Today we had a chat with Federico Polloni, one of the first artists on Artsted to experiment with our newst NFT feauture for artists.
Based in Venice, he exhibited his work in many cities around the world, including New York, London, Bergen, Milan, Gothenburg and Ljubljana. His mystic symbolism snaps us immediately into his fantastical world where painting assumes new meanings.
Let's discover more about him and his works.
What was your first step in becoming an artist?
One can argue that my journey as an artist follows the traditional academic growth of an artist and having studied in Venice at the Academy of Fine Arts I can confirm that. In those years studying I met with Carlo di Raco - still my external tutor in the painting course - and I had the chance to experiment with painting and its practice in the incredible artistic environment that the city of Venice provides.
That incredible experience gave the chance to know myself better but also to refine my tecnique. It is with my collegues at the Academy of Fine Arts, in fact, that I opened a Studio where I currently work.
How do you define yourself in the creative industry?
I define myself as a creative.
What is indispensable while working in your studio?
Beers in the fridge to share with my colleagues at the end of the day. It is essential for me to have moments where we exchange ideas with other artists; this is why I needed to share my Studio with others. I find that it is very importn to have feedback of my new works from them - it is my first step in the process of understanding if my work is strong or weak.
It is essential for me to have moments where we exchange ideas with other artists; this is why I needed to share my Studio with others.
Who are your favorite artists and who are the ones that built your creative imaginery?
I am an omnivore and I consume whatever content I can find: everything feeds me. Recently I discovered Gustave Moreau in Paris, an artist from the end of the 19th century but I also take into consideration contemporary artists whose work is mutating and transforming; having time as part of their founding elements. Also I appreciate Pierre Huyghe using bees in the grotesque faces of his sculptures in occasion of documenta 13.
Other artists that unlocked emotions in my creative imaginery are surely Yves Klein, Lenz Geerk, Louise Giovanelli, Valerio Nicolai, Marlene Dumas, Nicolas Party, Haris Epaminonda, David Hockney,Georgia O’Keeffe, Yue Minjun, Bridget Riley, Mevlana Lipp, Victor Man, Avery Singer, Magritte, Karl Hofer, Olivia Bax, Julie Mehretu.
Not that the pandemic is almost over, what are your next plans?
I want to keep working on my projects without any kind of distractions- One of my main objectives is to be focused, in fact. In the last year I became more and more involved in the crypto-art and NFT realm. Therefore, I am working on a series of works with digital painting and animations. It fascinates me to expand this new background experimenting with new languages and researches. I want to master at the best of my possibilities these tecniques so it can be easier for me to work with these new technologies.
In the last year I became more and more involved in the crypto-art and NFT realm. Therefore, I am working on a series of works with digital painting and animations. It fascinates me to expand this new background experimenting with new languages and researches.