Giuseppe Mastromatteo has been working as an artist for more than a decade, after a period spent as a recordist assistant inside a record company. Mastromatteo graduated from Accademia di Comunicazione di Milano with a degree in art direction.
He writes about art, teaches at various significant academic institutes, and collaborated with the Triennale Museum of Milan.
Since 2005, Mastromatteo’s works have been exhibited in Milan, New York, Paris, Miami, Basel, Instanbul.
He likes to develop his art projects in New York where he lived for three years.
Giuseppe’s surrealistic digital photographs called ‘Indepensense’ take advantage of the subtlety of digital technology to reproduce humanity in impossible and illusory dimensions. Faces are ripped; hands have eyes; human anatomy is surgically rearranged with no blood flowing in these absurd images. For more of his works check out his website www.giuseppemastromatteo.com and check out the interview below.
How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
A priviledged observer.
Whom do you look up to?
I am sure about Andy Warhol, Rankin, Irving Penn, David Hockney, Oliviero Toscani.
Are there any personalities that have contributed to your successful career path?
A curator, and a gallerist. Mr. Pedrazzini and Mr. Pelloso.
Who or what has been the biggest influence on your way of thinking?
I like to spend time on research. To me that part is essential: looking at art online, at galleries, talking with other artist friends, curators, travelling and seeing other projects. Everything and everyone has an influcence on my art. Ideas comes from people and things you as an artist elaborate in your vision.
What made you want to become a photographer?
I don’t consider myself a photographer, I use photograpy to express myself. But I did also video, or sculpture. Photography is something I really love, but I am not a proper photographer.
What was your favourite project and why?
The first one, ‘T’ of Triennale Museum. It was an advertising poster and later became a piece of art.
How do you define creativity?
A picture you can’t take just for yourself.
If you had one advice for someone seeking to live a creative life, what would you tell him?
Do not live outside this world. Do not live your artistic life far from reality.
What was the biggest challenge you’ve faced during your career as a photographer?
To convice people I am not a photographer.
What do you know now that you wish you knew at 21?
To take your own path. I was studying law at that time…what a mistake.
Is there anything for which you would be ready to give up your passion for photography?
If it becomes a commission.
All images © Giuseppe Mastromatteo