Lorenzo T. Gychav

illustrator
Catania / italy

WHAT’S YOUR BACKGROUND?

I have been drawing for as long as I can remember and I have always had this melancholic need to translate what I feel into faces, bodies and shapes. I began with small commissions, portraits, and then I completely disengaged from a story that only took reality and I began to align my idea of poetry, of corporeity with the characters that most enraptured me. Starting with portraits, which I never left, I managed to mix my emotions with my pencils. With each commission, as I grew, I added something abstract that was not physically in the character but lived inside me during the process.  

WHAT ARE YOUR SOURCES OF INSPIRATION?

My sources of inspiration are definitely biographies, I read a lot of them. Mainly I read stories about 20th century artists.  

Knowing the history, the process of how some great talents come to give birth to brilliant ideas, is a deep inspiration for me. It’s as if I’m talking to the spirit of these people, it’s a confrontation, an exchange. They are usually accompanied by mysticism and the charm of many sacred objects that frame my origins. Growing up in a city in Sicily, Catania, it is hard to imagine an afternoon studying in the living room without an altar, with crosses and sacred figures adorned. Since I was a child, I have always found them wonderful, powerful. They have certainly, in their symbolism, influenced my artistic process.

WHAT ARE YOUR LUCIDITY PILLS?

The immortality of my spirit is the marriage with my art.

Image courtesy of Lorenzo T. Gychav.

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