Self described "crazy Italian visual artist", Claudio Parentela has a quirkiness and childlike mischievous attitude that flows through his works.
Mixing and matching new and old, dark and light, beautiful and ugly, Claudio blends elements that seemingly shouldn't be paired, yet manages to effortlessly bring it all together.
Born in Catanzaro where he lives and works, Claudio may be well known for his mixed media collage work, but is also heavily involved as an illustrator, painter, photographer, cartoonist, journalist and all-round freelance artist.
Active for many years in the international contemporary art scene, and having collaborated with and featured in an enormous amount of magazines, publications, art galleries, literary and comics in Italy and internationally, Claudio has a drive and passion for art that keeps him constantly on the move, on the lookout, and in the studio.
We catch up to learn a little bit more about what makes him tick.
Tell us a little bit about yourself
I’m 54 years old... I’m a crazy italian visual artist.
Where did you grow up?
In the South of Italy in the ancient Magna Graecia, in Catanzaro, my city.
Did you always know this was the path you wanted to take?
Absolutely not! Never. It is and always has been a wonderful adventure, a fantastic shamanic journey.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
...on Pluto painting a giant canvas!
If you had all creative freedom, what would you do
I would paint the world in green and yellow polka dots.
Is there anyone you would love to collaborate with?
Yes. With myself and with Claudio.
Who inspires you?
All and everything inspire me. I'm a huge fan of big and small - I mix everything.
Have those inspirations changed over time?
Sure, they change very quickly and I myself change very quickly. I like to change my skin very quickly!
If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?
Only and exclusively this. I need to feel free in myself and to create art. To experiment continually and always.