Interview with the First Place Winner of our March Show – Simona Zecca
“Alfa Romeo 4C coupe in Geneva “by Raphael Dubesset was selected as “Third Place Winner” of June Show . Here is our short intreview with the artist.
1. How did you start creating art?
I started learning art with my father when i was 5 (he is a painting & drawing teacher),
so he taught me acrylics, watercolors, anatomy, sketching, observation drawing, almost everything.
I started to sell my first paintings at the age of 10 or 12 on local markets, then studied in an art & Multimédia school in Lausanne during this time I also learned digital painting.
After 10 years working as a graphic designer & illustrator, I decided to live from my paintings since 2013 to now.
2. Please tell us a bit about the artwork that was selected (style, technique, your inspiration etc).
My inspiration is very large, it can go from landscapes to movie characters, luxury cars, historical figures, almost everything.
I like challenges, so I can do almost all types of subjects that people want. It really depends on the orders I get. But actually what inspires me the most is Greek landscapes.
3. What quarantine has meant to you? Was it difficult to work in isolation and what effect this unprecedented time had on your work and creativity?
Quarantine didn’t change my way of working a lot because I live it every day. But of course it was hard technically, just to find some material or new canvas.
I had to erase some of my paintings to be able to realise some new orders, which was emotionally hard for me . During this time I didn’t had a lot of creativity, but fortunately,
I was working on my Santorini collection so this was a good part. New clients were not easy to find, and it’s still the case.
4. What do you think about trends in contemporary art?
I’m happy that trends in contemporary art are increasingly returning to classical art because
I’m really not a fan of “easy” art, for me, a canvas or artwork needs technical skills and a lot of work.
5. Please tell us a bit about your current work and some future projects.
I actually just finished my collection on Santorini which took me a year, doing almost one painting per month between my orders.
I will expose a part of the best pieces in October at the “ArtGland fair” in Switzerland.
Then, I will offer the unsold artworks to hotels in Santorini, because I want these canvases to be on this magical island.
Like almost nobody has won money during these hard times over there, I want to make a gift, in exchange I would like that they will promote my art in their establishment.
For my future projects i would like to travel, if possible of course, more to other greek islands to capture new landscapes.
Like I live in Switzerland, swiss mountains and monuments are obviously subjects I will do.