Artist Focus: Mario Sughi

Artist Focus: Mario Sughi

from October 1, 2020

This week's interview is with Italian artist Mario Sughi, aka nerosunero, in which we discover his pop and contemporary digital illustrations. One day, in the early 90s, one of his friends showed him "Internet" and Adobe Photohop 2. A few years later, he was working as an illustrator for an archaeological society and started drawing using a graphic tablet and Adobe Illustrator. The work of our brand new artist is very special, with images representing scenes of everyday life that are often candid. His style is precise and geometrical, with blocks of bright colors, but it remains imbued with a certain organic fluidity.

"My work consists essentially of creating images. And creating images is my way of fully engaging with what I see. I love the great American painters who represent the second half of the 20th century. In particular, the works of Alex Katz, Fairfield Porter, Jane Freilicher, Lois Dodd and Neil Welliver. In their work, style is the real subject, the thing that stands out in front of you. Then comes an energetic flatness, beautifully abstract and elegant, almost digital. Magnificent!" Mario Sughi walks around with a camera and captures scenes from life. Then, back in his studio at home, he observes them: "Some of them are beautiful, but they never accurately reflect the way I see things. Many details go unnoticed, but my emotions, my feelings (including those of space and time) seem false (as if they were not mine) or absent. This is why I have no choice but to go back to my sketchbook or drawing tablet and start painting these images."

What he wishes to share through his works? "I have many memories of long evenings with friends. The faces, the smiles, the gestures, blink quickly one after the other in front of me. And still, of these evenings, I have almost no memory of the subjects of our conversations. I don't think the subject is always so relevant. The true meaning of an encounter, a conversation or a painting is elsewhere."

See all the works of Mario Sughi