Our friends at Halcyon Gallery recently reached out to us about their latest exhibit, “Stardust” by Italian artist Stefano Curto. It opened just yesterday, and will run until June 25. We at TAE are so excited, because Curto’s mesmerizing body of work is more than just pretty imagery using crystals and lighting – you see and feel the hard work the artist has put into it all, and it gives you a sense of perspective.
We were honored an interview, and we couldn’t wait to find out more about what drives the artist to do what he has been doing amazingly. We learned that on average, each of his artwork contains around 60,000 bespoke crystals. Just imagine how much attention to detail and how much patience he has, on top of his obvious artistic talent. More photos after the interview.
Thanks for agreeing to have an interview with us at The Art Elephant! First of all, congratulations! We’re curious, even though you’ve had solo exhibits before, how does it feel to have your first major solo exhibition, and abroad at that? Tell us about it and your connection to Halcyon Gallery, how this amazing opportunity came into play.
This is not my first exhibition abroad, but it is my first major exhibition. What I can say is that I have never seen my artworks exhibited in such a beautiful way. Halcyon has taken care of all the details to ensure that more power is given to the light in my art. For years I have been waiting for a gallery like Halcyon to work with and I am just so happy to have this opportunity. Halcyon saw an exhibition of my works at The House of Nobleman, London many years ago and since then we have always been in touch and the relationship has grown and led me to where we are today.
Which of your pieces in the exhibit would you say is your favorite and why?
If you would have asked me before Stardust, I would answer the Thetart works – my latest pieces. This is usual for an artist to favour their recent works, as their technique has developed. However, since viewing my works in this space, my feelings have changed and the works I executed years ago are now closer to me.
How is the art scene in London compared to Italy? Is the reception of your art there different, and if yes, how so?
For contemporary art, London is the place to be. The reception of my work in both Italy and London is the same. People are attracted by the light of my works everywhere, because light is hope.
How did you get into art and where you are right now? Using gems and having light do its work to make your work even more beautiful is incredible, unique, and breathtaking – lots of attention to detail. Was this method of making art your default, or did you have to go through different styles of art to find your own style?
I started composing music when I was very young, now I am composing in a different way using crystals, which display the journey of my life through our days. I’ve worked with crystals forever, having used them in my career as a setter of crystals for haute couture brands. It was then a natural path for me to use them in art, as the light that they reflect evokes spirituality.
We learned you love to travel. How do you find inspiration everywhere you go? And which countries or cities have given you the most drive to create something new?
I find inspiration everywhere. It can happen in any part of the world, but India, Mongolia, Iran and China have had an important role in my life.
Which artist/s do you think influenced you the most and how?
There is not one artist that I can name, I find inspiration and influences for my art in my every day journey.
Do you have any advice for artists who do similar work or other forms of art?
If you are an artist experience life first and don’t focus on other artists, focus on yourself.
Thanks so much for your time! Is there any upcoming exhibit, release, or other things your fans can anticipate in the coming months?
For now my focus is Stardust, which I know will open many other doors.
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Having been in the art community for quite some time, Curto’s first solo show, “Trama Lucente,” was at Scoletta Battioro e Tiraoro de Venezia, Italy in 2010. About a year later, his work called “The Marvellous Flight of Co-Existence” was exhibited at the Venice Biennale 2011. It has been an amazing past few years since then, as his works have been included in many galleries and private collections not just in Europe but worldwide. This includes the Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, The Pontifical Collection in The Vatican Museums, Rome, Italy and prominent private collections worldwide.
Images courtesy of Halcyon Gallery. More information about the artist and how to visit the gallery can be seen here:
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