Born on the Amalfi coast in Italy, Massimo studied painting at the Academy of Fine Art in Naples before leaving to travel the world, living in Barcelona, London, Paris, New York, and now Prague. Working ‘en plein air’, Massimo paints in quick, free strokes using watercolors and a wet canvas. His work is characterized by rich tones, tilted perspectives, and urban movement.
I started making art since I was very young…even since 5/6 years old I was able to draw better than writing.
How would you describe your style?
My style is a combination of extemporary and impressionistic visions with a general project definite by contemporary architecture concepts…a kind of landscape architect.
How has your art evolved over the years?
My art has evolved quite a lot….being a student of Fine Arts, I had a classical style, then I totally changed during my travelling for a more expressionistic idea of painting. When I was living in Asia, I had an artistic stage of personal spiritualist attitude until I landed on the watercolor technique, and completely fell in love with the medium.
What are the inspirations for your art?
I do not have a singular or specific way to inspire myself, every day I try to overcome the ideas and the targets I reached the they before…just like that I am still trying to be a pure Artist, through an hard mental work, not following the mere and superficial illusion of an easy inspiration
How do your travels influence your art?
When I moved from Italy, I had a gypsy life for 4 years, I traveled around the world and then I found my self in the fascinating beauty of the views of Prague city, when I decided to turn all my energy toward the watercolor technique and the depictions of landscapes and buildings.
What are some of your favorite artists?
My best artist is Caravaggio as a model to follow for his brave and capacity to live is own artistic world, painting and real life was for him the same thing; I still like a lot Sargent and G. Gigante an italian watercolorist of 1800 from the well know school of Posillipo, and as contemporary I really appreciate the Australian watercolorists, they got an incredible school full of talents.
What is your creative process like?
I usually work on location, sometimes I do several sketches of the same theme and then go to complete it in the studio…usually I do finish a painting one by one. I do not mind including famous sights in my work, but I like walking in places to find an aesthetic detail or an interesting game of shadow and light. Basically I approach the painting with a separate palette of warm and cold colour, the contrast have an interesting three-dimensional and plastic effect; I always try to move the brush as fast as I can, to catch the movement, that I am seeing in reality, on the paper…that lets the painting get the energy and the vibrations that I am constantly looking for in my style.
How long does it take you to complete a painting?
I usually work ”en plein air” so I need a pretty fast execution, but even in studio I used to work as one going on, when I start a work, I try to finish it in the same day when is possible
What is a key element in creating a work?
Freedom, well, the illusion of freedom, free movements, and free ideas!
What do you want people to take away from your work? What do you want your work to make them feel?
I always would like that people looking at my artworks , having this sensation of freedom and actually movement…basic points for a life full of mental creative process and rich of joy