Every Day is an Artistic Challenge for Luca Valentini
“Art represents the paradigm of all the expressions of the culture of its time and plays the role of permanent educator of a people, of the citizens.”
Luca Valentini is an Italian artist with an intention to not just represent current society, but to peel back the layers until the true nature of it is revealed. With a background in engineering, he brings a logic and drive to his artistry that aids his efforts to continually improve. In this interviews with The 7th Magazine’s Blog, Luxury Chapters, Valentini discusses work ethic, the reality of an artist’s life, and more.
- How has your experience as an engineer influenced your artistic career?
Surely my studies have left me a background in the approach to work and accuracy in respecting delivery times. A great artist told me never to let myself be influenced by the romantic idea of the artist. Art requires constant dedication, it is sacrifice.
- You’ve said that something “truly special” occurred for you in London as an artist. Do you believe that the being in the right location is essential for an artist to flourish?
I do not think that being in one city rather than another is fundamental, but it certainly helps you to find yourself in a city with a strong artistic ferment. Surely stimuli are a fundamental component for an artist, but this does not mean that they can also be found within themselves. What I really think important it is to expose your works in the right squares, both to have visibility and to have the opportunity to get in touch with the right collectors.
- You have described art as “the most important aspect of culture to influence people.” What is a piece of art you believe has contributed to influencing culture?
In my opinion, Marcel Duchamp and his ready-mades. Provocation, fight against common beliefs and new ideas of art are the key concepts of this artist’s work. He built a new prototype of artist. This one has to be understood as an intellectual always ready to propose itself in an unexpected way. It has raised the abnormality understood as the refusal of any rule the practice of both art and life.
- How has your art evolved over time, and how do you see it continuing to evolve?
My art is always in constant evolution. I love experimenting and always looking for new pictorial codes. In this period I abandoned the use of black and white, which represented for a very long time my stylistic number, in favor of bright colors. The material painting has given way to a flatter painting contaminated by the presence of numerous signs, such as scratches, to give dynamism to extremely frozen images. If I stop to think about what will be my evolution, in the near future, I can not give answers. I love working according to my instinct and my passions, trying to be as free as possible from patterns and constraints.
- You’ve cited Fabrizio Gunnella as your artistic mentor and credited him for teaching you to “live with art.” What does it mean to live with art?
It means to love what you do and believe that your work may be public utility in some way. Art has the ability to reveal the true life of a people, a community, a culture. It therefore has the ability to renew peoples through its fruition. Art represents the paradigm of all the expressions of the culture of its time and plays the role of permanent educator of a people, of the citizens.
- What is the most challenging painting you’ve worked on, and why was it challenging?
I made many challenges, all against myself, to get to make a work of art that was better than the previous one. My life is a continuous challenge because I can never feel fully satisfied with my work. If one day the opposite happens, exactly that day I would stop painting.
- Although you were told by a professor that art is a “fundless” career, you did not let go of your passion for art. Many artists face opposition from professors, peers, and family members when it comes to pursuing art. What advice would you give to novice artists who are facing the dilemma of whether or not to pursue art seriously?
I would advise him to think seriously about it, because it’s not an easy life. The romantic idea of the artist does not correspond to real life, the sacrifices are many. We must be ready to struggle and to believe strongly in what we do. There will be dark moments, in which we must not allow ourselves to be overthrown, because only by remaining on our feet can we hope to arrive. Finally I would advise him to follow his instinct, with the awareness of the difficulties he will face, but also awake that this is the most beautiful profession in the world.
Luca Valentini’s words are a reminder that behind the beauty of art lies exhaustive effort. If you’re close to giving up, labor on. You will be rewarded with a tool that may help unlock future success.