Fabio Pariante 17/03/2022

1.Tell us what you do and your beginnings.

I’ve been doing digital art since 2008. First I was working for VFX and animated movies. Which allowed me to gain full control of the digital medium in this very demanding production environment. I refined my skills on many 3D software as well as my taste for detail and realisme. But I always kept a personal production of artworks flowing beside these projects in order to develop my personal universe.

Today I’m also a digital art teacher in a school we created with some colleagues in France 5 years ago. I work sometimes as a creative director and I continue to produce completely personal artworks to refine my vision.

Winter Sleep, 2020 © Jean-Michel Bihorel

2.What does your work aim to say?

My work does not always aim to say something literally. I am more looking after a feeling, an emotion that the viewer will grab and give his own meaning to. For example, for the artwork “Flower Figures 02”, I wanted to create a contrast between something cold and sharp (the ceramic body) and something soft and warm (the cherry blossom).

Some time after the artwork was released, many women reached out to me to say they felt really connected to this picture, for them it was the symbol of rebirth after breast cancer. After that the picture even made the cover of a magazine writing about sensibilisation about breast cancer.

I didn’t think of that while doing the artwork but now I can’t think of a nicer metaphor for it anymore. Most of my artworks intend to bring calm and positive uplifting feelings to the viewers. If my artwork can be of any help to bring peace or joy to the viewer It’s what would make me feel useful as an artist. My artistic approach led me to anchor my images in a form of visual realism. I also aspire to create a link between the contemporary medium and the traditional know-how on which I was brought up. This mainly involves reproducing the look of traditional materials and details to give visual plausibility to dreamlike subjects.

It also involves engaging with lighting to enhance the perception of the volumes and the different properties of the material to make them almost graspable. Although virtual, my subjects always have an aesthetic that could be described as classic. I always walk on a thin line between classical and supernatural.

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