baroque opera 'Il Pastor Fido', by Guarini Battista, the two
main characters are Amarilla and Corisca. They are rivals with
different assets, and their contest is represented through
A former car restorer, in 1980 moved to
Pietrasanta, Italy, to study marble carving. Works in museums,
public, and private collections throughout the world.
Art Dept Interview
As the winner of your category in
the 2004 International Art Contest, being selected by such a diverse
group of artists from all around the world, how do you feel?
I feel honoured, appreciated, and happy
to have been recognized.
Please describe your current works
and any plans for forthcoming exhibits.
In three days, I’m off to Florida to
destroy one of my lesser works on exhibit in a plaza in Marco
Island. Michelangelo did it, Leonardo too, and for me leaving only
the best has great significance. And, accepting the responsibility
for not having reached one’s maximum capability is something I think
more artists should do, instead of blaming an ‘uneducated’ public.
Google ‘destroying art’ to get the whole story.
If any, in what ways have you seen
changes in attitudes towards "art"?
I think there’s too much acceptance of
mediocre work as a cultural treasure. That’s a new phenomenon, and
destined to push the general public further away from an
appreciation of really good work.
Do you think that the fine artist
will survive as technology replaces our skills?
Yes, I do. Technology is a tool that
will find new uses in the hands of creative people.
What advice could you give to those
embarking upon a career as an artist?
Pack as much knowledge and skill into
your bag of tricks as you can stand.
Why did you enter the Art Dept
contest and what decided your selection for entry?
I entered because I thought the
contest was valid out of the many that seem ‘tricked’. I entered the
piece I did because it’s my best.
Is there anything about being an artist that
you do not like?
That’s a tough one. All the things that
popped into my mind popped right out again for one reason or
another. They all seemed to be the challenges, the hurdles to get
over, that make art exciting for me.
Would you sell your most favourite
artwork, or keep it?
Sell, definitely, because not having my
best work around stimulates me to produce something extraordinary.
How important was education and
training to you?
Both my university training, and after
that, the study with master marble carvers in Italy, gave me the
things I needed to do what I’m doing today.
Is there anything in your art career
that you would have changed?
I would have liked to spend more time
under a master.
If you were invited overseas to
exhibit your works, where would you like that to be?
The place I’ve always dreamed of going,
believe it or not, is Australia.
Are you looking forward to entering
the contest for next year?
Yes. But I wouldn’t expect to win,
although I’ll try my best to do so!
Do you recommend use of the Internet
for an artist's publicity?
Would you change anything about how
the contest is organised?
I don’t know how the contest is
organized from your end, but from my end things went pretty
How can the Internet be made better
for working artists?
The use of search engine maximization by richer artists is a hurdle
to get over. It’s not fair, and provides results not on the basis of
the quality of an artist’s work, but on the basis of how much they
spend. Money spent is a determining factor, and I think that’s a bad thing.