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Global Art Agency Gallery Artist “Antonio Russo” also known as ‘Tony’ is an Italian, UK based artist that loves painting to music. He looks at a blank canvas, and at that point the colours, music and inspiration hit him. Art speaks for itself!
This is an interview with Antonio Russo, abstract contemporary modern artist.
Hi Antonio, could you tell us about some of your work and give our fans some insight to it please?
Hello, yes of course. I would say I am an abstract contemporary modern artist. The essence of abstract art is to unfold the spirit of self-exploration by painting freely without restraint or criticism. To develop a deeper trust in ones intuition and instinct as they happen, to realise that letting go of set goals opens up a whole world of possibilities.
I am influenced by a varied Selection of artist, starting with Cezanne, Matisse, Freud and Picasso to Jonas Gerard, Connor Harrington, Hiroshi Matsumoto and Francine Tint.
Share with us something funny that has happened to you recently.
Well being Italian and a passionate Azzurri fan we was playing Spain in the Final of the European Cup, and I had over 100 crazy Italian friends watching this epic battle at my house, after 10 minuets my big screen TV decided to turn itself off, just as Italy was attacking and close to scoring a goal, its hard to describe what happed next, we all looked at each other in a moment of rare silence and then imagine over 100 people screaming shouting nooooo!!!! I said to every one I have a portable TV in my daughters room upstairs, well can you imaging over 100 oversized Italians running up a single staircase piling into a bedroom to watch the smallest TV in history “Good Times” a funny moment not to be forgotten.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Treat others as you want to be treated yourself.
What’s your favorite artwork, and why?
Picasso’s Nude woman in a red armchair, because there is an innocence that he captured in this seventeen year old that he met and fell in love with when he was forty five years old. I love the curves and colors that he used so simple but actually very hard to achieve, he was going trough a blue stage where he painted in blue for years after loosing someone close, and with this painting he starts to include red, green, yellow and white. To me its one of those paintings that you can look at forever and never lose interest. That’s why its so interesting to me.
What’s your strongest memory of your childhood?
I remember Being in Sicily my homeland, I must have been 5 or 6 years old sitting outside with my Nonna while she was shelling peas I was sitting next to her with a pad and a pencil drawing the building opposite us, the days where long and very sunny the most incredible colors with the strong sun hitting these old buildings created great black and white blinding shadows, so I learnt early on how to do different grades of shading to get the right effect of these old buildings, I remember that as if it was yesterday.
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
Luckily I have had great comments on my colors and the combination of them, I have had a lady in Tuscany when I had my work on show there, saying that my paintings are alive and she cant stop looking at them, she also saw something different when she went back to the painting, well that’s the beauty of abstract art that everybody can see something different.
What is your favorite or most inspirational place?
It has to be Sicily because of the light, it’s the most sunniest spot in the Med and the flowers fruit and most impressive churches – monasteries are incredible, you need to see it to believe it.
What does art mean to you?
To me its hard to put into words, I have never been good with words and I am heavily dyslexic. My true meaning comes out when I create a new painting to me that’s my art and its hard to imagine that it means anything to anyone else because it means so much to me.
Thank you very much Tony, you have been a breath of fresh air. We hope all goes well with your artwork and are looking forward working together at Global Art Agency being part of our Gallery and hopefully you will also be joining us for the Amsterdam Showcase 1st December, 2012 at De Oude Kerk.
Global Art Agency Team.