The Canvas | Alessandro Della Pietra
21 December 2012
Born in Rome in 1973, Alessandro Della Pietra, fascinated by the world around him, realized that reality could be reworked and projected into new dimensions. Working in graphics for magazines and advertising, he learned how to manipulate and retouch images. As a true creative, he loves painting, photography, acting, music (playing the guitar), anything that stimulates the mind, heart and soul. Alessandro's work transports you to a world where everything seems peculiarly familar however when you look closer is just that bit different...
What is your earliest artistic memory?
I visited a wonderful exhibition of Caravaggio, at the Quirinale Palace in Rome, and I came out really inspired.
Has your art or approach/method changed over the years and if so, how?
My method has changed and is changing. I started drawing in the most classic way, then I worked a lot with photos and with the alteration of them. Now I use a technique that combines all these things together on digital media, and the testing continues ...
Where do you get your inspiration from?
The sources of inspiration are many and varied. Childish fantasies, or stories and novels I've read, I really like mystery, occult, fairy tales. Sometimes dreams, or even a sort of visions, as if someone was transmitting me, and my work "Antropogenesy" is an example of this. (see image above)
What is your biggest ambition as an artist?
I'd like to be considered, one day, as one of the initiators of a new artistic trend, a way of making art projected into the future, using all the tools that the technical evolution provides, however, mixed with classic moods.
If you could own any piece of artwork, what would it be and why?
I'd like to own the Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci, because of the charm and aura of mystery that has always been on it. And because Leonardo is the artist who more than anyone else mixed in the best way all the knowledge and tools known at his time, in favor of art. A real genius.
If you could have you artwork displayed in any gallery in the world, where would it be?
On the walls of buildings, in the streets of any city, for the enjoyment of everyone.
Who would you like to meet and what question would you want to ask them?
I'd like to meet someone who lived in ancient Egypt, and ask for an explanation of the many representations of which still is not clear the real meaning, for example, the "Dendera light".
What is your most prized possession?
If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?
Apart from Egypt, I'd like to go to Austria in the period of Mozart, to listen to an opera directed by him and absorb a little magic.
What do you consider the greatest invention of all time?
Music. Although more than an invention I consider it the capture of something that already existed somewhere, reworked and returned through musical instruments.
If you had the power to change something what would that be and why?
Hearts of people, because I would like not to have to see certain things happening in the world.
What is your favourite place?
An enchanted forest.
What is your all time favourite movie or tv program?
Can you tell us the title/author ofthe last book you have read?
It was a re-reading ... “A Christmas Carol”, because I wanted to create an image, and so then it was.
What would you scribble on a wall of world’s greatest quotes?
Stay hungry. Stay foolish!
What are you most afraid of?
What life lesson do you always stand by?
Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.
If you had to give art students today some advice, what would it be?
Fall in Love with the projects that you undertake, do not waste anything, always try to learn as much as possible from everyone you meet in your life, everybody, good or bad, has something to teach.
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