Interview with Collage Artist and Painter Claudio Parentela

21 Jun

Claudio Parentela is an illustrator, painter, photographer, mail artist, cartoonist, collagist, and freelance journalist, and has been active in the international underground scene for many years. He has collaborated with magazines of contemporary art, literary and of comics in Italy and around the world, including NY Arts Magazine, Turntable & Blue Light Magazine, Komix, LitChaos, Why Vandalism, Thieves Jargon, 180 Mag, Braintwisting, and The Doors of Creativity Anthology. Here are some of his pieces and our Q & A with the artist.

Where in Italy do you reside?

In South Italy…in Calabria (my region)…in Catanzaro (my city).

When did you first start doing collages/painting?

I draw and paint every day…and have have been professionally since 1995. I drew and painted only in black and white with tons of black Indian ink for almost 12-13 years. In the past 4-5 years I felt the need for colours and new materials and now I create with all I have under my hands.

What were your influences growing up?

Many. A lot of underground comics, outsider art, crazy fashion — Aurobindo & Mère, P.P. Pasolini, Diamanda Galas,Coil, Current93, Philip K.Dick, Joni Mitchell, Can,Popol Vuh, Ghèdalia Tazartès, Kabbalah, Vivienne Westwood, Moschino, John Galliano, Tarots, Sai Baba, Robert Crumb….and a lots of others.

Where do you gain your inspiration?

From all I read….I listen…I feel.

Do you have any set routine when beginning one of your collage pieces?

I need first of good music, possibly a good beer, nothing else. I need good music yes, without music I’m not able to create.

Who are your favorite artists?

Diamanda Galas, Ghèdalia Tazartès, Miles Davis, Jeff Koons, Judith Supine, Terry Richardson, Joel P Witkin, Jan Saudek, Dain, Bast, Robert Longo, Incapacitans, Merbow.

What other medium of creativity would you pursue if you could not paint and collage?

Videos and photos….all in a crazy, drunk and experimental way naturally.

You can browse Claudio’s Flickr Galleries to see a wide range of collage works. Claudio Parentela Gallery 1, Gallery 2, Gallery 3 and Gallery 4.

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