This is an interview I did several years ago with Swiss artist Ivo Soldini. It was done for a Canadian magazine called Espace:
For several years now the works of the Swiss sculptor Ivo Soldini have been drawing more and more attention throughout Europe, and for good reason. His work is sophisticated, while still maintaining a level of ritualism and humanity that does not exclude a large public.
Born in Lugano, Switzerland in 1951, Ivo Soldini has been exhibiting his sculptures, paintings and drawings since 1973, the year he graduated from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan. His fame however primarily rests on his giant bronze heads, which appear almost masked, and his mummy-like figures, which give the impression of people tied up, or constrained. Extremely texturised, yet almost sado-masochistically rigid, Soldini’s work has continually been referred to as “Romanic” and “Egyptian” and critics are always quick to refer to primitive art movements in their discriptions.
The following interview took place in his house/studio, in the small village of Ligornetto, Switzerland:
Brendan Connell. What first made you interested in sculpture?
Ivo Soldini. Well, sculpture is natural, automatic. Even children, when the use their hands and touch things, make sculpture. Of course, as time goes by, this simple way of touching becomes more elaborated. Read the rest of this entry »