Featured Artist: Claudio Valerio

Claudio Valerio, exhibition view, courtesy of the artist.

Hi Claudio! Great having you here, could you please tell the readers about yourself?

My name is Claudio Valerio and I am 30 years old. My hometown is Sulmona, a small town in the heart of Abruzzi, Italy. I currently live in Bologna. My main medium is painting.

At which point did you realise you wanted to be an artist?

I don’t know exactly when and how I realised I was an artist. Sometimes, I still wonder. I found myself pursuing the artist career, and time will give me more and more answers.

Claudio Valerio, courtesy of the artist.

How do you create — what is your process?

The creative process is the core of my work. I seek a combination of process and will to explore new territories. The synthesis of these elements can bring the birth of the artwork or its failure. Failure is seen as an incentive, as a kind of search engine.

Claudio Valerio, exhibition view, courtesy of the artist.

And have you ever thought about defining a mission as to why you create?

If I had to define myself I would say “seeker”. I love the possibility of something happening. My artworks follow this paradigm, for me life represents the pleasure of being amazed, and is never separate from life.

What inspires you as an artist?

What inspires me is the concept of existence. I often wonder what being human means, and answers come living, of course. I see my artworks as something physiological since they embody this idea.

Claudio Valerio, exhibition view, courtesy of the artist.

How has your creative process changed throughout 2020, did pandemic and the lockdown influence your practice?

Isolation due to pandemic caused a series of events that has conditioned my practice, of course. I think this happened to everyone, though.

What could be your message you wanted your future collectors to know?

For me an artwork stands for a challenge. Who collects my work is the one taking up this challenge.

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