“Toreros, friendship and art”
Louis Miguel Dominguin
He makes art for the pleasure of doing it, insipired by a strong aesthetical sens. The subjects he prefers are the humanity, the people, especially the faces. He is always trying to capture the expressions of human faces, joys and concerns of the contemporary man existence. He works on his personal vision, identifying himself in the projects; he is searching to express what is behind each face, and behind himself, inside feelings that take funny forms sometimes or sorrowful. His plan for the future is to dedicate all of his time to the production of his art, to feed himself, to talk with his language, to feel free.
“BEST DESIGNER ARTIST OF THE YEAR, 2014”
Aldo Gnesotto was born in Bassano del Grappa (Italy) in the sixties.
He considers this reviews' snippet particularly significant in expressing his artistic view:
“An element progressively takes significance in Gnesottos' works, up to deeply mark it: and it is the elegant synthesis of shapes and colours, which appear to be increasingly filtered through his sensitivity. Then, his stones: a result of poetry and magic that from scratch acquires a human dignity full of essential attributes”
(Pietro Franceschetti, “I sassi del Brenta, ultima mostra” at Palazzo Bacchiglione in Vicenza, Italy)
" I love ceramic beacause is simple”
I always worked with the ceramic. My father produces since 1978 in his company articles in ceramics, and I’ve started to work with him. I’ve learned the different types of mixtures and glazes, how to cook them, using machineries for the execution of some particular process, which are difficult to obtain handmade; i started also to work like a modeler. I love the ceramic because is a simple material, used and made up by components that we only find in nature. The ceramic allows me to create different type of objects, leaving me free to express my immagination. I’ve experienced with different type of cooking. Especially, i’ve been attracted with the “RAKU” technical, since the firsts experimentals, a cooking process of japanese origin, born in harmony with the zen spirit.
"Munari’s process of design actually leave strong traces, unforgettable, inerasable figurative or cultural pointers”
Born in Gorizia in 1930, his goldsmithing industrialist is an atypical figure of collector, patron and inventor.
Subsequent to the encounter with Carlo Scarpa in 1973, he focused all his research and activity to industrial design, collaborating with the most influential companies worldwide.
In 1985 he creates an artistic workshop in which cooperate 20 of the world greatest architects and designers (e.g. Aulenti, Castiglioni, Sottsass, De Lucchi, Magistretti, Scarpa).
In his search for inspirations, ideas and original projects, Cleto Munari is open to a continuous analysis, experimenting with new techniques, approaches and materials.
His works - especially those created on gold and silver – are part of permanent collections all around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York.
" A good artistical energy happily floats on our territory... that’s Sbittarte.”
For nearly 15 years this team has been meeting weekly, every Friday night,
to paint on ceramic.
Their philosophy is un-competition, lack of judgement, with the aim of being aimless.
“Sbittarte” as the Italian slang sbittare, to free from chains, to excrete, to ejaculate, to pollinate: free and liberating expression. It’s to urgently show their need of creating objects, paintings, thoughts. The main vehicle of this artistic flux is ceramic painting,
practised together, sometimes even on the same work. Even and mostly from no-Pro.
"SBITTARTE" promotes ancient techniques inherited from the territory’s popular and artisan knowledge. Earth, Fire, Painting have therefore been well-founded as languages and tools to describe the Contemporary, so as at Prehistoric times.
"No space to stay, no way to wander.
But I was calm. Almost. "
I present my idea of solidude, that’s never really alone, but always in company.
Sometimes apparently alone characters meet, melt and step away leaving artistical bonds of sublime beauty on people looking at them.
You need to stop and observe the curves of these almost undefined faces, trying to feel the moment they are telling us, towards its complexity.
I’d like to manage through artistical skill human feelings, exposing a whole set of characters: they can sometimes be sharp or sweet but always authentical and sincere.
My touch wants to bring you to intangible and surrounding sensations, to let you rediscover hidden feelings finding our cealed lives.
"NON OMNIS MORIAR"
I shall not wholly die, I will not altogether die.
My works will lengthen my life. (Horace)
Glass designer and master glassmaker, I was born in Brazil and live now in Italy.
I grow up in the most innovative artistic glassware of Brazil, in which I had the opportunity to learn the techniques my father has been developing since 1978.
In mid-1984 we broke a centuries-lasting concept bringing about two absolutely unique changes in the coloured-glass world history.
Firstly, the creation of works through constructing techniques designed to exceed glass-windows spaces inaccessible so far, using steel and special alloys welding, to make some of the world most resistant windows.
Secondly, the creation of relief, to give works a realistic atmosphere.
The final result is a quality & safety mix, matched with the beauty and the personality of unparalleled works.
"I’m a young dreamer, art enthusiast and big fan of Casa Ramos Vitrais works. I hope I’ll be able to bring to the world the techniques of my father and I and I’m happy to collaborate with Eva".
What does Paride want to say with his works? Nothing!
He celebrates Life through a big, stylistic auto-erotism ritual, absolutely not paranoid.
Where paint is not enough to embroider love acts, Gorgi spackles, scratch, blows the surface up animating it with Venus flytraps, fiery tadpole, marine dicks, dates, apple slices, bean sprouts, flirty portions of buttocks, bosoms, vulvas in a marvellous suspension fit for a Beato Angelico.
The painter aim is to make us complicit of a hyper-vital world, where the call of dare or the one of intercourse are unavoidably beautiful and never inconvenient as, he suggests, we don’t have to be afraid of the ugly and mean, if anything, of our heart & appetites silence.
In his painting there’s no regret or affliction for the forbidden fruit ate at the Garden of Eden as, being food a symbol or other, it has to be consumed, chewed, ingested and possibly accompanied by a good wine, offered at the great reception we are all invited to: “Life”.
“My works are reasoned by desire of venturing into new emotions”
Since childhood she showed her passion for paint and decoration, grown through collaborations with Veneto Region most important production realities.
Active member of her cultural environment and highly esteemed from local and national artistic community, for 20 years she has been using her sensitivity teaching ceramic decoration art, teaching professional training classes at Venice Female Prison.
Etnies and popular cultures study is what her research is based on, with a super fine dexterity and elegance in taste.
Oftenly reported by the press, this talented local artist is focused on looking for a dialogue between the great tradition of art and contemporary.
“Keep it simple stupid”
Born in 1989, since childhood he smelt the scent of clay at his grandpa’s house, where the ancient man amused himself moulding animals for his nephew’s fun.
His studies targeted on the artistic field at Industrial Art School “G. De Fabris” in Nove (Italy) first and at Venice University later, where he intensely fell in love with the city.
He then entered the world of work but something kept his soul: he’ll find the way out through pottery.Deeply influenced from the free interpretation attitude of Made In Nove Ceramic Union, from Sbittarte group and from La magia del racconto Exhibition - dedicated to Federico Bonaldi’s pottery - , since 2013 Mirko entered his personal path on the ceramic world, focusing on production:as hands perform, mind is dreaming.
“To me, ceramic is the metamorphosis of form according to time and space I’m related to”.
Paolo was born in 1979 in Nove, one of the Italian most important cores for ceramic. He comes from a historical family of craftsmen, linked to ceramic tradition for two centuries.
His research can range from a material to another according to the intended project and its purpose. Since 2008 contemporary ceramic has become his fundamental field of research, developing and revisiting pictorial decorations and manipulating moulds of various historic manufactures, in order to create sculptures and conceptual installations in which each story relates to the present, creating new scenarios.
“Pol” now lives and works between Brussels, Paris and Nove.
"The key to my job is passion."
I generally deal with painting and sculpture; I love manipulating clay and to always have a white space where I can experiment and materialize an idea, something that usually happens on a canvas, on a wall or when creating a sculpture.
The process that follows when firing the piece modifies one's thinking and opens up new possibilities and discussion points. The key to my job is passion.
“If you can dream it, you can do it” - W.D.
Illustrator and Graphic Designer, I was born in Bassano del Grappa (Italy) where I also live.
I’ve always had a fascination for drawing and for art in general. I graduated in Visual Arts at Venice University and got specialized at Nemo Digital Arts Academy of Florence.
I work with children, doing craft shops and animation; my aim is to be a full time books illustrator! I’m obsessed with Alice in Wonderland and with The Wizard of OZ. I love reading, writing, paint and decorate; love music, theatre and photography, adore going to cinema and animals (most of all, red cats). Can’t live without chocolate… and... did I say I love drawing?
"My work is little more than an experiment”
I was born in Bassano del Grappa and live in Venice, after graduating at Brescia & Venice Art School.
Since childhood, I’ve been more sensitive to images and colours rather than to words, that’s why I started drawing very young. To me, it’s all about telling stories belonging to our time or maybe to all times; stories not judging us, not claiming to teach us but simply showing themselves to us, as we cannot see. Can’t say how much my work can really be defined as “Art”. If someone wants to find some “art” in my stories, I’ll be glad; if they want to name them differently, then do it. To me what counts is their eyes lingered on my works and they stop and think.
“He may seem disrespectful or emphatic, but you’re not unmoved by him”
Born in Bassano del Grappa on October 4th 1977, Lorenzo currently lives in Nove (Italy). He started playing with soil since childhood and this game will soon become a passion. His search for new solutions led him to experiment different materials such as wax, wood, silicone, resin and glass but his greatest passion remains wrought clay. This material can be forged with no limits or inhibitions, so that the piece comes alive as per an ancient process.
He does not focus on a precise theme, he leaves the soul talking to mind about things hands will then mould. Water, fire, earth, air: he loves the 4 elements, molten to breathe life into a sequential mechanism that will be rhythmic, harmonic; a process Lorenzo – one fragment at a time – strengthens shaping his works. The summary of a complex inwardness, of an ever-changing spirit that mold, forges, evolves, lives and suffer to give the work some shape. Doing this, each work leaves its conceptual space to dive into everyone’s ahead thought.
“What is not, it is. What is, it is not.”
I was born in Bassano del Grappa in 1981. I’m an interior designer and consider myself genuine, dreamer, curious, constantly questing and versatile. My greater passions are craftsmanship, furnishings and photography.
I graduated in Industrial design at Industrial Art School "G. De Fabris" in Nove (Italy), meeting different materials I learned to work such as ceramic and wood.
I learnt the business working for La Galleria del Tempo, a high-end furniture store where service is as important as the product sold. This profession is more based on experience and practical aspects that on theory and consists of finding solutions, solving problems, suggesting new ideas. Even the aesthetic part is relevant, of course: advising on style, colours, materials and lighting is crucial, both to obtain one’s own personality in their house atmosphere and to create comfortable and functional spaces.
Manufacturing and handicraft worlds always got me excited: that’s the reason of my collaboration with “Eva”. This brand commits me - through the expression of my creativity and the pleasure of experimentation - to search for decorations and textures that can match with different environments, furnishing and enhancing the spaces around us.
What drives my work is “experimenting”
Antonio Visentin is deeply in love with ceramic, as demonstrated since childhood: as a 8yo boy he preferred to play with soil instead of toy cars. He created his first clay soccer ball when he was 5 and since then his interest for this strange material has never renege.
Tony is a concrete artist and his creativity is simple, positive, not an outlet to his psychological balance. His ideas are born from a different way to look at the objects and to consider our relationship with them.
What “Tony does” is simply to explore possibilities with big enthusiasm and curiosity. A sincere desire for simplicity and directness can be seen on him and his works to state his own and other people’s pleasure.
“Darkness is my favourite colour”
I am an artist. I’m in love with life, with all it has to give us and with creativity as a whole.
I spend most of my time improving my paint and drawing, constantly looking for the best way to express my feelings through an image. If you want to know me, the best way is through my works. Charles Baudelaire is a source of inspiration for me, but the greatest, multifaceted one comes from Nature: that’s where the most powerful referrals come from, through symbols deriving from forests and animals as a metaphor to create pictorial representations. In fact, using animals as symbols is quite usual on my works.
The use of colour is almost limited to black, a pigment that can fully represent the core of things. Black means absence of light and connects to void and mystery, but, at the same time, obscurity is where everything has started from.
So here are figures that can evoke my inner world, unexpressed and elusive, mixing light and dark, wielding black and white beats, regaining the spirituality of everything existing in real life but not directly visible for humanity.
"You can't tell at first glance ... but he’s colour blind.”
Fabio Baggio, aka Bajo, was born in Bassano del Grappa (Italy) in 1965. His work’s essential components are a vigorous chromatism and an incisive mark. He now lives and works in Romano d’Ezzelino (Italy).
“To him, a face isn’t just a body’s part, it gains a narrative role as it reveals not only what we are but also what we want to be.
In his artistic journey Bajo does not avoid experimentation, indeed he focuses on all possible languages looking for a purer graphic form, further than matter, being closer to some kind of “graffiti art” where the mark’s strength express distinctiveness and energy of the creative act.
In his painting’s imagination isn’t ambiguous or undefined. There’s always a close link between communication needs and pictorial solutions, quest into the unknow, thanks to integration between nature’s reality and the man out of him that he can hone." (Mario Guderzo)