Francesco Albano graduated from Fine Art University of Carrara in 2000 and won the National Prize of Arts – MIUR for sculpture in 2005. He had his first solo show titled ‘Everyday Bestiary’ in Milan in 2008 and second solo show titled ‘Five Easy Piece’ at Ex Marmi Gallery in Pietrasanta in 2009. In 2011, his works were exhibited in group shows titled ‘The State of Art, Tese di San Cristoforo, Arsenale’ in Venice concurrent with Venice Biennial and ‘P.I.E.T.A.S.’ at Studio 9 in Istanbul.
The artist has been working in Istanbul since 2010. He is “interested in and influenced by a wide range of subjects from philosophical, mystical and spiritual arguments to scientific theories, from psychological studies to real life stories. Albano uses skin and bone as a critical and personal tool of expression to focus on the effect of societal pressures and psychological violence on the human body and collective conscience” (via the galerist). For more information check out his website www.albanofrancesco.blogspot.de and the interview below.
Whom do you look up to?
I admire people who are capable of inhabiting those special, anonymous zones in between the official and conventional rules of life, redefining them through the unpredictable and through genius. I’m referring to those DEUS EX MACHINA who can solve the apparently unsolvable things in the world and in humankind.
Are there any personalities that have contributed to your successful career path?
I don’t know how successful my artistic career is. I prefer to define “making art” as authorship. I define myself an author, literally the one responsible for – the maker of – something, in my case artworks. The concept of authorship is also the dialectic solution to some fundamental problems regarding “MAKING ART”, saving it from ephimeral and facile logic and dynamics like those involving success and originality at all costs. Having said this, I think artistic development has many different and infinitely interlinked influences and threads to follow. In the light of this basic perspective, my artistic education began early. At the age of 11 I started my apprenticeship in my father, Stefano’s, studio. He was an excellent sculptor and master of life. He and others, and above all life and experience, have contributed to my growth and education, both artistic and human.
How do you define creativity?
It’s the compromise of experiencing, and being a frequent visitor to those mental, emotional and physical platforms where phantoms, desires and absence are captured.
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