What was your path into art and painting?

After a long period of introspection and artistic research, I felt the need to measure myself with other artists, at first taking part in painting contests and collective exhibitions, or introducing my works to the galleries of my city. Then I was lucky to meet authorized personnel that helped me broadcast my artworks.

Painting oil on canvas by artist Carlo Petrini

Are there specific artists that inspired your work?

I must admit that I've always been inspired by the painting, I remember that when I was a boy I used to look at sketches and pictures that my father was making as a hobby, I liked the scent of the products he used, naturally I was attracted by all paintings and drawings I faced. However, I've always had a preference for those artists that went beyond reality, that were able to overcome it, to manipulate it.

Painting oil on canvas by artist Carlo Petrini

Your work is completely out of the ordinary, was it a sudden inspiration or did you develop your ideas during the years?

I've always had a surrealist approach to drawing, maybe the greater inspiration came when I was about 17 years old and started to work at an industrial printing factory, it was a large building, there were impressive machines, I remember that during break times, when everything was still, I used to go around the facility, eating my sandwich, and to stop by, looking at these enormous mechanical arms, these mass of colored wires that intertwined and overlapped, they hypnotized me...

Painting oil on canvas by artist Carlo Petrini

Tell us a little about your process? How do you take a work from idea to completion?

I always make some sketches with paper or pen, it is important because it is exactly during this moment that the painting begins to live. Naturally, during the evolution of the painting, it is possible to remove or add certain details. It often happens that sudden ideas arrive, but also in these cases I sketch the ideas on paper. It's something I learned with experience.

Painting oil on canvas by artist Carlo Petrini
Painting oil on canvas by artist Carlo Petrini

What was the best advice given to you as an artist?

I have to be honest, a lot of people make effort to give advice, even when they don't know what they are talking about; since they do it by goodwill, I thank them, but I don't listen to them... Now that I think, there has been an advice I could accept and embrace as mine, it was directly for me tough. It says like this: “Do what you believe and believe in what you do,” this is a good advice.

Painting oil on canvas by artist Carlo Petrini

What are the most challenging parts to create your work?

The conception of the artwork, the creation of an interesting image, the study of painting's structure... they are fundamental things where I spend a lot of time. Sometimes it can happen that what I am doing does not satisfy me and, I must admit to you, it put me in a bad mood.

Painting oil on canvas by artist Carlo Petrini

Are you thinking about any special project for the future?

Yes, I got a peculiar project: I am studying some images to realize a large-dimension work of art, about 3x2.5 meters. I also have an idea for a tridimensional structure, locked away in a drawer. Who knows...

Painting oil on canvas by artist Carlo Petrini

Recently you have received a lot of attention on social media. How has this affected your artistic practice?

Generally speaking, the Internet or more precisely social networks can give a visibility that we could not think about just a few years ago. It is possible to showcase paintings, in real-time, to people from other continents, in places we haven't seen or heard of before. It is a crazy thing and inevitably we have more people to look at paintings and more people who can admire some artist's works. This positively influences my activity and makes me feel more important, artistically speaking.

Painting oil on canvas by artist Carlo Petrini

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