“It all began from a need to express and describe my inner world, made out of shapes and emotive images, which range from abstractism to conceptualism…
My shapes and images are inspired and accompanied by musical backgrounds, with instinctive spatula strokes, at times as obsessive and repetitive as reciting a gestural mantra.
…Visions and symbologies which live and connect in the deepest part of an individual”.
Fausto Borioli grew up near the ancient town of Amelia, in the hills of Umbria, Italy. It was in those hills, during his childhood, where the artist developed a keen interest for painting. After years of artistic development, Fausto highlights the turning point in his life as the year 2011, when he began to use abstract shapes, emotive images, abstractism and conceptualism. In Italy, Fausto taught self expression and individualism through painting and ceramics to school children and to adult students with learning difficulties and learning and physical disabilities, for many years. However, in 2015 Fausto took the decision to move East London, where his studio is currently based.
“The salvation of my life is art and I have always used it to reflect upon myself. For many years much of my art, ceramics, paintings and sculpture have been an abstract of my life. When I paint I would compare it to listening to music. I do not plan anything, I do not think, I just feel it and start painting”.
An Interview with Fausto Borioli
Tell us about your relationship with art?
I use art to express my emotions and to help others express themselves. I used art for many years in Italy when working with children, and adults with learning difficulties. It is very clear to me that schools do not always allow students freedom in their expression and students leave school as clones. I like to encourage students to express themselves and embrace their own individualism. This is also how I work with art personally, it has been a very powerful form of self-therapy and an important escape.
What is the key to your work?
Experimentation… Experimentation and introspective research. Experimentation is what I do every time. I want to understand the reason for my life through this experimentation and introspective research. I am no expert of ‘Art’ or of famous artists. I know my art. My art is my religion because for me art is freedom. The salvation of my life is art and I have always used it to reflect upon myself.
Do you think human connections are made stronger through art?
Yes. For many years much of my art, ceramics, paintings and sculptures have been abstract. About five years ago I became increasingly interested in psychology. Carl Jung’s work is of particular interest to me. Dreams have a very strong place in my artistic psyche. Sometimes the meaning of my paintings only become clear afterwards, in my dreams. This has also happened when I have been awake. This type of situation, premonitions through art realised later on, make me feel something very strong – like there is another dimension to this life which can be discovered. This is the same with our dreams, they are like a parallel dimension.
How do you approach a painting?
When I paint I would compare it to listening to music. I don’t plan anything, I don’t think, I just feel. I listen to electronic and psychedelic music so there is a lot of influence in the painting from the music. My paintings are both abstract and conceptual. They use naturally occurring microstructures. Often I paint a series of 6 or 7 paintings using the same model with the microstructure naturally developing through each painting.
I don’t invent anything. I feel like I am painting things I have remembered but not just things from my lifetime, things from the earth, its people and our history.
How do you know when you are finished with a model?
A painting is never finished. I don’t make a conscious decision to stop using a model it just happens. But no model is finished with. I keep them for when in the future I discover other models which I can mix with the models which came before. It’s like the human body; we discover a finger, a foot, our eyes and when we have finished discovering we put it all together.