellectual, but something has to happen.
Is strange because “happen” and “happy” have the same root.

What work or artist has most recently surprised you?

What kind of artist do you mean? visual or any kind of artist?
Anyway… Hovard Philips Lovecraft.
He was an incredible discovery, I had never read anything by Lovecraft before the last year. I’m reading everything he wrote, watching movies based on his short stories, and documentaries, listening to any kind of podcasts, and more.
I think he was a genius.

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