Federico Cortese | Artwork

I was born in 1971 in Turin, where I live and work as an artist and as an architect. Since I can remember I have always drawn. My preferred techniques are classic oils on canvas paintings, and pencil drawings.

I’m like a mouse in its box. A little mouse safe in its shelter, that passes his time gnawing the food stored for the winter. But my food are the drawings. I work within my home. My studio is a room of the house in which I live. In this relatively small space are accumulated all the materials and equipment I need to draw and paint, but in a certain sense also the suggestions that inspire my work. Here are the desks and drawing boards, with brushes and paint colors, but also, on the walls or placed in closets, paintings and drawings (I think each finished work is always an inspiration for the next, in somehow). A great source of ideas are books and music, and of course the PC. The graphics programs and virtual modeling programs have become over the years a valuable support, but obviously the richest mine is the internet: a reservoir of images and ideas from which to draw, and in which we often are lost (in addition to photos of my own travels, all stored on the computer). It 'a small microcosm closed in on itself, rather impervious to the outside world (despite a large window with a beautiful view of Turin, almost always I work with the curtains closed). It is a bit as if the suggestions of the real world were allowed to enter here only after being filtered and digested, only after it has been already turned into experience. Exactly like a rat, eating quiet its supplies in its den, waiting for the end of winter.

My favorite painting techniques are oil paint on paper or canvas and graphite drawing. In general the work proceeds by sedimentation of successive layers, each layer adds something new, but at the same time covers something of the underlying layer.

In the actual moment I am mainly engaged in developing and promoting my atistic work on the net more than in the real art galleries. I show and sell my original works on several virtual galleries (saatchiart.com, zatista.com, artfinder.com) or as posters and reproductions on other products such as T-shirts (redbubble.com, teepublic.com, cupick.com), dresses (artonfashion.com), pillows and bags (society6.com).

To paint has always been the thing that gives a reason in my life. At a certain point of it I understood that it was impossible for me to smother this propensity, in favor of some more profitable job, and this is why I decided to try to make of it a possible job, despite all difficulties and lack of money! In a certain sense, this era of uncertainty and change that we all are living, allows us to try to change the lack of security into an opportunity, being always open to accept what can come.





 

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My favorite painting techniques are oil paint on paper or canvas and graphite drawing. In general the work proceeds by sedimentation of successive layers, each layer adds something new, but at the same time covers something of the underlying layer.