ARTIST INTERVIEW

EMANUELE TOZZOLI

Painted Jazz

APRIL 16, 2021         BY: FELICITY CARTER

For 31 year old Italian painter, Emanuele Tozzoli, the aim of his game is to convey the present moment. On first view, you’ll see that his artwork is bound in the harmonies of paint (he has a both a musical and artistic background), and the intimate emotions and feeling that can be depicted though color. And it appears that many others dance to his artistic beat, with gallery connections all over the world, plus his 90k followers on Instagram. Impressive. They’re all tuning in for his abstract, wild, and vivid pieces that, as he calls it, represents visceral impulses and connect us to that moment. 

My work is the result of a deep connection with the present moment, an instinctive and visceral impulse. As in a Jazz improvisation, I am not looking for an arrival point, but I am looking for the spark that lights you up and that always transports you to unexplored territories.

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© Emanuele Tozzoli

What was your first memory of art?
I started painting in the early years of childhood, together with my father, who is also an artist. I have memories of the first sculptures made together by assembling objects and materials of various kinds and of the first abstract paintings.

 


How would you describe your aesthetic?
I have always been strongly interested in every field of art. I believe my aesthetic research is closely linked to music and harmony. In adolescence I studied music composition and graduated as a sound engineer. This has had a dominant impact for me in my pictorial research. It allowed me to observe and understand the subtle nuances that connect every field of art.

 


Which artists have had the biggest impact on your style?
I have certainly always been fascinated by the great classical masters, such as Leonardo, Michelangelo or Caravaggio, but at the same time also by the great masters of the 1900s such as Picasso, De Kooning or Bacon. Furthermore, even ancient primitive art, thanks to its visceral and authentic imprint, is a source of inspiration for me.

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© Emanuel Tozzoli

How has your work evolved? And where would you like it to go?
My work is the result of a deep connection with the present moment, an instinctive and visceral impulse. As in a Jazz improvisation, I am not looking for an arrival point, but I am looking for the spark that lights you up and that always transports you to unexplored territories.

 


What’s your relationship with color?
I love to perceive color in its most intimate nature, to feel the emotion and the sensations it gives me when I work with it. These subtle vibrations drag you, shake you, and dance with you throughout each creation.
 


What do you look to communicate via your art?
My art reflects my inner world, it is the material transformation of my unconscious. I don't try to communicate something, but it is the result of an unstoppable impulse to generate new life. I like that each person can freely and without limits interpret what he sees and what the painting conveys to him on a subtle level.

 


Do you explore common themes, or are there any common traits that run through your pieces?
In my paintings there is a recurring symbolism, the result of my research in the different fields of art, music and philosophy. The strong link with the visceral and authentic thrust of infantile and primitive art, linked to the search for harmony in classical art.

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© Emanuele Tozzoli

EMANUELE TOZZOLI

@EMANUELETOZZOLI

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