Monday, 7 January 2013

Interview with Claudio Parentela





Hello Claudio! Would you like to introduce yourself to my readers?

 Hello..... I'm 40 years old ... I live in Italy..... I'm an illustrator, painter, cartoonist, collagist, tarotologist, and freelance journalist.


Talk me through an average day in the life of you?

I paint and I draw every day professionally since 1995.... I need first of all good music.... much good music.... of my cigarettes...... I never know what I will do..... I follow music..... my thoughts .....I let it all happen.... just..... and the magic happens every day...... in a shamanic trance... a wonderful journey every day.


How old were you when you first began creating art?

Oh.... I draw since I was a child.... I have always loved to draw and to draw.... I knew that this was my life..... my real life.... I have always drawn big eyes ....yes the eyes are the first thing I drew... very big eyes... disturbing eyes and alien skinny bodies.

A lot like this pretty lady thing...



Did it take a while to find your style?

My style changes daily, evolving every day with my life ... I read a lot of books ....I listen to a lot of music ... I look at a lot of magazines, photos, fashion, bands..... comics... everything evolves ... with me.... in me ... in my art....


How would you describe your artwork? And what do you think your art says about you?

My art is dreamy, hallucinatory, obsessive, trendy, linear, anarchic, crazy… it’s strange being in the world.... 


Does it take a long time to create one of your works?

No…. I’m fast as the light …because I love my work.


Where do you find inspiration on a daily basis?

In all the people I encounter…music….underground comics…..magazines….books…..

...and in Portis Wasp, obviously.

 

Describe Claudio as a child?

A very strange and lonely child. 


Has much changed now that you are fully grown?

Not much really.


A guilty pleasure you can't seem to quit?

To smoke.


If the world was coming to an end and you were allowed one last kiss, who would you kiss and why?

My wife….because I love her…..

That's a sweet thing to say.


If you could be any animal for the day, what animal would you be and what would you do for the day?

A poisonous spider.... to bite my enemies ... all of my enemies ....and my friends too….

Even your friends Claudio?!  You're so mischievous!
  

 Where do you call home?

Where all my loved things are… my colours… my books… my papers… my books… my cats…. my flowers….my music...


How do you like to spend your time when you are not working?

Reading…..I read a lot of books…


Would you like to ask Portis Wasp a question?

Would you like to ask Claudio Parentela a question?

Um, okay. What can we expect from you in 2013?

Success.... love... money... friends... holida.... and again... Success.... love ... money... friends... holiday.....

Sounds amazing.


What did you have for lunch today?

Pizza….potato chips…beer….

Mmmm that sounds delicious!  Thanks Claudio!




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