Ask the artist: Marieke Samuels

Today I am very happy to present an artist I met a little over a year ago at the group exhibition Donna 2021, organised by Giulio Pettinato and the Castel Gandolfo Art Centre (September, Sala Nagasawa via Appia Antica, Rome): Marieke Samuels from Brabant, and more precisely from Etten-Leur. Right from the start, there was a spark for the Dutch artist’s work thanks to the strong but delicate personality and sensitivity that shines through: her female protagonists emerge like ancient frescoes from the support that is treated in an expressionistic and abstract manner by a mix of techniques. Delicate yet determined, the protagonists emerge from the canvas as if they were spiritual apparitions that have remained imprisoned for a long time: a contemporary and divine version of the Graces that scrutinise the observer, interrogating him. After having represented the artist in Rome and subsequently in a winter group exhibition in Appelscha, I had the pleasure of hosting her at the small Manzoni Kunst Galerie in Oosterwolde for almost the whole of 2022, gaining much favour and appreciation for her artistic poetics.

I would now like to give the floor to Marieke Samuels so that readers can get to know her better.

How and when was the artist born in you?

The artist was born gradually. It all started slowly with my first exhibition in 2007. I was invited by the grandmother of a classmate of my children, who organised exhibitions in her employer’s building. At her insistence, I agreed to exhibit my work. She thought my work was of quality. Gradually, more exhibitions followed. Then I was asked to teach and some gallery owners invited me to their galleries. So I was actually persuaded or convinced by the outside world to become an artist. It was not something I had in mind for myself. Today, I realise that I am not an average person and that I have an above-average creative ability. The outside world only saw it first….

Where do you get your inspiration from? Can you explain how you technically make a portrait?

I get inspired by seeing the work of other artists. I have also always been fascinated by beautiful female faces. Nature is a source of inspiration for my use of colour and texture.

My portraits on canvas start very intuitively with an abstract background. The use of colour and texture depends entirely on my mood. Then, when the background has become interesting enough, I try to discover a face in it. This also happens very intuitively. Then I sketch the face on the background with charcoal or pencil and in some cases directly with acrylic paint. I usually use photographic material as a reference to give a realistic look. Then I work on the face with as little paint as possible and think about what is needed for the finish in order to get a strong whole.

Your work is a mixture of expressionism and abstraction. Why this choice of style to enhance the female face?

I find abstract work more interesting than realistic work. It touches me sooner and also leaves more room for imagination. As an artist, I can also express my intuitions and feelings in abstraction and expressionism. And those are my greatest motivations to create.

How important is the mix of media and especially the expressionist choice of colours?

My intuition and feelings are the biggest motivators and I can express them well in the way I use paint or pastel. I allow myself quite a lot of freedom with many wild and impetuous actions, whereas when creating the face I am very controlled and precise. And my choice of medium allows me to do all these things. My use of colour is determined by my taste and mood. They are mostly earthy and natural colours. I actually work with a limited colour palette, but my colours mix beautifully with each other. That’s very important to me, because I let the colours flow into each other. 

What are your plans after two years of uncertainty about the pandemic? It promises to be the year of Venus, beauty, and positive female energy.

My future plans are to continue painting and I hope to be able to sell my works. The latter I’d better let others do, because selling myself is not really my strong suit. I also think that teaching on a small scale is a nice addition to my work. I can express my passion for portraiture, and I also appreciate the social aspect.

I would like to sincerely thank Marieke Samuels for her time and, while waiting to have her as a welcome guest again at the Manzoni Kunst Galerie in Oosterwolde, I would like to invite you to visit her website and her instagram page, as well as to recommend a visit to her atelier in Etten-Leur near Breda.

To watch the video on YouTube, this is the link.

Ask the artist: Luca Azzurro

For the few months I have had the pleasure of having at the Manzoni Kunst Galerie in Oosterwolde the paintings of a very young Italian artist, Luca Azzurro (class of ’88), an architect and advertising graphic designer from Lombardy, whom I had been keeping a close eye on for some time for his artistic poetics full of expressionism and symbolism. Luca Azzurro is constantly evolving in his experiments (thanks to his young age), and the cycle in the gallery and the works presented here in the interview show why his art is starting to attract more and more international collectors (to date, his works are in Italian, Canadian and Russian collections). His poetics is based on an expressionistic and unnatural colour that recalls the style of the Fauves, Pollock and Sam Francis: this colour, a hymn to life, gives prominence to the light poles, a symbol of contemporaneity, technological innovation and speed, without which man would not be where he is at the moment.

But let us now give the artist the woords:

You are a very young artist: what do you want to communicate with your artistic poetics?

Painting has always been the medium for me to express my feelings, both positive and negative.

Painting for me has entered a parallel world, my favourite world of course, where I feel comfortable and free to express my feelings as I wish.

Over the years my message has literally changed.

Today I feel the need to represent, to give value to what people take for granted.

What is colour for you? How does it fit into your pictorial idea?

Colour for me is life. You can convey everything, all kinds of feelings, situations, emotions.

We can also create nuances and that makes colour even more important and characteristic for what I want to convey.

Why the choice of light poles as the real protagonists of this pictorial cycle that I have the pleasure of having in the gallery?

I wanted to highlight something that people do not see, but not because they are invisible, on the contrary, they are all too visible due to their majesty.

If we think about their function, they have given meaning to human life and its evolution. Thanks to electricity, man has been able to achieve great things today.

We are surrounded by these structures but we don’t give them importance, as is often the case in this society that tends to overshadow you, to undervalue people and things that are actually the focus of our lives.

Would you explain to the Dutch public why you use wallpaper in such a special way with those writings? What does it give you more than just canvas?

I wanted to create a background that could remind us, everything that can pass through these structures, winds, rain, birds… something that could remind us of movement.

Hence the choice of continuous cursive writing.

You are so young and have a thousand other ideas in your head: can you give us a preview?

Painters are unpredictable sometimes, so I hope to surprise you soon.

I would like to thank Luca Azzurro from the bottom of my heart for taking the time. If you would like to learn more about his poetics, I recommend you follow him on his social pages (Facebook and Instagram) or on his personal website. In the meantime, you are invited to the Manzoni Kunst Galerie in Oosterwolde and to his Facebook and Instagram channels.

Domanda all’artista: Luca Azzurro

Da pochi mesi ho il piacere di avere alla Manzoni Kunst Galerie di Oosterwolde le opere pittoriche di un giovanissimo artista italiano, Luca Azzurro (classe ’88), architetto e grafico pubblicitario lombardo che tenevo sotto stretta sorveglianza da un po’ di tempo per la sua poetica artistica carica di espressionismo e di simbolismo. Luca Azzurro è in continua evoluzione per le sue sperimentazioni (grazie alla sua giovane età) ed il ciclo presente in galleria e le opere qui proposte nell’intervista mostrano il perché la sua arte inizia a interessare sempre di più i collezionisti internazionali (ad oggi le sue opere sono in collezioni italiane, canadesi e russe). La sua poetica si fonda su un colore espressionistico ed innaturale che richiama lo stile dei Fauve, di Pollock e di Sam Francis: questo colore, inno alla vita, dà rilievo ai pali della luce, simbolo di contemporaneità, innovazione tecnologica e velocità, senza i quali l’uomo non sarebbe dove è in questo momento.

Ma diamo ora la parola all’artista:

Sei un artista molto giovane: cosa vuoi comunicare con la tua poetica artistica?

Da sempre la pittura è stata per me il mezzo con cui ho espresso i miei sentimenti, positivi e negativi.

Dipingere per me è entrato in un mondo parallelo, il mio mondo preferito naturalmente, dove mi sento a mio agio, dove mi sento bene e libero di esprimere i miei sentimenti come voglio.

Nel corso degli anni il mio messaggio è cambiato letteralmente.

Oggi sento il bisogno di rappresentare, dare valore a ciò che le persone danno per scontato.

Cos’è per te il colore? Come si innesta nella tua idea pittorica?

Il colore per me è vita. Si può trasmettere tutto, ogni tipo di sentimento, situazione, emozione.

Abbiamo anche la possibilità di creare sfumature e ciò rende il colore ancora più importante e caratteristico per ciò che voglio trasmettere.

Come mai la scelta dei pali della luce come veri e propri protagonisti di questo ciclo pittorico che ho il piacere di avere in galleria?

Ho voluto mettere in risalto qualcosa che le persone non vedono, ma non perché sono invisibili, al contrario, sono fin troppo visibili grazie alla loro maestosità.

Se pensiamo alla loro funzione, hanno dato un senso alla vita umana e alla sua evoluzione. Grazie all’elettricità oggi l’uomo ha potuto realizzare grandi cose.

Siamo circondati da queste strutture ma, non ne diamo importanza, come spesso accade in questa società che ti tende a mettere in ombra, a sottovalutare persone e cose che in realtà sono il fulcro della nostra vita.

Spiegheresti al pubblico olandese come mai l’uso della carta da parati così particolare con quelle scritte? Cosa ti dona in più rispetto alla semplice tela?

Ho voluto creare uno sfondo che potesse ricordare, tutto ciò che può attraversare queste strutture, venti, piogge, uccelli.. qualcosa che potesse ricordare il movimento.

Ecco perché la scelta di continue scritte in corsivo.

Sei tanto giovane e avrai altre mille idee in testa: puoi svelarci qualcosa in anteprima?

I pittori sono imprevedibili, a volte, perciò spero di potervi stupire al più presto.

Ringrazio di cuore Luca Azzurro che ci ha dedicato del tempo prezioso. Se voleste approfondire la sua poetica vi consiglio di seguirlo sulle sue pagine social (Facebook ed Instagram) oppure sul suo sito personale. Nel frattempo, siete invitati alla Manzoni Kunst Galerie di Oosterwolde e sui suoi canali Facebook ed Instagram.

Vraag aan de kunstenaar: Laura Zani

We hebben eindelijk de grote hitte achter ons gelaten (tenminste hier in Nederland) en kunnen ons concentreren op nieuwe projecten, nieuwe samenwerkingen, nieuwe tentoonstellingen, en de terugkeer van de rubriek Vraag aan de Kunstenaar (ik moet zeggen dat ik die gemist had en ik ben blij hem weer aan u te kunnen presenteren) ter gelegenheid van de opname van twee nieuwe kunstenaars in het project Hedendaagse Italiaanse Kunst in Nederland. Vandaag wil ik u officieel kennis laten maken met de Bresciaanse schilderes Laura Zani, die sinds april 2022 in de Manzoni Kunst Galerie in Oosterwolde is voor de portrettentoonstelling Het portreit van de ziel. Bekend door een wederzijdse vriendschap in Milaan (je vindt altijd de beste bij Milonga Cornici in het centrum van Milaan), heeft Laura’s poëtica mij onmiddellijk gegrepen en verliefd gemaakt op haar lieflijkheid en elegantie in het combineren van de kind-dier-plant wereld met een diep surrealistische en symbolische wereld dankzij het gebruik van delicate inkten met grote achtergronden. De werken van Laura Zani geven innerlijke kalmte en sereniteit en juist daarom worden ze zo gewaardeerd en gezocht door Amerikaanse, Egyptische, Italiaanse, Belgische, Duitse, Chinese en Nederlandse verzamelaars. Maar ik wil niet langer treuzelen en wil het woord doorgeven aan de artiest.

Vertel ons over jezelf: wanneer begon Laura Zani zich een kunstenares te voelen?

Ik heb een zeer romantisch beeld van de kunstenaar, die ik me voorstel als een individu dat volledig bezeten is door een persoonlijke visie op de werkelijkheid en dat altijd origineel is, zowel in de artistieke produktie als in het leven. Als ik mijzelf vergelijk met deze geïdealiseerde figuur, kan ik mij geen kunstenaar voelen : mijn leven is gewoon en mijn gedachten overpeinzen elk aspect van het dagelijks leven. Er zijn echter momenten waarop ik me los kan maken van de werkelijkheid: wanneer ik op zoek ben naar ideeën, wanneer ik verrukt ben door een bepaalde situatie of opgewonden door een succes, zeer intense momenten waarop ik mijn werk creëer. In die uren verandert mijn perceptie van mezelf en kan ik mezelf als artiest zien.  Maar omdat mijn romantische visie meestal de overhand heeft, noem ik mezelf liever een schilder.

Waar verlangt de artiest in jou naar? Heb je het al door?

De kunstenaar in mij wil positieve emoties overbrengen op de toeschouwer. Maar dat niet alleen: hij zoekt troost en vreugde in de gebaren die het werk maken, in de stroom van ideeën die het voortbrengt.

Ik ontken niet dat ik denk aan het krijgen van meer en meer feedback en waardering van het publiek en de critici, maar het zijn zeker niet mijn prioriteiten.

Ik denk dat mijn wens elke keer uitkomt als ik vreugde en serene nieuwsgierigheid zie in de ogen van de kijker, of als ik woorden van dankbaarheid hoor of lees voor de positieve emoties die mijn werk oproept.

Waar haal je de meeste inspiratie uit? Waarom?

Ik haal mijn inspiratie uit de dingen waar ik van houd: boeiende gezichten en uitdrukkingen die je latente emoties doen verbeelden; de ongeëvenaarde schoonheid van de creaties van de natuur – zowel van de planten- als van de dierenwereld; kunstwerken van meesters in de schilderkunst en de illustratie.

En dat allemaal omdat ik het gevoel heb dat ze tot mijn verbeelding behoren en mijn innerlijk welzijn erop berust.

Kunt u de lezers iets vertellen over uw schildertechniek: van het oorspronkelijke werk tot de uitwerking die een nieuw origineel wordt?

Het ontstaan van mijn artistieke produktie verloopt langs twee verschillende wegen: de ene komt geheel uit de verbeelding voort, zonder gebruik te maken van reële beelden – dit is specifiek illustratiewerk: nadat ik het idee voor het paneel heb gevonden, maak ik talrijke schetsen en kleurproeven om tot het uiteindelijke werk te komen.

De andere is beïnvloed door fotografische beelden. In deze gevallen gebruik ik foto’s om de vormen en de lichtcontrasten weer te geven, terwijl ik de neiging heb de context uit te vinden en de kleuren te veranderen om mijn persoonlijk palet te gebruiken.

Waarom de beslissing om fine art prints te maken? Heb je andere projecten om je nog dichter bij het publiek te brengen?

Ik besloot fine art prints van mijn werken te maken om mijn werk toegankelijker te maken voor een breed publiek. Door het afdrukken van bestanden, verkregen door het scannen of fotograferen van de originele werken, kan ik kopieën van hoge kwaliteit maken in verschillende formaten, zelfs afwijkend van de originelen, en dat tegen voordelige prijzen.

Ik denk dat om het publiek te benaderen zichtbaarheid onontbeerlijk is, die ik op dit moment zoek via de sociale media – Facebook en Instagram – en de steun van kunstgalerijen. Ik ben van plan, en dit is een primeur, om binnenkort een atelier met ramen te openen in het historische centrum van Brescia, mijn stad.

Ik wil Laura Zani uit de grond van mijn hart bedanken voor haar oneindige beschikbaarheid. Uit zo’n prachtig mens als zij kan niets anders dan prachtige kunst voortkomen.

Om de kunstenares te volgen bied ik u haar Instagram profiel en haar website aan, daarnaast nodig ik u persoonlijk uit in de Manzoni Kunst Galerie in Oosterwolde en op haar Facebook en Instagram pagina’s.

Ask the artist: Laura Zani

We have finally left the great heat behind us (at least here in Holland) and can concentrate on new projects, new collaborations, new exhibitions, and the return of the column Ask the Artist (I have to say that I had missed it and I am happy to present it to you again) on the occasion of the inclusion of two new artists in the project Contemporary Italian Art in the Netherlands. Today I would like to officially introduce you to the Brescian painter Laura Zani, who has been at the Manzoni Kunst Galerie in Oosterwolde since April 2022 for the portrait exhibition Het portreit van de ziel. Known through a mutual friendship in Milan (you can always find the best at Milonga Cornici in the centre of Milan), Laura’s poetics immediately captured me and made me fall in love with her sweetness and elegance in combining the child-animal-vegetal world with a profoundly surreal and symbolic world thanks to the use of delicate inks with large backgrounds. Laura Zani’s works give inner calmness and serenity and, precisely for this reason, they are so appreciated and sought after by American, Egyptian, Italian, Belgian, German, Chinese and Dutch collectors. But I do not want to linger any longer and would like to pass the word to the artist.

Tell us about yourself: when did Laura Zani start feeling like an artist?

I have a very romantic idea of the artist, whom I imagine as an individual totally possessed by a personal vision of reality and unfailingly original both in artistic production and in life. If I compare myself to this idealised figure, I cannot feel like an artist: my life is ordinary and my thoughts contemplate every aspect of everyday life. There are moments, however, when I am able to extricate myself from reality: when I am searching for ideas, when I am enraptured by a particular situation or exhilarated by a success, very intense moments when I am creating my work. In those hours my perception of myself changes and I can perceive myself as an artist.  But since my romantic vision usually prevails, I prefer to call myself a painter.

What does the artist in you long for? Have you already realised it?

The artist within me wishes to communicate positive emotions to the viewer. But not only that: he seeks comfort and joy in the gestures that create the work, in the flow of ideas that generate it.

I don’t deny that I think about getting more and more feedback and appreciation from the public and critics, but they are certainly not my priorities.

I think I get my wish every time I see joy and serene curiosity in the eyes of the viewer, or when I hear or read words of gratitude for the positive emotions aroused by my work.

What do you draw the most inspiration from? Why?

I draw inspiration from the things I love: captivating faces and expressions that make one imagine latent emotions; the beauty, unparalleled, of the creations of nature – both of the plant and animal world; works of art by masters of painting and illustration.

And all this because I feel that they belong to my imagination and my inner well-being rests on them.

Would you tell the readers about your painting technique: from the original work to the elaboration that becomes a new original?

The genesis of my artistic production follows two different paths: one is generated entirely from imagination without relying on real images – this is specifically illustration work: having found the idea for the panel, I make numerous sketches and colour proofs to arrive at the final work.

The other is influenced by photographic images. In these cases, I use photographs to reproduce the shapes and light contrasts while I tend to invent the context and change colours in order to use my personal palette.

Why the decision to create fine art prints? Do you have other projects to bring you even closer to the public?

I decided to produce fine art prints of my works to make my work more accessible to a wide audience. By printing files obtained by scanning or photographing the original works, I can create high quality copies of various sizes, even different from the originals, at inexpensive prices.

I think that in order to approach the public, visibility is indispensable, which, at the moment, I seek through social media – Facebook and Instagram – and the support of art galleries. I am planning, and this is a scoop, to open a studio with windows in the historic centre of Brescia, my city, soon.

I would really like to thank Laura Zani from the bottom of my heart for her infinite availability. From such a wonderful person as she is, nothing but wonderful art can but spring forth.

To follow the artist, I offer you her Instagram profile and her website, as well as inviting you in person to the Manzoni Kunst Galerie in Oosterwolde and to her Facebook and Elisa Manzoni (@manzoni.kunstgalerie) • Foto e video di Instagram pages.

Ask the artist: Rob Koedijk

It has been a while since the last interview in the “Ask to the artist” column, which aimed to investigate in detail the secrets of the artists participating in the Italian Contemporary Art in the Netherlands project, supported by the neo Manzoni Kunst Galerie in Oosterwolde. At the end of July, we had the pleasure of getting to know a little more about the artistic poetics of the young visual artist Ilaria Sperotto from Vicenza, but, as I had announced from the outset, the project is expanding and opening its doors to Dutch artists to create a constructive and proactive artistic and cultural dialogue between Italy and Netherlands.

With great pride, today I would like to introduce to you the first Dutch artist who has accepted the “challenge”: Rob Koedijk from Assen. What thrilled me about Rob Koedijk’s art is his conception of colour, which he enhances to the nth degree in two totally different media, which achieve a completely dissimilar end result. The first medium used is large and very large canvas in which colour comes to life in enormous backgrounds in addition to various tactile materials, giving rise to works with an abstract-informal material flavour. The second medium used by the Assen-based artist is glass in which, although colour is always the dominant element, the application on such a different medium results in an abstract-informal poetic sign in which the observer can play with his imagination and discover images from his own memory and contrasting emotional sensations.

The Manzoni Kunst Galerie in Oosterwolde is pleased to host some works on glass, epoxy resin and fusion by the artist Rob Koedijk; fine works in different formats and prices that have the capacity to amaze for the high technical quality executed.

Let’s finally move on to the questions to Rob Koedijk:

You are an artist with a profound artistic culture, but where does your passion for abstract art and material informalism come from? What does abstraction mean to you?

For me, abstract art is the expression of my own self and my own feelings through colour. The shape and the brushstrokes I put on the canvas are initially secondary to the feelings I am experiencing at that moment. But as my work progresses, the colours and the way they flow into each other become an essential part of the process. While painting, a painting emerges unnoticed because I give my thoughts and feelings all the space they need at that moment. My work is a way of designing that can be ‘read’ by anyone with an open mind and to which everyone can and may give their own interpretation. Form in general is very important to me. However, in abstracting it by means of colour and materials, I can better express myself.

How did your life change after you learned about art through media and colour?

During my studies at the A.K.I. (Academy of Art and Industry), it was mainly the subjects of Architecture, Fashion, Graphic Design and Colour Techniques that I followed with enthusiasm. During my studies, it became clear to me that what I learned there would become an important facet of my life.

Can you tell the readers something about your creative process, from start to finish? Where do you get your inspiration from until you walk away from the work and say “well, now it’s finished”.

I start by choosing the materials with which I want to make the painting, the colours and the size of the canvas. Subsequently, the thoughts and feelings that enter me at that moment, give rise to spontaneous, uninhibited, and random brushstrokes on the canvas with the corresponding colour spectrum. The complete surrender to my feelings and the freedom with which I can fill the canvas myself evolves from an idea to a finished work. If my work gives me satisfaction after completion, then it is “finished”. If not, I let it rest for a while and start again.

Although you always follow your personal abstract artistic poetics, you execute your works on two totally different supports, canvas, and glass: why these choices? Tell us more about your technique.

Working with multiple materials and supports is a challenge for me. It turns out that my own ‘handwriting’ also changes somewhat through this use. Working on canvas with coarse brushes, for example, can produce a quick result, while applying paint to glass with a palette knife shows completely different. Paint on glass with a palette knife shows completely different structures. Working in this way stimulates my creativity, also because the final result is often surprising and very different.

Do you believe that abstract art can be the key to changing people’s minds and improving the world today?

For the viewer, looking at abstract art and empathising with the use of colour, form and composition of a work can provide a moment of peace. Through his own interpretation, the spectator can briefly detach his thoughts from the reality of everyday life and see the relativity of things. I hope that I can contribute to this with my work.

Thank you very much for the time Rob Koedijk has reserved for our readers. For any information I am at your disposal. I invite you to the gallery to enjoy Rob Koedijk’s artistic poetics or to visit his page on

The artist also gives you the opportunity to see other works in his Atelier.

Domanda all’artista: Rob Koedijk

È passato un po’ di tempo dall’ultima intervista della rubrica “Domanda all’artista” che aveva lo scopo di indagare nel dettaglio i segreti degli artisti partecipanti al progetto Arte Italiana Contemporanea in Olanda, supportato dalla neo Manzoni Kunst Galerie di Oosterwolde. Alla fine di luglio, abbiamo avuto il piacere di conoscere un po’ più da vicino la poetica artistica della giovane visual artist Ilaria Sperotto da Vicenza, ma, come avevo annunciato sino dall’inizio, il progetto è in via di espansione ed apre le porte agli artisti olandesi per creare un dialogo artistico e culturale costruttivo e propositivo tra Italia ed Olanda.

Con grande orgoglio, oggi vorrei presentarvi il primo artista olandese che ha accettato la “sfida”: Rob Koedijk da Assen. Quello che mi ha entusiasmato nell’arte di Rob Koedijk è la sua concezione del colore che esalta all’ennesima potenza in due supporti totalmente diversi, ottendo un risultato finale completamente dissimile. Il primo supporto usato è la tela di grande e grandissimo formato in cui il colore prende vita in enormi campiture in aggiunta a vari materiali tattilmente percepibili, facendo nascere così opere dal sapore astratto – informale materico; il secondo supporto utilizzato dall’artista di Assen è invece il vetro in cui, sebbene il colore ne fa sempre da padrone, la stesura su un media tanto diverso dà come risultato una poetica astratta – informale segnica in cui l’osservatore può giocare con la fantasia e scovare immagini della propria memoria e sensazioni emotive contrastanti.

La Manzoni Kunst Galerie di Oosterwolde ha il piacere di ospitare alcune opere su vetro, resina epossidica e fusione dell’artista Rob Koedijk; opere di pregio di diversi formati e prezzi che hanno la capacità di stupire per l’alta qualità tecnica eseguita.

Passiamo finalmente alle domande a Rob Koedijk:

Lei è un artista con una profonda cultura artistica, ma da dove viene la sua passione per l’arte astratta e l’Informale materico? Cosa significa per lei l’astrazione?

Per me, l’arte astratta è l’espressione del mio io e dei miei sentimenti attraverso il colore. La forma e le pennellate che metto sulla tela sono inizialmente secondarie rispetto alle sensazioni che sto vivendo in quel momento. Ma man mano che il mio lavoro progredisce, i colori e il modo in cui fluiscono l’uno nell’altro diventano una parte essenziale del processo. Mentre dipingo, un quadro emerge inosservato perché do ai miei pensieri e sentimenti tutto lo spazio di cui hanno bisogno in quel momento. Il mio lavoro è un modo di progettare che può essere “letto” da chiunque abbia una mente aperta e a cui ognuno può dare la propria interpretazione. La forma in generale è molto importante per me. Tuttavia, astraendo attraverso il colore e i materiali, posso esprimermi meglio.

Come è cambiata la sua vita dopo aver imparato l’arte attraverso i media ed il colore?

Durante i miei studi all’A.K.I. (Accademia di Arte e Industria), sono state soprattutto le materie di Architettura, Moda, Disegno Grafico e Tecniche del Colore che ho seguito con entusiasmo. Nel corso dei miei studi, mi fu chiaro che ciò che avevo imparato lì sarebbe diventato un aspetto importante della mia vita.

Puoi dire ai lettori qualcosa sul tuo processo creativo, dall’inizio alla fine? Da dove prendi l’ispirazione fino a quando ti allontani dal lavoro e dici “bene, ora è finito”.

Inizio scegliendo i materiali con cui voglio fare il quadro, i colori e le dimensioni della tela. In seguito, i pensieri e i sentimenti che mi entrano in quel momento, danno origine a pennellate spontanee, disinibite e casuali sulla tela con il corrispondente spettro di colori. Il completo abbandono ai miei sentimenti e la libertà con cui posso riempire la tela da solo si evolve da un’idea a un lavoro finito. Se il mio lavoro mi dà soddisfazione dopo il suo completamento, allora è “finito”. In caso contrario, lo lascio riposare per un po’ e ricomincio.

Pur seguendo sempre la tua personale poetica artistica astratta, esegui le tue opere su due supporti totalmente diversi, la tela ed il vetro: perché queste scelte? Ci dica di più sulla sua tecnica.

Lavorare con più materiali e supporti è una sfida per me. Si scopre che anche la mia “scrittura” cambia un po’ attraverso questo uso. Lavorare su tela con pennelli grossolani, per esempio, può produrre un risultato rapido, mentre applicare la pittura sul vetro con una spatola rivela un risultato completamente diverso. Dipingere su vetro con una spatola mostra strutture completamente diverse. Lavorare in questo modo stimola la mia creatività, anche perché il risultato finale è spesso sorprendente e molto diverso.

Crede che l’arte astratta possa essere la chiave per cambiare la mente delle persone e migliorare il mondo di oggi?

Per lo spettatore, guardare l’arte astratta ed entrare in empatia con l’uso del colore, la forma e la composizione di un’opera può fornire un momento di pace. Attraverso la propria interpretazione, lo spettatore può staccare brevemente i suoi pensieri dalla realtà della vita quotidiana e vedere la relatività delle cose. Spero di poter contribuire a questo con il mio lavoro.

Ringrazio di cuore il tempo che Rob Koedijk ha riservato ai nostri lettori. Per qualsiasi informazione sono a vostra disposizione. Vi invito in galleria a godere della poetica artistica di Rob Koedijk oppure a visitare la pagina a lui dedicata su

L’artista inoltre dà l’occasione di potere vedere altre opere nel suo Atelier.

Vraag aan de kunstenaar: Ilaria Sperotto

We zijn nu bij het laatste interview dat gepland staat voor de rubriek Vraag aan de kunstenaar die sinds december 2020 de vijftien kunstenaars die deelnemen aan het project Italiaanse Hedendaagse Kunst in Nederland, ondersteund door de neo Manzoni Kunst Galerie in Oosterwolde, heeft willen onderzoeken en beter leren kennen: kunstenaars uit heel Italië, kunstenaars met stijlen, technieken, onderwerpen en artistieke wegen die sterk van elkaar verschillen, alleen maar om te laten zien hoe Veelzijdig, Complex en Veelzijdig Kunst is.

Vandaag hebben we als gast de jonge beeldende kunstenares Ilaria Sperotto uit Vicenza, bekend door gemeenschappelijke artistieke vriendschappen en voor wie ik groot respect heb voor de kunstwerken die zij maakt en waarin zij diep ingaat op de essentie van zijn geest en zijn onbewuste: de schilderijen zijn het resultaat van een expressieve artistieke poëtisch-abstracte instinctieve waarin de kleur en de penseelstreken het gevoel geven te worden gekatapulteerd in de primordiale psychische dimensie van emoties.

Reeds bekend in Italië, Zwitserland, Oostenrijk, Frankrijk en België, is Ilaria Sperotto vandaag aanwezig op het Nederlandse grondgebied met zes waardevolle werken van klein formaat tegen de prijzen “betaalbaar”.

We geven uiteindelijk het woord aan Ilaria Sperotto:

Velen hebben het u zeker gevraagd, maar het Nederlandse publiek weet niet hoe de kunstenares Ilaria Sperotto deze historische periode, die zeker de geschiedenisboeken zal ingaan, heeft beleefd en nog steeds beleeft: heeft de kunst u geholpen? Zijn er toekomstige projecten of is het nog te vaag om concreet iets te plannen?

Toen de pandemie in 2020 uitbrak, was dat voor mij een breekpunt, aanvankelijk heel moeilijk, onwerkelijk, ik was heel bang. Op een dag besloot ik dat ik moest herstellen, dat ik mijn droom moest hervatten om een normaal leven te leiden. Schilderen was in dit geval fundamenteel, bevrijdend! Door kleur liet ik mijn emoties los en begon ik me weer levend te voelen, te dromen! 2021 is een bijzonder jaar, een voortdurende vooruitgang. Ik neem momenteel deel aan het “Birma Paviljoen”, een internationaal postkunstproject in het Palazzo Zanardi Landi in Guardamiglio Lodi (Italië). Terwijl ik in september 2021 een dertigtal olieverfschilderijen zal tentoonstellen in het historisch centrum van Vicenza: ik zal deel uitmaken van de protagonisten van VIOFF “A GOLDEN JOURNEY”, de nieuwe editie van Fuori Fiera di Vicenzaoro. Ik heb plannen voor 2022, maar daar wil ik nu nog niet over praten.

Schildert u altijd en plein air zoals een hedendaags impressionist of heeft u ook momenten van persoonlijke nabewerking in het atelier? Vertel ons over je creatieve proces…

Met de pandemie en de lockdown moest ik me aanpassen aan de nieuwe situatie, vroeger schilderde ik uitsluitend en plein air, het landschap observerend en opnieuw interpreterend, nu schilder ik voornamelijk in het atelier. Mijn schilderijen komen voort uit mijn verbeelding, uit mijn onderbewustzijn, en dan breng ik ze over op doek. Het zijn visioenen, landschappen die niet bestaan.

Als men de oude impressionistische olieverfschilderijen vergelijkt met de meest recente metafysisch-abstracte werken, dan is er sprake van een grote stijlsprong. Wat veroorzaakte deze stilistische verandering?

Met de afsluiting gebeurde een onverwachte “klik”, in het verleden voelde ik me met olieverfschilderen nooit helemaal vrij, ik voelde me geketend en verankerd aan de invloeden van mijn meesters. Ik hield en hou van impressionistische schilderkunst, maar ik heb nooit het gevoel gehad dat het helemaal van mij was. Pandemic stelde me in staat mezelf van binnen te verkennen, naar mezelf te luisteren. Mijn laatste werken zijn het resultaat.

U bent een veelzijdig kunstenaar: laten we het eens hebben over uw symbolistische keramiek. Wat inspireert je?

Keramiek is een wereld op zich, ik ben enorm gefascineerd door de aarde, door haar plasticiteit en ik hou ervan te experimenteren en te experimenteren. Sinds enkele jaren laat ik me vooral inspireren door het thema steden, mijn reizen, mijn studies. Een van de dingen die ze me op de architectuurfaculteit hebben geleerd is te kijken, de context te observeren, het landschap, het territorium. Om te verkennen met de blik, om je voor te stellen wat er niet meer is of nog niet is. Ook architectuur komt, net als kunst, voort uit de verbeelding. Stedenbouw zelf is in de eerste plaats een voorspelling. En dus probeer ik mijn zicht te vertroebelen, mijn blik te vertroebelen om verder te kunnen zien dan het zicht.

U bent altijd op zoek naar pure emotie: wat wilt u overbrengen op degenen die voor uw werken blijven hangen?

In mijn werk is schilderen, net als keramiek, instinctief, vol emoties en stemmingen die iedereen, in zijn eigen hart, kan lezen en interpreteren. Wat ik wil overbrengen is een empathische en intuïtieve emotie. Een essentie die niet gevonden moet worden in de materie buiten ons of buiten de werkelijkheid die door de zintuigen wordt waargenomen, maar in ons en in de innerlijke wereld waarin wij leven, waarbij wij leren verder te kijken dan het uiterlijk, voorbij het zichtbare, door de emotie die in de geest huist.

Ik dank Ilaria Sperotto oprecht voor de tijd die zij aan ons heeft gewijd en ik herinner de lezers eraan dat zij de kunstwerken van de jonge kunstenares online kunnen bekijken op of naar de galerie kunnen komen om met eigen ogen de kwaliteit van de uitvoering van de voorgestelde olieverfschilderijen te zien.

Ask the artist: Ilaria Sperotto

We have now reached the last scheduled interview in Ask the artist column, which since December 2020 has been investigating and getting to know better the fifteen artists taking part in the Italian Contemporary Art in the Netherlands Project supported by the neo Manzoni Kunst Galerie in Oosterwolde: artists from all over Italy, artists with very different styles, techniques, subjects and artistic paths, demonstrating just how versatile, complex and multi-faceted art can be.

Today we have as our guest the young visual artist Ilaria Sperotto from Vicenza, whom I met through mutual artistic friendships and for whom I have great respect because of the works of art she creates, in which the essence of her own spirit and unconscious is explored in depth: her canvases are the result of an expressive, abstract and instinctive artistic poetics in which the colour and brushstrokes give the sensation of being catapulted into the primordial psychic dimension of emotions.

Already well known in Italy, Switzerland, Austria, France, and Belgium, Ilaria Sperotto is now present in the Netherlands with six valuable small format works at affordable prices.

Let us finally pass the word to Ilaria Sperotto:

You have certainly been asked this question by many, but the Dutch public does not know how the artist Ilaria Sperotto lived and still lives this historical period that will surely enter the history books: has art helped you? Are there any future projects or is it still too nebulous to concretely plan anything?

In 2020 when the pandemic started it was a braking moment for me, initially very difficult, surreal, I was very scared. Then one day I decided that I had to recover, I had to resume my dream of living a normal life. Painting in this case was fundamental, liberating! Through colour, I freed my emotions and began to feel alive again, to dream! 2021 is a special year, a continuous work in progress. I am currently participating in the “Burma Pavilion”, an international postal art project at Palazzo Zanardi Landi in Guardamiglio Lodi (Italy). While in September 2021 I will exhibit about thirty oil paintings in the historical centre of Vicenza: I will be part of the protagonists of VIOFF “A GOLDEN JOURNEY”, the new edition of Fuori Fiera di Vicenzaoro. I am planning 2022, but I prefer not to talk about it for now.

Do you always paint en plein air like a contemporary impressionist or do you have moments of personal reworking in the studio? Tell us about your creative process…

With the pandemic and the lockdown, I had to adapt to the new situation, in the past I used to paint exclusively en plein air, observing and reinterpreting the landscape, now I paint mainly in the studio. My paintings come from my imagination, from my unconscious, and then I transfer them to canvas. They are visions, landscapes that do not exist.

Looking at the old impressionist oil paintings and comparing them with the more recent metaphysical-abstract works, there has been a big stylistic leap. What triggered this stylistic change?

With the lockdown, an unexpected “click” happened. In the past, I never felt totally free with oil painting, I felt chained and anchored to the influences of my masters. I loved and adore Impressionist painting, but I never felt it was totally mine. Pandemic allowed me to explore myself inside, to listen to myself. My latest works are the result.

You are an all-round artist: let’s talk about your symbolist ceramics. What inspires you?

Ceramics are a world of their own, I am extremely fascinated by the earth, by its plasticity and I love to experiment. For several years now, I have been mainly inspired by the theme of cities, my travels, my studies. One of the things they taught me at the Faculty of Architecture is to look, to observe the context, the landscape, the territory. To explore with the gaze, to imagine what is no longer there or not yet there. Architecture, like Art, springs from the imagination. Urban Planning itself is first and foremost a prediction. And so, I try to blur my vision, to blur my look in order to see beyond the vision.

You are always looking for pure emotion: what do you want to convey to those who linger in front of your works?

In my work, painting, like ceramics, is instinctive, charged with emotions and moods that everyone can read and interpret in their own depths. What I want to convey is an empathic and intuitive emotion. An essence that is not to be found in the matter outside of us or beyond the reality perceivable with the senses, but within us and within the inner world in which we live, learning to look beyond appearance, beyond the visible, through the emotion that dwells in the mind.

I would like to thank Ilaria Sperotto for the time she has dedicated to us and remind readers that they can view the young artist’s works of art online at or come to the gallery and see for themselves the quality of the oils on display.

Domanda all’artista: Ilaria Sperotto

Siamo ormai giunti all’ultima intervista in programma per la rubrica Domanda all’artista che, da dicembre 2020, ha voluto indagare e fare conoscere meglio i quindici artisti che partecipano al progetto Arte Italiana Contemporanea in Olanda, supportato dalla neo Manzoni Kunst Galerie di Oosterwolde: Artisti provenienti da tutta Italia, Artisti con stili, tecniche, soggetti e percorsi artistici molto differenti tra di loro proprio a dimostrazione di quanto l’Arte sia versatile, complessa e multi-sfaccettata.

Oggi abbiamo come ospite la giovane visual artist Ilaria Sperotto da Vicenza, conosciuta tramite amicizie artistiche in comune e per la quale nutro grande stima per le opere d’arte che realizza in cui si indaga a fondo l’essenza del proprio spirito e del proprio inconscio: le tele sono il traguardo di una poetica artistica espressivo-astratta istintiva in cui il colore e le pennellate date di getto danno la sensazione di essere catapultati nella dimensione psichica primordiale delle emozioni.

Già conosciuta in Italia, in Svizzera, in Austria, in Francia e in Belgio, oggi Ilaria Sperotto è presente sul territorio olandese con sei pregevoli opere di piccolo formato dai prezzi “affordable”.

Passiamo finalmente la parola ad Ilaria Sperotto:

Sicuramente te l’hanno chiesto in tanti ma il pubblico olandese non conosce come l’artista Ilaria Sperotto abbia vissuto e vive tutt’ora questo periodo storico che entrerà sicuramente nei manuali di storia: l’arte ti ha aiutata? Ci sono progetti futuri o è ancora troppo nebuloso per programmare concretamente qualcosa?

Nel 2020 quando è iniziata la pandemia per me è stato un momento di freno, inizialmente molto difficile, surreale, ero molto spaventata. Poi un giorno ho deciso che dovevo riprendermi, dovevo riprendere il mio sogno per vivere una vita normale. La pittura in questo caso è stata fondamentale, liberatoria! Attraverso il colore ho liberato le mie emozioni e ho riiniziato a sentirmi viva, a sognare! Il 2021 è un anno particolare, un continuo working progress. Attualmente sto partecipando al “Padiglione Birmania”, progetto internazionale di arte postale presso Palazzo Zanardi Landi a Guardamiglio Lodi (Italia). Mentre a settembre 2021 esporrò una trentina di quadri ad olio nel centro storico di Vicenza: farò parte dei protagonisti del VIOFF “A GOLDEN JOURNEY”, la nuova edizione del Fuori Fiera di Vicenzaoro. Sto progettando il 2022, ma preferisco non parlarne per ora.

Dipingi sempre en plein air come un’impressionista contemporanea oppure hai momenti di rielaborazione personale nello studio? Raccontaci il percorso del tuo processo creativo…

Con la pandemia e il lockdown ho dovuto adattarmi alla nuova situazione, nel passato dipingevo esclusivamente en plein air, osservando e reinterpretando il paesaggio, ora dipingo prevalentemente in studio. I miei quadri nascono dalla mia immaginazione, dal mio inconscio, successivamente li trasferisco su tela. Sono visioni, paesaggi che non esistono.

Guardando i vecchi lavori ad olio di stampo impressionista e mettendoli a confronto con le opere più recenti di stampo metafisico – astratto c’è stato un grande salto stilistico. Cosa ha scatenato questo cambio stilistico?

Con il lockdown è accaduto un “click” inaspettato, in passato con la pittura ad olio non mi sono mai sentita totalmente libera, mi sentivo incatenata e ancorata alle influenze dei miei maestri. Adoravo e adoro la pittura impressionista, ma non l’ho mai sentita totalmente mia. La pandemia mi ha permesso di esplorarmi dentro, ascoltarmi. I miei ultimi lavori ne sono il risultato.

Sei un’artista a tutto tondo: parliamo delle tue ceramiche simboliste. A cosa ti ispiri?

Le ceramiche sono un mondo a sé, sono estremamente affascinata dalla terra, dalla sua plasticità e adoro sperimentarmi e sperimentare. Da diversi anni mi ispiro principalmente al tema delle città, ai miei viaggi, ai miei studi. Una delle cose che mi hanno insegnato alla Facoltà di Architettura è guardare, osservare il contesto, il paesaggio, il territorio. Esplorare con lo sguardo, per immaginare ciò che non c’è più o non ancora. Anche l’Architettura, del resto come l’Arte, scaturisce dall’immaginazione. L’Urbanistica stessa è prima di tutto una previsione. Ed ecco che allora provo ad annebbiare la vista, offuscare lo sguardo per vedere oltre la visione.

Sei sempre alla ricerca dell’emozione pura: cosa vuoi trasmettere a chi si sofferma davanti alle tue opere?

Nei miei lavori, la pittura come la ceramica è istintiva, carica di emozioni e stati d’animo che ognuno, nel proprio intimo può leggere ed interpretare. Ciò che voglio trasmettere è un’emozione empatica e intuitiva. Un’essenza che non va individuata nella materia fuori di noi o al di là dalla realtà percepibile con i sensi, ma dentro di noi e dentro il mondo interiore in cui viviamo, imparando a guardare al di là dell’apparenza, oltre il visibile, attraverso l’emozione che alberga nella mente.

Ringrazio di cuore Ilaria Sperotto per il tempo che ci ha dedicato e ricordo ai lettori che potranno visionare on-line le opere d’arte della giovane artista sul sito oppure venire in galleria ed osservare di persona la qualità esecutiva degli olii proposti.