Interview with artist Giovanni Gellona

portraits, art

For me, art is not only a personal expression, I prefer that my work connects with people, that excites them, that touches their soul.

Tell us about yourself and what you do
Since Childhood I was stuck by all artistic expression, dance, music, film, painting, etc. I was not sure what I would end up dedicating, but at 8 years old I was drawing and making portraits. When I left the school, I started to study fine arts, but after three year I was working in a TV show as dancer. After, I entered in the music, recording my first EP and album while making portraits for a couple of books edited in Europe and United states, Madonna in Art, Marilyn in Art and Diana in Art, the latter reached a lot of popularity, because my portraits were published in important newspapers around the world, as Daily Mail at London, The republic at Italy and others. Finally, I realized that my biggest love is painting, it has been always with me and it is something very natural for me. Currently, I am painting my next exhibition that I will make in Hotel Sheraton at Santiago on September of this year.

Who has inspired you in your life and why?
The Love and the persons that I love are my maximum inspiration. Since my wonderful family to the characters that I paint. That it is why I am portraitist, because there is a kind of obsession to record of the stories and experiences experienced by so many interesting people. Principally, the woman who in my country have marked an important milestones since Chile was founded. The woman have always been there, from the corner that maleness has imposed on her, fulfilling a transcendental and strategic role to open the way. From Violeta Parra to Gabriela Mistral, strong and fascinating women that I wanted to portray.

What is your greatest achievement so far?
I am in a great stage of my life. I have been years trying to make a technique and now I feel with those paintings will be seen. However, my greatest achievement is in my familiar side, I have a quiet life surrounded of wonderful people.

Do you have any tips for our readers that are trying to break in the industry?
The artists and the people themselves are diverse, therefore there will always public for what yo do or what you want to sell. In my case, I am very simple, not intellectual and my work too. It has nothing abstract, I am super literal and figurative. I believe that the success in all things is to be authentic, grateful and follow your inner intuition. For me, art is not only a personal expression, I prefer that my work connects with people, that excites them, that touches their soul. My tip would be, try to connect with your neighbor.

Painting informations:
“El Requerimiento”, Oil on canvas, 2017 (150x300cm)
“Diego & Me”, Pencil on paper, 2018 (50x100cm)

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