Former apprentice for Giulio Cappellini, considered as the reference in design, former model for fashion designers, Mattia Biagi is an artist in his own right.
I would describe myself as energetic. I am always looking for the “next”… the next project, the next thing, the next inspiration. As soon as I am done with one thing, I am immediately looking for what’s next. The most important part of my job as an artist is the fact that I work with a material that is regarded by most people to be terrible – an industrial material that smells bad, makes a mess, and is disgusting in appearance. I like using objects that are trash for others; I never use new objects. I utilize materials that people consider to be shit and make a beautiful object of art out of it. I believe that there is beauty in everything. Everyone can have some sort of a response to that; the idea has a universal appeal.Do you feel like you belong more to the fashion universe or to the contemporary art world? Perhaps design and architecture rather than fashion and contemporary art?
It is all the same to me. I think it’s all one thing. Everything inspires me… art, fashion, design, architecture. My art is a blend of all of these things.
Do you believe that frontiers exist between fashion and art?
No, not in my mind.
What is the role of an artist in today’s world?
To reflect the moment that we live in.
We know your heritage from Cappellini. In what way design inspires and inspired you?
At Cappellini, I was working with a company that pays a lot of attention to other things outside of the design world, to fashion and other types of design. Giulio Cappellini wanted someone removed from the world of furniture and architecture, someone in touch with fashion and design, which was perfect for me since I had come from that world through modeling.
What do you intend to describe or denounce through your artwork?
I just want to express myself and to convey that there is beauty in everything.
Does living in L.A influence your creation’s process?
Oh yeah. LACMA (the Los Angeles County Museum of Art) is great. The idea for the tar collection came from the La Brea Tar Pits, which is right next to LACMA. Also, the weather influences me beacuse you can work outside all year. Since my work must be made outside, if it rained everyday I couldn’t do what I do.
What other artists, designers, architects do you feel close to?
There are a lot. Not one person in particular, but I like certain aspects of different artists and designers: the tension in Picasso’s work, the pop culture imagery in Warhol’s work, the proportion and scale of Dali, Galliano’s use of contrast and different textures of fabric, Westwood’s punk chic, the strange and unusual scale of Starck’s objects, the glossy luxuriousness of Gucci, the geometry of YSL.
How far do you hope to go artistically speaking?
As far as possible! I want to leave something for the future and I will.
What gallery do you work with?
I have shown my art in exhibitions all over the world… in Italy and most recently in the U.S. at Patricia Faure Gallery in Santa Monica, Twentieth, Ghetto Gloss and Cappellini in Los Angeles, Rose in Venice, Dzine in San Francisco, Majestic at Home during Art Basel in Miami and the Red Dot Art Fair 2007 in New York City. I am currently working with a private art dealer, Price Latimer, in Los Angeles.
Why did you choose those galleries?
It just worked out that way.
Why is black so important in your artwork?
Because there is a black part in everyone, but there is beauty in that as well.
Before, I worked with a lot of color, so black is just part of the vision that I have right now.Would you consider to do something else if you were not an artist?
I cannot imagine doing anything else. I always try to do everything related to art.Do you consider that “art is alive”?
Yes, totally. A piece of art gives you emotion and emotion is life.
Thank you again and good luck !