After graduating from the Art School of Elbasan 'Onufri' in the 2010, Florian is currently attending the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan.
“Stones with unexpected veins, pebbles, live gems, stones polished by some kind of water and for who knows how long. Small and large shapes: ellipses that seek the perfection of a circle, ellipses that conceal a presence and therefore more effectively reveal them ”: these are the words used by gallerist Laura Di Fazio to present the latest personal exhibition of the young and promising Albanian artist Florian Zyba, born in Elbasan the 30 July 1991.
At 8 years he won his first painting competition, in the 2010 his first solo show entitled 'Retrospective'.
Always in the 2010 he receives the gratitude award in the national competition "Albania it's culture" and in the 2012, along with eight other Albanian artists, he participates in the exhibition "Pre & Post Contemporaneo" curated by Jean Blanchaert and Philipe Daverio.
A multi-purpose artist who, in addition to painting, has in fact made several installations and is passionate about photography.
From the 29 September to the 13 October, his personal exhibition "Ellissi" is set up at the Spazio Mantegna Gallery, curated by the artist and gallery owner Laura Di Fazio.
On this important occasion we had the opportunity to meet the young artist for an interview in which he told us about himself and, above all, about his work, which he defines as "a search to get to the root of human emotions".
Is there a story, a story that unites the works exhibited in your new exhibition, a sort of common thread?
The idea of making the exhibition was both mine and that of the curator, Mrs. Laura Di Fazio. This exhibition was born as a representation of my two years of life and work here in Italy, where there is a radical change compared to the works created in Albania. The works on display are of a unique line and represent the same design idea.
What is inspiration for you?
Inspiration "is a particular excitement of the mind, imagination or feeling that drives an individual to give life to a work".
You are an artist who, despite his young age, has proved very determined, you have already done other exhibitions and you won your first competition at 8 years; have you always had this artistic vein or do you remember the moment when you realized that your way was to dedicate yourself to art?
I remember that when I was little, I spent most of my time drawing. Growing up everything became more serious and the desire to paint bigger. And now, living in Milan - a city that gives you the chance to live 'in art', to feel his breaths every day - I am even more convinced that this was the best choice I could have made and every day that passes I feel more satisfied.
Are you a multi-purpose artist (drawings, paint, take pictures): do you have a preference? For example, what differences do you find between photography and painting? Which one suits you the most?
There are no limits in art. I wouldn't want to be unfair to myself, I can't say which one satisfies me more or less. I use every technique or tool that I consider suitable to represent my artistic ideas. I don't see a big difference between painting and photography; I prefer a mix of the two: painting with i pixel and photographing my ideas with colors. For me the "beauty" is everywhere.
Do you have a favorite artist that inspires you or that you take as a model?
I have many favorite artists, I see every artist as a source of inspiration.
You have already done other exhibitions in the past; since then do you feel you have grown and matured artistically? How was the experience of the previous exhibitions?
I did my first exhibitions at the Liceo Onufri with my companions, certainly living in Milan and studying in Brera added much to my knowledge, inspiration and ability. Picasso used to say "all children are born artists, the difficulty lies in being so large", and for me every exhibition is always an emotion. My second to last one was an exhibition with other 8 Albanian artists entitled "Pre & Post Contemporaneo": meeting and talking was very beautiful and stimulating.
Do you feel a connection with Elbasan, your hometown? Are you affected in any way? Is this influence visible in your works?
There is always a very strong bond with the place where you were born and where you grew up. As for me, I think it's impossible not to be influenced by the place where I lived for about 19 years. Art is culture, and I learned this culture in Albania, so the charm of Albanian art and culture will always be visible on my paintings.
what are your future projects?
You never know for sure what the future will bring, so I am open to the new possibilities that will come, in fact already now I am preparing for another exhibition. Moreover, this is my third year of academy in Brera and I can say that my main task at the moment is to conclude the academy in the best way and then to think of the specialist.
Schedules: from 29 September to 13 October
from Monday to Saturday from 16: 00 to 18: 00
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