Each week (RE)GENERATION proposes a young and emerging artist under 35. Today we have the pleasure to talk with Andrea Schifano, great and emerging painter inspired by the territory, in particular the rural culture of Apulia.

1) Hello! Tell us about you! Who are you? where you from? and what you do in life.

Hi! I’m Andrea and I’m 28 years old and I live and work in Castro( LE). At the moment I’m going to finish my painting studies at the Academy of Fine arts in Lecce.

2) How did you understand what your artistic expression was?

I have always lived in close contact with painting since my birth, my uncle is a painter! He has practically grown up, and a natural consequence was to make me fall in love with pictorial discipline.

I still feel in me the sensations I felt as a child: the charm that the painting possesses, the atmosphere of the shop, the smell of turpentine, as if all this possessed something magical and archaic, something that reappears in memory whenever I’m going to work.

Andrea Schifano,Inside #2, mixed technique on canvas, 150×150 cm, 2017

3)What’s the aim of your work? What do you want to tell?

I can not say for certain what I want to tell, or rather, my work tells me about different themes more or less related to each other, there is never a unique message. What I’m most interested in over the last 2-3 years is to look at things from another perspective, look, study, photograph and paint all that interests me from a close point of view, inside you.

My attempt is to eliminate the relationship between subject and object to losing the conception of what I have before, and perhaps enjoy it in the pictorial act.
In this sense, my work takes on a form that is always bilingual between figurative and abstract. From here the ideas on which to reason really become so many, and all this is really stimulating!

4) Is your home country a source of inspiration for your works and your artistic vision?

Of course you! Many of my works are inspired by the territory, in particular, the rural culture of Puglia. The barks of olive have invaded my canvases, besides being influenced by artists of the area, especially artists very far from painting,  it comes to mind of Sivilli, Conenna, Iurilli … and especially Carmelo Bene.

Andrea Schifano, Inside #1, mixed technique on canvan, 150×150 cm, 2017

5) What artists do you refer to or feel close to your art?

I do not have reference artists, I love all art and I think every artist has to donate something to others, so I think and hope to get something from every artist I study or know. It’s the Art of the Art, enriches it, creates connections.

6) What do you think about the artistic scene of your hometown? Is it a place where young artists like you can get the support and the motivation need?

Salento for many is a place to flee, where there is no chance to make a career, but in my opinion it is an opportunity, a land that can give us so much young people, and contemporary art can be one of these opportunities, It would be fundamental, however, to leave individualisms and group! Make the system! Create Connections!

7)Suggest three ideas to launch the culture of emerging artists in Southern Italy.

It is very important to create contemporary art prizes, artist’s residences, and workshops, which have a curatorial committee of relaunch (and in Puglia we have curators). I think it is very important to ensure solidity and quality that allows the real growth of young artists and artistic performances. I think the password, in this case, is quality.

Andrea Schifano, Skin, mixed technique, 90×90 cm, 2017


8)In recent years we are witnessing a migration of interesting personalities from Apulia to lands with more promises of future career. Do you think a change of course of this movement is possible?

As I said before, I think that Apulia can be an opportunity in the coming years, I am confident and optimistic, the air of change is felt in the air, but it is clear that we will be the proponents of our destiny, we have to roll up the sleeves.

9) What are your future plans? And your projects?

I have several on-site projects, as well as completing my academic studies

10) Do you see any artistic career or artistic project in Apulia in your future?

I hope with all my heart! It would be my dream in the drawer.

Andrea Schifano, Hell, mixed technique on canvas, 90×90 cm, 2017