Paolo Canevari | Photo: Francesco Carrozzini

NAME: Paolo Canevari
Born: 1963, Rome, Italy
WEB: www.PaoloCanevari.it

Who is Paolo Canevari after all?

A man, an Artist.

What is the focus of your work?

To open up various prospectives in the viewer's way of thinking. To elevate the viewer to an individual creative confrontation with the work itself.

How personal are your works?

Nothing comes from nothing, my work is about memory. I'm a rhabdomancer of poetic research. I try to be a meat grinder of my personal memories, the meatballs that I make are the works...

Do you collect art yourself?

Yes, I have a collection of original vintage Pin-Up photographs by photographer like Carlo Mollino, Irwing Klaw, Elmer Batters, Araki. Lately I'm also collecting paintings depicting women from the 19th/20th century.

Paolo Canevari - "Nobody Knows", 2010 | Foto: Marco Anelli.

Where does your inspiration come from?

The need of a different view about the world and its idiosyncrasies.

Where do you do all your creative work?

My favorite space is my mind, I think a lot about the works, giving them a physical shape. The last act can happen anywhere, i haven't had a studio for a long time, I don't want to be forced into a creative routine or in a specific place because it would be too restrictive and limited.

Are you an easy person to live with?

I'm sure I'm not the right person to answer to that.. But I can think about few people that would say that actually I'm a nice guy.

What makes you angry?

Violence, arrogance, politics based on the interest of few (basically all of them...) the moral confusion and the illusions of happiness created by the system of materialism and consumerism.

Paolo Canevari - "Monuments of the Memory" - Monotype Series, 2015.

What makes you happy?


What is your favorite time of year? Why?

Spring and the flowers blooming in the country side.

Describe your personal style in three words.

Against main stream.

What is your favorite color?


Paolo Canevari - "Black Tears", 2014.

What book are you reading by now?

Poems by Giuseppe Ungaretti, The Dream of a Thing, by Pier Paolo Pasolini.

Can you name an artist you admire?

Joseph Beuys.

What do you think about art?

Art is a universal language, no need of subtitles or translation, it's a pure act of poetry in opposition to indifference; an act that can put in jeopardy the system and the imposed reality.

Your recent songs you're listening at the moment?

Schubert Op. 100, Beethoven piano sonatas.

Paolo Canevari - "Black Books", 2011.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

A lack of hope in humanity sometimes...

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

I can't believe it!

What can we expect from Paolo Canevari in the future?

To be still too far to be understood.

The final question: Where would you most like to be right now?

Making love instead of answering these questions...

Paolo Canevari - "Jesus", 1999.

Thank you very much, Paolo Canevari!

Leandro Castro