5 questions for the sculptor Lorenzo Quinn

Lorenzo Quinn, sculptor from Rome, Italy. Photo © L. Quinn

1.Tell us what you do and your beginnings.

It’s difficult to tell 35 years in a nutshell, but among other things I could make a sculpture on this question, it seems interesting: I get so many ideas! I am a figurative sculptor and in my works I often use hands as a symbol because they represent a universal language. Mine is a dialogue and not a monologue and therefore I need people to understand me, to communicate in a universal language through not only the symbol of the hands, but also the bodies.

In my works I look for dialogue. I started as a surrealist painter and then my source of inspiration was Salvador Dalì (who I also played in a film about 30 years ago when I was acting) and then I dedicated myself totally to sculpture because I like the third dimension of the volume, in addition to the two size of painting and drawing. In my works I always look for the fourth dimension, the symbol which is the message of the work.

Support, the Grand Canal, Venice, Italy © Lorenzo Quinn

2.What are your favorite museums in the world? Why?

The Borghese Museum and Gallery in Rome immediately comes to mind because I love Gian Lorenzo Bernini. He is a fantastic sculptor because he made incredible things with marble. Rome is full of great museums, there are also the Vatican Museums where there is the Belvedere Torso and many other works that I like, but apart from these museums, the city of Rome is an open-air museum!

Then I really like the Musée d’Orsay in Paris for the art it collects: from the impressionist paintings to the Carpeaux sculptor whom I adore. I also really like the Rodin Museum and among the modern museums I like the Getty Museum in Los Angeles because in addition to the collection, I really like the museum: when you visit it, it is a museum that inspires you! However in the world there are many beautiful museums and it’s difficult to mention them all.

3.How important are social networks in your business? And which platform do you prefer and why.

Social networks are absolutely important (especially during Covid-19), but they are also a double-edged sword because they can distract you from what you want to do and convey, because they can become a competition between those who do more and it is absurd, because the beauty that is seen in some profiles is superficial, it’s fake.

An important aspect is the direct relationship with the followers. I manage my Instagram account and respond directly to people who look for me, who comment, and this is a beautiful thing as long as it is manageable: I don’t have one or two million followers, but I only have about 150 thousand and it’s not much for today’s numbers!

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