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Gioele Amaro Ushers in the New Era of Contemporary Art

Gioele Amaro Ushers in the New Era of Contemporary Art

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With a background in architecture and a fascination for vivid surfaces, this “digital painter” has mastered the art of distortion.

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Image courtesy of HdM GALLERY and Gioele AmaroImage courtesy of HdM GALLERY and Gioele Amaro
 

Italian-born Gioele Amaro is a renowned contemporary artist who has successfully melded different mediums of art to deliver his one-of-a-kind abstract pieces. Taking inspiration from his love of Paris while keeping his Italian roots in mind, the 37-year-old has successfully redefined the concept of “painting” with his merging of physical subjects with the virtual world. Amaro’s artwork often explores the complexity of forms and shapes while showcasing his mastery of colour theory. Incorporating the use of rich materials and innovative surfaces, this self-described “digital painter” aims to emphasise the distortion of reality with his work. With a portfolio of work that includes numerous solo and group exhibitions in Europe and China, Gioele speaks to LUXUO on his artistic journey, what inspires him and how art is shaped by digital innovation.

 

Image courtesy of HdM GALLERY and Gioele Amaro

Image courtesy of Valentino

 

An architect by training, you have worked with Jean Nouvel, a revered and multi-award-winning French architect for three years before turning to digital painting. Tell us how this creative journey began.

Every single aspect of the architectural process is almost always digital, so moving from handmade sketches or paintings to digital ones was a smooth and gradual move. Architecture was the best way for the emancipation of the digital world without any remaining doubt.

 

Image courtesy of HdM GALLERY and Gioele AmaroImage courtesy of HdM GALLERY and Gioele Amaro
Gioele Amaro

 

MANY MOONEY MONEY 120 x 97cm
Ink and varnish on canvas 2023
Contact HdM GALLERY for more information

 

Clue us in on your close collaboration with Italian artist and filmmaker Francesco Vezzoli.

I always admired the way he was able to be conceptual, figurative, nostalgic, and empathic at the same time. Some of the processes that bring the works of Francesco to their final results were really inspiring because you can feel this love and passion for the development of a concept and how to face it.

As an Italian who fell in love with Paris, what artistic qualities do you find in Paris?

Like all the big cultural cities in the world, it allows you to be who you want to be and follow your dream with a very big chance to fulfill it if you give it your all. Things happen in Paris because there is a genuine creative energy that is neverending.

 

Image courtesy of HdM GALLERY and Gioele Amaro 
Image courtesy of Valentino
 

I heard that you recently had a collaboration with Valentino, and your artwork was on a billboard at Avenue de L’Opéra. What was that collaboration like?

I only had a positive experience with the team. I am always fascinated by how people who work for a large brand and have such a personal and precise idea of what they like, give you unconditional freedom to express your vision completely free from schemes and expectations. From this, you realise how they believe in the power of creativity and expression even before commercial rules. The real gift for an artist is to feel safe to experiment without any kind of limitation.

Image courtesy of Valentino

 

You have rapidly evolved from traditional media such as painting, photography, and drawings to computers, graphic tablets, and digital brushes. This is the epitome of a versatile digital artist, right?

Every real artist follows his own intuition related to his own historical period and context. I feel I am going in the right direction if I try a new trajectory not yet completely known. For me, this is only a way that represent my values and my beliefs other visions need a different approach. The quality is not only in the medium you express yourself in but in what you want to say and why. 

 

What is your first approach to your work and how would you describe your practice?

It is a never-ending process that can start when you are busy doing other things or when you are waiting for your train the idea is the most exciting thing. Then comes the realisation and the joy of seeing your intuition taking a form or collapsing and having to face the reality of the situation. Sometimes you see the potential of some ideas only while you are in the midst of making them.

Where does the inspiration for your work come from?

I will never find an answer to this question. Inspiration for me is not something related to the context or the situation, it is more a state of mind open to suggestions, dreams, to visions, and exciting thoughts that could happen in a negative or positive situation. Of course, movies, books, the virtual and reality are the proverbial “churches” and “factories” for suggestions.

What emotions do you hope to evoke in the viewers when they look at your art?

I don’t like to think about it because it would make the process be influenced or distracted by the viewer’s judgment but it is often unconsciously oriented to the desire of giving a new key to see things. Disorientating is rewarding.

 

In your case, is creating a new painting a solitary process?

I need to give time and space for the new idea to grow in my head and be powered by emotions and feelings that could also be calming from their external identity.

The six words that describe best your art?

Coloured tiles that bare the soul.

You mentioned several times that you wish to explore the infinite possibilities of digital innovation. Are there still some limitations that you encounter on a daily basis?

Breathing is literally “oxidising” your body. Stairs are remainders that we cannot fly. The limit is both a challenge and a satisfaction, like going to a new level in Super Mario Bros.

What should art lovers and collectors expect from you at ART SG 2024 at the HdM Art Gallery booth?

Fairs really change the way people approach and access contemporary art. Thousands of people discover your works even if surrounded by billions of different approaches and sensibilities. Being present in a crowded place is the first step to perceiving people’s feelings and about your work, be it in a positive or negative way. It is always important to understand what you are doing. I discovered a lot about myself listening to people’s thoughts, being self-centered is often an easy trap for an artist I don’t pretend to create feelings or emotions but I will love for some in the other way. Originality and talent are not something that we should look for but mostly the way the work of an artist could fit and investigate with our fears and desires to create a pointing start for fertile reflections.

 Any artist who has inspired you on the contemporary art scene lately?

This may be a little taboo because for some, I like their personality, some the technique, others the form, and giving a list may associate them to me but for the wrong reasons. I usually like it when there’s a sense of humour and irony inside a piece and I like understated works.

 

Image courtesy of HdM GALLERY and Gioele Amaro

 

As an artist, what is your take on the contemporary art system?

I think the world and people are moving too fast now to have a unique static point of view. Opinions and facts are changing daily, the difference is the ability to anticipate the future. NFTs, fairs, digital art, numbers, scandals, tastes, politics, beauty, AI; the elements are too unstable to make a clear point. I like the idea that an “unknown” artist can be discovered easily with Instagram and have a platform to express themselves even without the support of a gallery.

What is the role that an artist plays in the society?

Underline hypotheses.

What is the most rewarding part of working as an artist?

The very long interviews.

To find Gioele Amaro on Instagram, click here: @gioeleamaro
HdM gallery contact details: s@hdmgallery.com
IG for the gallery: @hdm_gallery
Booth number at ART SG: FC30
Address of the fair: Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956

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Serengeti Melody: Chronicles of Africa’s untamed

Serengeti Melody: Chronicles of Africa's untamed

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Nestled in the heart of Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, the andBeyond Serengeti Under Canvas stands as a genuine marvel.

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andBeyond Serengeti Under Canvas
andBeyond Serengeti Under Canvas

Amidst the wilderness, this captivating haven of opulence epitomizes safari-chic, crafting the perfect backdrop for an extraordinary odyssey.

As an adept voyager who has traversed the globe’s most breathtaking locales and events, my recent sojourn with andBeyond Serengeti Under Canvas left an indelible mark, solidifying itself as a once-in-a-lifetime escapade for any serious globetrotter. This enchanting encampment is where dreams materialise, and the pulse of the wild orchestrates an immersive experience.

andBeyond Serengeti Under Canvas
andBeyond Serengeti Under Canvas

The Serengeti boasts numerous distinctions, yet its soul-stirring sonic landscapes are genuinely unparalleled. The zenith of nature’s symphony reaches its peak during the Great Migration—an annual, awe-inspiring spectacle. Picture yourself on the riverbanks, your heart quickening to the rhythmic thunder of wildebeest hooves. This primal harmony, a convergence of hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebras, unfolds before your eyes, an encounter that etches itself into your memory.

andBeyond Serengeti Under Canvas
andBeyond Serengeti Under Canvas

The Great Migration, an event that captivates even the most seasoned traveler, provides an auditory spectacle of extraordinary proportions. The wildebeest’s anxious calls saturate the air as they congregate on the riverbanks. Then, a collective gasp as the wildebeest plunge into the river—a profound ballet of life and death. It’s nature’s heartbeat in its rawest form, an unforgettable sound reverberating through the Serengeti.

andBeyond Serengeti Under Canvas
andBeyond Serengeti Under Canvas

The allure of this place transcends the serenades of the wilderness. The service and staff exhibit nothing short of excellence. From your arrival, a palpable sense of warmth and belonging takes over. It’s more than a safari; it’s akin to returning to a place you never realized you missed. Every need is not just met but anticipated, and every request is granted with a genuine smile.

andBeyond Serengeti Under Canvas
andBeyond Serengeti Under Canvas

And then there are the tents. Evoking a storybook-chic ambiance, the canvas walls cocoon you in a refined fusion of rustic and opulent elegance. Each morning, you awaken to the Serengeti’s symphony, and as the day unfolds, the camp transforms into a sanctuary of serenity amidst the wild.

andBeyond Serengeti Under Canvas
andBeyond Serengeti Under Canvas

The call of the Serengeti is irresistible, its charm undeniable, and andBeyond Serengeti Under Canvas stands as your gateway to this unparalleled journey. This is an adventure that unequivocally merits a prominent spot on your list of experiences to tick off your ever-growing bucket list.

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Fundraiser Concert Extra·Ordinary Stars Is A Different Kind of Stellar

Fundraiser Concert Extra·Ordinary Stars Is A Different Kind of Stellar

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The inaugural Extra·Ordinary Stars concert by charity Extra·Ordinary People empowers youths with special needs and of less privileged backgrounds to be fearless with dreams.

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Youths have the privilege to wander. They are encouraged to fumble,to trod on multiple paths, to try new things; there are no limitations to exploring how the world works, before one starts to work for the world. All it takes is a teaspoon of courage, but not all youths are equipped with the same-sized spoon to go for the jugular of limitless potential; not all youths get to start this marathon called life with the same starting line.

 

Pictured above: Wheel Smith

 

It is having this flexibility in perspective that will set in motion the youth’s truly limitless potential. Kindness is something a world closely connected — but still vastly diverse — needs for harmony, and learning to see our world from “Me” to “We” via the Unleash Your Light global movement, can be the key to harnessing that cross-border synergy, empowering personal and societal transformation. That is what the charity Extra·Ordinary People have been striving to do since July 2017, and with their latest star-studded activation, Extra·Ordinary Stars concert — a fundraiser effort to give youths with special needs and of less privileged backgrounds the training and means to stand on stage, to shine independently alongside a bevy of established artistes.

 

The differently abled youths will get a chance to perform alongside international artistes like popular magician Cyril Takayama and Taiwanese singer A-Lin, as well as Benjamin Kheng, Glenn Yong, Wheel Smith (seen above), Zanna Phua, Adelyn Koh, John Chan, Isabelle Lim and Daniel Teo. The concert will also feature Cantare Choir, Singapore Raffles Music College, Extra·Ordinary People’s Extra·Ordinary Light Orchestra, among others.

 

“Individuals with special needs and their families rarely have the inspiration, space, and opportunity to achieve independent living through their dreams. We believe in the transformative power of positivity. Our mission is to create opportunities for everyone. With Extra·Ordinary Stars, we hope the special needs and underprivileged community will be inspired to dream and share their stories,” says Wee Boo Kuan, co-founder and director of Extra·Ordinary People, an IPC (Institution of a Public Character) charity that provides life-long support to differently abled children and youths. Upon graduating from the Extra·Ordinary People Academy, the organisation continues to provide them with opportunities and assistance towards independence. Now that’s hope, glimmering and glistening with the enthusiasm of youth and possibilites.

 

There is also a separate effort put together by China Mobile, wherein the first 1,000 concert ticket holders will have access to a special promo plan: 100GB at $10/month. The Unleash Your Light project will also donate 500 China Mobile plans to 500 low-income families for one year as part of this concert’s fundraiser efforts. China Mobile and Unleash Your Light seek to fill the entire Extra•Ordinary Stars concert hall. If the goal of selling out the entire Extra•Ordinary Stars concert is met, Unleash Your Light will sponsor an additional 500 China Mobile plans, raising the total to 1,000 China Mobile plans donated to 1,000 low-income families for one year.

 

 The 100-minute live performance will be held on 1 December 2023 at The Star Theatre. Tickets can be purchased here. The proceeds will be distributed equally amongst the three IPC charity organisations: Extra·Ordinary People, Happee Hearts Movement, and YMCA. There will be a 250% tax rebate with every ticket purchase. 

Once you’re done with this story, click here to catch up with our November 2023 issue.

 

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