Osvaldo Mariscotti is an American citizen and one of the most significant artists working today. Osvaldo is dedicated to the interaction of form and color that has led to a continued exploration of perception. He takes over the most basic elements of Suprematist art, the straight line and the square, a choice that reflects the emphasis he places on the shapes produced by man rather than those existing in nature. His works are very significant, made from the decomposition of figures such as the rectangle, which is then decomposed into its essential colored lines on a black background.
In 2015, Osvaldo first participated in the 56th Venice Biennale with his now iconic “Book of Color I.” His artwork has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in prestigious institutions around the world. Recently Osvaldo Mariscotti spoke to the Examiner about his experiences working as an artist and his hopes for the future:
Meagan Meehan (M.M.): How and when did you decide to become an artist?
Osvaldo Mariscotti (O.M.): I didn’t decide to become an artist; I truly think it was inevitable. Not surprisingly, I showed an aptitude for art from a young age, but when it was time for me to choose a professional career I actually decided to become an engineer. I went to college and got my engineering degree and spent many years developing projects. However, I realized that the only aspect of my engineering career I was completely passionate about was the artistic side of it. I loved designing the structures, conceptualizing the forms and seeing how they flowed together and became reality. So, after doing a serious re-examination, I left engineering aside and devoted myself to art entirely.
M.M.: Growing up, which artists/types of art interested you?
O.M.: The artists/types of art that interested me really changed over time. Earlier in my life, my work was more figurative and the work of Van Gogh really resonated with me. However, as my own work became more abstract I became far more interested in Mondrian, Rothko and Picasso (before Cubism).
M.M.: How would you describe your work and what inspires it?
O.M.: I would describe my work as dynamic abstract. In other words, I think of my abstract as an expression across both spatial and temporal dimensions, which are interchangeable. The work is partly inspired by an exploration of the concept of struggle, the way that individuals interact with their environment and are changed by it, both across space and time. In that sense, my canvas tries to capture this transformation across all dimensions, which you can probably see in the definition of the key elements as they “flow” through different colors.
M.M.: How did you go about getting into galleries and/or public showcases?
O.M.: Currently, I have an amazing agent that manages everything to do with gallery exhibitions, art fairs, trade shows, museum solo shows, etc. I deal exclusively with the art and its production.
M.M.: Do you have a favorite piece? If so, which one and why?
O.M.: I have a few favorite pieces. Each corresponds to a different stage in my pictorial development. Nonetheless, I always think of my current work as my favorite since I put all of my energy into it.
M.M.: What are your mediums of choice?
O.M.: From a young age I was already comfortable with oil and spatula. Oil has a pigment consistency that allows me to create volume on the canvas, something you cannot achieve with acrylic. The brightness and warmth of oil is incomparable. After several years of spatula I’m now working again with the brush.
M.M.: Are there any mediums that you haven’t worked with yet but hope to soon?
O.M.: Depending on my current artwork, I sometimes also resort to enamels or inks. I would like to work with fiberglass to make sculpture in very large sizes.
M.M.: How did you develop your unique style?
O.M.: Over the years. I went through a number of stages that allowed me to grow, always staying authentic. I like visiting museums, especially those with Contemporary work. The colors I find in these museums inspire me and fill me with energy to create my own original work.
M.M.: To date, what has been the most rewarding experience involving your artwork and/or being an artist?
O.M.: I find the most rewarding to be the artwork I exhibit throughout Italy. Each one of those exhibitions has been very rewarding. I love presenting my work there, probably because I’m an Italian at heart, totally. I see the reaction of Italians in front of my work and it’s incomparable. Italy is so rewarding to me.
M.M.: What advice would you give to someone who is aspiring to become an artist?
O.M.: I would advise them to follow their own path; to learn different techniques in order to have the right tools to express themselves. If they train with someone, please try not to copy their style but rather do their own thing.
M.M.: Are there any upcoming projects and/or events that you would like to mention?
O.M.: Yes, numerous shows in Italy, Sweden, England and New York.
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To learn more about Osvaldo Mariscotti visit his website, gallery website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.