The Heritage Studio

Timeless interview with Claudio Parentela, painter and illustrator

Italian artist Claudio Parentela is unique in the way he engages in several creative techniques, from illustration to art collage, photography and painting. He has been part of the underground art scene for a long time now, collaborating with several contemporary art magazines, e-zines and comics as freelance journalist and cartoonist. Claudio’s art appears to be a reflection of his eclectic personality: varied,versatile, multi-colored and passionate. It almost feels like it were there to please the artist’s numerous faces, the several inclinations of his own nature. The strong graphic component and rich colors place themselves within the artistic tradition of Southern Italy, elaborate and highly iconographic. 

claudio_parentela19Claudio’ s Timeless Interview
H: Do you belong more to the past, the present or the future?

C: To the future with my mind and the past with my sight and sense of smell

H: What of your country’s heritage represents you the most?

C: Ancient places, isolated and forsaken..time-worn and consumed by memories.. forgotten stories and stories to forget

H: Something of your family’s heritage which you would like to bring forward?

C: My peculiarity, my peculiarities..I am my family, myself parted in numerous genetic and beloved madness, my individualism, exaggerated and tinged with anarchy



claudio_parentela09H: An image of your heritage?

C: All my collage art

H: A place?

C: The Egyptian Museum in Turin

H: A word?

C: Lapis lazuli

H: A sound?

C: gahhhh

H: An object belonging to your own heritage?

C: “Come un vecchio incensiere all’alba di un villaggio deserto ” an album by Alan Sorrenti

H: A time in history you would have liked to live in?

C:The one that still has to come

H: Something from your present meant to become heritage?

C: My leaf-colored eyes

Photos: Courtesy of Claudio Parentela

Check out Claudio’s work at Saatchi Art

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