Art is eternal. Avant-garde is immortal. It pushes the boundaries of what is accepted as the norm or the status quo, primarily in the cultural realm. Today we welcome the visual art of Claudio Parantela who transports viewers to his eclectic personal world of psychological grotesque and unreal human experiences. Claudio has it all — imagination, eloquence, proficiency and style — the grand italian avant-garde style to leave You dazed and confused.
[Graphics by Claudio Parantela source: portfolio]
I work, paint and draw for whoever I happen to meet. The fact that I started showing and publishing my work abroad was by chance … a very lucky chance I must admit. (…) I started long ago in 1995 by drawing and displaying my work in a lot of zines throughout Eastern Europe. At that time you could find an incredibly vibrant and creative art scene despite the fact that there was a horrible war going on. I don’t follow the art scene in Italy, but I like a lot of Italian artists and I think that there is extraordinary talent everywhere. I create quickly and automatically without focusing on any specific problem. I do feel free, especially when I have all of my stuff in front of me, ready to be used, mixed into a sort of punk alchemy. I never know what will come out of it. I simply go with the flow and try to be present in that moment. I hope to evoke emotions, to free emotions, in myself and in my audience. (…) Everything is very normal. I am bourgeois, and I am bourgeois in a normal way, which means that I live a calm and bourgeois life. I know you would never think this was the case, but really… that’s how it is! — Interview with Claudio Parantela for Ganzomag.com
Claudio Parantela (1962) is an illustrator, painter, photographer, mail artist, cartoonist, collagist, freelance journalist for many years active in the international underground scene. He has collaborated with many zines, magazines of contemporary art, literary and comics in Italy and worldwide. He lives and works in Italy.