Inside the Studio

Francesco Garieri

What are the major themes you pursue in your work?
The themes of my work are many and varied. For example, I’m interested in the evolution of our society, and the effects of technology upon mankind and our evolution. Technology has the ability to end wars and impact social differences, but its consumption can also pollute the world, and destroy nature. Is it possible for technology to contribute to making us slaves of a system of thought that will speed the decline of the human race, creating a large-scale disaster? My job as an artist is to express the moment to the observer facing his or her own issues and conscience. I like to mix techniques and styles in the same work, while keeping the freedom of intuition at the time of creation. I think that this brings life to my work, and sometimes I cover parts of the canvas that don’t suit my needs; I build and deconstruct until I find a balance in the composition.

What was the best advice given to you as an artist?
Remain free in your work, and be wary of modes, as only the work matters. I also love this quote by Francis Bacon: “You know, for me the paint–and the older I get, the more it really was an accident. I see it, but I almost never happens that I had expected. They transform itself. In fact, I rarely know what will be the canvas and many things happen by accident, because it becomes a process to know which element of the accident I will choose to preserve. ”

Prefer to work with music or in silence?
When I work, I can listen to classical music, Bob Marley, the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, slam, rap and also French music. However, music does not influence my painting; it is only a history of atmosphere. 

If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?
The last one I have painted, so I can see my mistakes.

Who are your favorite writers?
My favorite writer is French, Christian Bobin. But there are others.