Claudio Parentela, born in Catanzaro, Italy where he lives and works, is an illustrator, painter, photographer, mail artist, cartoonist, collagist, journalist free lancer. Quite famous in the international underground scene he has collaborated and still does with faar too many zines, magazines of contemporary art etc around the world and you can see why! His work is just stunning!
You draw in black and white but also in colour. What different potential do you see in each?
The Black Indian Ink is my first love…I’ve drawn in black and white with tons of Black Indian Ink for 12-13 years…I love the strong contrasts and the 1000000 shadows of the ink was perfect to represent these and my changing moods…
In these last years I needed colours and to experiment with many other different materials…. My moods are again changing….my feelings also…my thoughts also….I don’t see different potentials between the black and white and the colour…I think it all depends on what I feel in that exact moment.
What possibilities do you find in collage that make it different from paintings?
Really I don’t know…I can only answer that it depends on my moods in that exact moment….there are a lot of possibilities in both the ways of expression.
All these colours! Has your own childhood been an influence to your work?
Much….I’ve drawn since I was a child, but unfortunately I drew only in black and white…and yes….my first love!