Each week Apuliart Contemporary proposes a young and emerging artist under 35. Today we have the pleasure to talk with Lorenzo D’Alba, a young painter from Otranto, now a student at Brera Academy in Milan.
1) Hello! Tell us about you! Who are you? Where are you from? What do you do in your life?
Hi, I’m Lorenzo! I lived my first 19 years among the colors, the history and the vitality of Otranto. A few months ago I started studying art and painting at the Fine Arts Academy of Brera in Milan.
2) How did you understand what your artistic expression was?
Maybe I did not really understand it yet! I’m still young, I’m twenty years old and I’ve just started a path of experimentation with techniques and materials. I am persuaded that we need to always look for the best way to communicate what we feel and live every moment of your life.
3) Which is the aim of your job? What do you want to tell?
My work consists of a dialectical game and also off correspondences. I try to create a connection of strange concepts, symbols, analogies, and contrasts. The canvas of my works is the absolute emptiness that is filled with experiences, memories, and objects.
I want to give a new value to the, especially relevant void. As a result, I decided to use small formats for this new series. I want to give new life to the emptiness with my artistic gesture. The observer approaches my works in order to be able to contemplate them, in this way a metaphysical and religious vital space is created.
4) Is your home country a source of inspiration for your works and your artistic vision?
Absolutely yes, the distance from my homeland is a reason to remember and to use the heritage of history and culture of images and thoughts of Lecce and Otranto. The elements of my land often return in my work.
5) What artists do you refer to or feel close to your art?
Alberto Burri has influenced my artistic culture very much. In my cultural baggage, I also carry the work of Anselm Kiefer, Twombly and Gerhard Richter.
I am very interested in the work of Anish Kapoor and Medardo Rosso, for example, or that of artists working in recent years as Francesca Pasquali, Giuseppe Gabellone, or Matteo Fato and Adelita Husni-Bey, whom I had the opportunity to meet.
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?
I believe that every small or large city has a strong artistic potential but it is important that it comes out through young local artists. I am quite optimistic and so I think that Lecce has a great artistic energy. In my experience it has been very important to meet people who helped me to believe in myself and to be active despite the obstacles.
7) Suggest three ideas to launch the culture of emerging artists for South Italy.
Trust in the work of young people and try to accommodate any type of work of art.
Do not forget the history of art and always be informed about what happens in the national and international art world. Promote not only the activities in the gallery but also works that move in the city to open the art to everyone and not just to a few people.
8)In recent years we are witnessing a migration of interesting personalities from Apulia to places with more attractive career opportunities. Is, in your opinion, a change of direction possible?
Certainly yes, first of all, because I admire the tenacity of those who promote their art remaining in “motherland”. The important thing is to share your knowledge! I think it is important to know different realities because it allows you to experiment and take a different approach to your work and helps to improve.
9) What are your future plans? And your projects?
My experimentation does not stop. Besides proceeding with painting and drawing, I have ideas to make my work become much more interactive and communicative than it is. But for now the work continues and I feel the need for a lot of research and a lot of studies.
10) Do you see any artistic work in Puglia in your future?
I am bound to my land and I would like my work to contribute to the development of its art scene. For the moment Milan is a step in a path of artistic growth.