Mediterranean looks over Rome. Interview with artists: Silvana Chiozza and Cristina Piceda

Opening the exhibition in Rome “Derive Mediterranee” by the Argentine artists Silvana Chiozza and Cristina Piceda. She gives us a dialogue in the wonder time, where the magnificent works of the two artists lead us with painting and sculpture. This exhibition proposes a union between Italy and Argentina, that has always existed, a special relationship between two cultures. The link between these two artists is expressed in a passionate dialogue and the visitor is astonished by the colors and shapes in this special journey. Summoning abstract and fragments on a trip to the Mediterranean where we can dive between the color of the countryside at sunset and admire the arrival of the moon. A vibrant, elegant exhibition full of poetry.

We have a talk with the artists before their first personal exhibition in Rome at the Galleria Borromini until January 14, 2017:

SC: silvana Chiozza

CP: Cristina Piceda

1- How do you begin your artistic journey?

SC: Silvana Chiozza

CP: Cristina Piceda

SC: Always, I was very small (5 years) and went to the studio of Battle Planas (not known in Italy but is one of the most famous Argentine artists!). After that was my paternal grandfather, painter and sculptor, with whom, I learned drawing and oil painting. I was passionate about design, I always draw, everywhere … At 15 years I wanted to make the architect, but at 18 I went to Medicine and graduated. In parallel, I painted, always, never stopped. Only in 1990 made the ultimate choice for Art.

CP: As little as I said I would be an artist, that I would have lived in Paris and would have eaten cucumbers!! I studied Fine Arts in Buenos Aires, chose engraving and sculpture and I was passionate about them. After school, my father, my first great collectionist help me, and I came to Paris! It started my artistic fireplace … and I never stopped …here we are!


2- Tell us your creative experience?

SC: At first, I was attracted to the design of the human figure. Then, when I arrived in Italy, I started to passion for the landscapes, I was fascinated by the soft light that is here, the light is very clear, then the warm colors of the city of Rome, especially the atmosphere at sunset. In the latter period, however, I have been immersed in a different search, that I did enter into my work the random element, the case. I set the initial project, I dip in the sea of ​​color and expect it to come out of frame the fireplace to follow, the road to follow. I’m trying always to remain in the figurative and in the abstract a trace of the case. I think the life at the bottom and this, random elements we interconnect have our desires and we tackle the plot of the our life trying to harmonize these two elements, and I bring this into the artwork.

CP: My creative experience, I live every day, walk with me, we live together, at moments is more difficult and in others I enjoy it. No matter where I am, what I do, turn my head, is an imaginary exercise and I see the shape.

3- Silvana you have refined a technical search with a very transparent oil painting, tell us…

I have a tonal palette, I never loved the strong contrasts, I’m not in my nature, so gradually I started to make lighter drafts, the color given in more light transparency and is even more natural. In the abstract I continued to be attentive to light, in many of my abstract works light is the protagonist much more than the color.


4- Cristina how do you work a sculptural work, to understand your technique, how do you choose your sculpture materials?

When I create, I gather the information and look inside. The process is interior I let go and surprise. My hands move along with my head driving, the beginning and slow and doubtful, but when I find the fireplace they all go together they can not stop … If you break the stone, you have to start another or change the idea.

5- Tell us about your day as an artist, Silvana and Cristina?

SC: It’s very different, not always with the brushes in hand, let’s say I wait for the moment when I feel a real desire to work and then things come out of the sun. For many years I have done almost exclusively “plain air” painting, I was also looking for that glimpse or panorama that excited me, sometimes I found it by accident, and then I came back to the place with everything I needed to paint, or shot Italy so. Many times in the figurative even before I have a precise idea of ​​the finished picture, but obviously not always smooth, many works must be fought and take in stand by for long before finding the right path to complete them.

CP: The mileage and my lab, when I arrive early in the morning, I cook and prepare a cup of coffee, walk through the patio full of marbles of all those, wood, iron wire, and I irrigate my plants. This is the diary path, the ritual before you begin.

6- What is your favorite artist?

SC: I do not have one, and then have changed with time In the last few years figurative, Corot, Guardi, Turner, Diomede (Argentine, little known in Italy), Morandi, Schiele.Among the abstract ones: Burri, Mark Tobey, Rothko.Lately I’m discovering other artists that fascinate me a lot, but it would be a list too long.

CP: There are many books of artists in my studio, but I do not look at them, different favorites !!

7- How important is the research and study of an artist today?

SC: Always, so much

CP: Research is important

8- How Color Is It Important to You?

SC: Color is the emotion inside the picture, the temperature of the emotion I dare say. But it goes from the hand of the other pillars: design, light and composition, all equally important in building a work.

CP: Color depends on shape, I prefer Belgium’s Negro, Absolute Negro, Pure White, Yellow Siena, Portugal’s Rose, Change !!

Cristina Piceda, Ali del Giappone, 2016, marmo greco, intaglio diretto


9- How does a work be influenced by the space?

SC: The pictorial work, dialogues with the surrounding space, there are contexts that reinforce its message and others struggling with it.

CP: I think you would have a thousand-meter study I would do big and small sculptures.

10-What sensations would you like to leave to your public?

SC: An emotion, an impact or message, though not well-defined, if not well-defined, a presence you can not help but notice.

CP: Surprise, excite, feel, remember, swear! Many things…

11- Your Future Projects Shortly?

SC: I’m planning an exhibition in Tokyo

CP: The most immediate project will be seen with the reaction in Rome in front of my works !!!

12- To end always ask the artists I meet … ask a question nobody ever asked (and you wanted to hear yourself ask) and take an answer …

SC: Do you think this will be your definitive artistic language?

I do not know, but I would still like to explore other languages.

Silvana Chiozza, opera pittorica


CP: I’ve been asked a lot of questions that Italians surprise me with the latest !!!

SMZ: I would say that the art of these two artists will surprise us! In the exhibition of these two Argentine artists, they have in common a unique and very fascinating trait, to be able to tell them a sensual art, where the suspended time makes it master and the Mediterranean nature is fragmented in colors and linearity.

Silvana Chiozza:

Cristina Piceda:

The Galleria Borromini was born in a historic house, inhabited since the early ‘600 by Pope Innocent X Pamphilj and his relatives who entrusted the project to the Arch. Francesco Borromini. The architect took care of the palace and the scenic current accommodation, also building the Church of Santa Agnese in Agone. Today, the entire complex, formerly the Innocenziano College, is home to Hotel Eitch Borromini and is one of the symbols of the culture and architecture of Rome and Italy.

“Mediterranee Derives” by Silvana Chiozza and Cristina Piceda
in Rome October 14 -January 14, 2017

Gallery Eitch Borromini
Via Santa Maria dell’Anima, 30 in Rome
Tel: +39 06 6861425

Free admission
open from Monday to Sunday h 11-19


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