February 7, 2014. 5 Comments
GS: What is your tag name and why did you choose it?
Peeta: My tag name is Peeta. It derives from my nickname when I was at school: Pita. I started practicing writing it on my desk and then decided to transform it into Peeta, just because it was more graphically interesting to have “EE” rather than just “I”.
GS: How and why did you get into street art(graffiti)?
Peeta: At first I’ve been impressed by the big murals and walls of fame I saw during a trip to Barcelona in 1991. I’ve then noticed graffiti along the train-lines that go from Venice to Trieste and, by taking pictures of them, I finally got the inspiration and painted my first piece on a small town, not far from mine, in 1993.
GS: How would you describe your style?
Peeta: 3D lettering.
GS: Where did you begin making art in the streets and how old were you?
Peeta: I was thirteen, it was 1993.
GS: What crew(s) are you in?
Peeta: I'm into the Italian EAD since 2000 and into the FX and the RWK both from New York
GS: How did you develop such good technical painting and drawing skills?
Peeta: I've studied art and product design first at school then at university. Most of all I've kept on continuously practicing on graffiti for more then twenty years nowadays.
GS: Can you tell us the process of making graffiti sculpture and how long to finish one?
Peeta: First of all let me say there is not a precise timing for building sculptures. It actually depends from its complexity. There are small and extremely detailed sculptures that could take one month of digital design and 3 months of building and rather big but simple ones that do not take more then two weeks in all. My sculptures are all handmade assembled using PVC layers and polyester coating. During last year I have started building also resin moulded copies, but let's focus on the assembling procedure that is my standard and characteristic one. I utilize a professional 3D design program to create my projects. This software allows me to have a 3D view of the sculpture and, at the same time, virtually cut out all the different surfaces of my sculpture and consider them on a 2D plane. In this way, I can perfectly understand shapes and sizes of any material that I choose to build my sculpture. Subsequently, I cut the PVC plates and assemble them together. The last step involves coating the PVC surface with a polyester layer to mask imperfections resulting from the building process and to impart singularity to the structure, rather than a collage of components.
GS: what the most difficult thing in graffiti do you think?
Peeta: Any technical challenge is difficult but I can say that the most difficult thing in graffiti is to find a personal style and to be coherent with it as the most easy thing is to get influenced by trends or copy someone else's style but that means to blur yourself between the others and not to emerge.
GS: What are some of the writers who have inspired you?
Peeta: Delta and Daim for sure. But also my crew mates of EAD that were kind of expert in 3D when I've joined them and helped me a lot in entering this style.
GS: How do you pick your locations ?
Peeta: Nowadays it happens not really often that I have time enough to paint for my own pleasure as I am overfilled with work, also with graffiti pieces commissions and similar. Usually it really depends where I am in the world as laws and tendencies relating to graffiti change a lot. In my home country, Italy, I usually go and paint in abandoned industrial places because I like the atmosphere but also because I know I am not bothering anyone so I can paint slower and better.
GS: What tools do you use ? Only spray paint?
Peeta: No, I use airbrush to paint on canvas and then, as you know, I also build sculptures mostly using PVC.
GS: Do you pre plan your murals, or make it up as you go along?
Peeta: I usually make them directly on the wall.
GS: Would you like to share some tips and tricks?
Peeta: I do not have any special one!
GS: Any unforgettable story that you would like to share with us?
Peeta: Can't say one!
GS: Have you collaborated with any artists recently? Who and what work has come out of it?
Peeta: I am collaborating for more than one project with Apparati Effimeri ( http://vimeo.com/43543956 , http://www.apparatieffimeri.com/en/ ) that is a group of 3D mappers from Italy. We are collaborating both on public projects than on private commissions creating innovative pieces of art consisting on a piece/canvas/sculpture where three-dimensional visual contents are projected making the art piece move and live.
GS: What is your plan and dream in the future?
Peeta: Of course keeping on walking on the path I've started with my passion, and nowadays profession,
and try to make it go better and better and to grow and improve myself and my art. Also I want to go back to the street and dedicate myself to public works, especially to public sculpture. Artistically born as a graffiti writer, I have been driven by my technical and stylistic research to discover new means where and by which create my own works. Public wall-painting has so been replaced for a long period by studio art, represented in his case by the creation of canvases and sculptures. This developmental phase, still in progress, has although been aimed at the final fulfilment of my will to return to the street and to reactivate a process of public usability of my works, this time through sculpture.
GS: Any message to other artists?
Peeta: Mmh, no! Don't have any special message at the moment.
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