By Bebe Leone
Vincenzo couldn’t be described simply as an artist. Smelling and hearing the sound of the ceramics modeled and baked in the family’s workshop in Puglia since he was a kid, he acquired and honed the set of skills that make him the incredibly talented craftsman and sculptor he is today. What makes Vincenzo’s work unique, is the peculiar relationship he establishes with the raw material he shapes into form: he creates an interaction that goes beyond craftsmanship and becomes a passionate “love affair” with the object he’s bringing to life, through his sensitivity and emotions. Together with his feelings, Vincenzo can count on a great technique, mastered observing his father work and improved following a method developed during the Italian Renaissance, a technique which he, together with his family and collaborators, is proud of bringing forward.
V: I certainly belong to a present strongly rooted in the past, often questioned, through research, to paint future aesthetic scenarios
H: What of your country’s heritage represents you the most?
V: I believe I bring with me the experience of a life lived in my family’s workshop, a place where actions and relationships give shape to the profile of an artist who tries to tell stories about the future
H: Something of your family’s heritage which you would like to bring forward?
V:A passionate attitude towards work, the search for elegance and the respect for the limitless possibilities offered by the raw material
H: An image of your heritage?
V: The tools and places of work
H: A place?
V: The Workshop
H: A sound?
V: The sound of work; bare hands working the clay or the sound of electric kilns
H: An object belonging to your own heritage?
V: A blue mother of pearl sculpture made by my father
H: A time in history you would have liked to live in?
V: The Italian Renaissance, to experience the unique relationship between applied arts, sculptures and architecture that existed then
H: Something from your present meant to become heritage?
V: The entire avant-garde production after the professional experience in Vienna
Photos courtesy of Vincenzo del Monaco and Il Terzo Piano