Interview with Fernando Chamarelli
Fernando Chamarelli – our guest today – started drawing and painting quite late compared to other artists.
But this didn’t stop him to create his very own personal style over the years: A mix of folk art, mosaic, graphic elements and religious motifs.
We took a closer look at his exciting and colourful paintings and decided to ask him where he draws his inspiration from…
Why and when did you start making art?
I started drawing when I was 14 years old. A little different to most of the artists who have started drawing in childhood. I liked everything related to art: cartoon, graffiti, tattoo… I did a little of all and after I finished college I realized I was drawing with a different style, so I thought the drawings I was doing would be interesting if I made them with paint on canvas. So I started painting
What kind of art do you make?
I do not know much about art history. So I can not fit my art in any style.
Maybe a mix of surrealism, futurism, cubism … I don’t know.
But I’m sure that I’m making something different and I need to find a name for it.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
My inspiration comes from many places. I like a lot of new artists. I see many good things. I like a few old artist, like Magritte, Escher and Klimt. But I don’t want to see much of the same artist in order not to be too influenced by them.
Music inspires me a lot as well. I always listen to music when I’m creating something new. But I think my inspiration comes from my dreams. I have many dreams at night. I think I my inspiration comes from within myself, and maybe even from my other lives and experiences.
What does your usual workday look like?
I usually wake up early, at 8 o’clock in the morning – I like to paint in the morning.
When I have to do some commercial work I do it after lunch.
When there are no illustrations to make I go back to paint in the afternoon.
But this is not a rule, my routine is always changing.
How do you spend a perfect sunday?
Almost every Sunday is fun, as I hardly work on Sundays. It is the only day of the week I get some time away from the paint. I often see my friends, we barbecue and play cards.
Then, like a good Brazilian, I play soccer and do many things late at night.
But now I need to do different things on Sunday. I won’t be able to do sports for a few months because I broke my nose playing soccer last week…
What is your favourite taste of chocolate?
Show me your favourite artwork (from your own collection or another artist)
I like this one
Whom should we interview next?
My friend Julian Gallasch
If you could have coffee with a famous artist – dead or alive – whom would you choose?
What is your philosophy of life?
Living in peace and happiness and value the simple things.
Thank you, Fernando!