Tragic Parody

in conversation with Maurizio Bongiovanni

Maurizio Bongiovanni’ s works will be shown in ‘Comic Tendencies’
09 October - 19 October 2019

Autopilot, 2018, oil on canvas

Autopilot, 2018, oil on canvas

‘I am interested to represent the various forms or masks and tragedy’

How did you first get interested in art and begin making works?

It happened in a very spontaneous way; In fact, I like to think that my love for painting arrived silently on tiptoe. At a young age, I really liked drawing and enjoyed seeing my mother or grandfather drawing. Mom was drawing beautiful princesses for me and my sister, while my grandfather, the few times he drew, once depicted an incredible Pinocchio with a striking appearance and a face that scared us. He had only one eye.

What attracted you to painting?

I would say its erotic appearance and its ability to make you feel its temperature.

Your artwork questions sexuality and queer identity in a theatrical and dreamlike dramatic and perhaps ironic stage, do you want to talk about that?

The main subjects of my paintings are Agender characters, subjects who speak to us of a non-binary genre, who feel neither men nor women, but who carry the limits of the chaos of existence.

How is your art perceived your art in Italy place where you work and live?

I live between Milan and London, although lately, I prefer to live in Italy where I can be concentrate and paint a lot. London, as we know, is an ideal place to capture reflections on contemporary art but I find it hard to be focused. I must admit that Italy has welcomed my work with great interest and curiosity; I will soon have two personal exhibitions in Rome and Milan.

How your painting start and take shape?

I have no single way to make my paintings.
Sometimes, I use simple drawings, other times I use the digital software to have a preview of my project, I paint directly on the canvas. I always try to find different ways to shape my paintings.

Facebook Generation , 2016, oil on canvas

Facebook Generation, 2016, oil on canvas

Poison Arrow , 2018, oil on canvas

Poison Arrow, 2018, oil on canvas

You became a ‘YouTuber’, how is the relation with the public and be online and offline?

Well, call me YouTuber would be too much. (laughs)
The idea comes from a strong passion that I have about books; I like the idea that through a book, a sentence, a title, a painter can make an image. It’s quite magical. It is one of the many ways to make a painting and spreading one's passion into another medium like a video on YouTube. I think my little audience really appreciates this unique channel. (laughs)

What is informing your work right now?


I am interested to represent the various forms or masks that tragedy has worn over time and to questioning the tragic through the expressive form of parody.

Why do you think art is important and what is it for you?


In this respect, I like to remember the wonderful writer Etty Hillesum.
Despite her knowing that she would be deported to concentration camps, she wrote about Rilke’s poetry and how beautiful is life. Therefore, answering to your question, I think it is something necessary, urgent and violent but also is its opposite.

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