Inside the Studio

Luciano de Liberato

What are the major themes you pursue in your work?

My work has always been conducted in cycles of discovery and creation research, based from the beginning on the presence of the indicator or “sign”. The indicator is organic and vital, a form of poetry moving forward and is a “sign of life”. This sign was originally painted, and then became progressively more material by the use of thread and twine until 1994, when the sign became tape, ripe with tension, lights, and colours. I don’t pursue a theme or story right from the beginning, because each cycle starts from the end of the previous cycle, and the understanding of what I am doing or developing with a new work, becomes clear only at the end of each work.

What was the best advice given to you as an artist?

When I was starting it was suggested that I maintain my day job as an architect and designer.  

This was to help avoid financial hardships and uncertainties during economic difficulties. I did not follow that suggestion, and instead my desire to become a full-time artist was an incentive to face immediately my future and my destiny. This was a turning point like a challenge for me, and I closed my architectural studio and dedicated my life to art.

Prefer to work with music or in silence?

In absolute silence. My work requires complete and continuous focus. In my work there are no artisanal routine tasks. The work from the beginning to the end talks to me. From this communication, I receive continuous requests to be decided, illuminated, and to an organic composition. I need to abandon myself to the promises and emotions that my painting presents, and to continue to look for more promises and emotions still hidden in the vanishing white canvas.

If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?

I don’t know. I confess that there are many art geniuses that greatly move me. I am referring to the work of artists that are able to spark dreams, thoughts, surprises, like only great art can do. For example, I am thinking of the work of Alberto Burri and Mark Rothko.

Who are your favorite writers?

I read a lot when I was younger. Today, I want to dedicate all my life, and my time, and my future years, to painting, without stopping for any break or distraction of any nature.