As we approach the conclusion of the year, we sit down for a quick chat with Nunzio Miano to delve into the transformative journey their work has undertaken over the past 12 months. In this candid discussion, Miano reflects on the balance between experimentation and thoughtful consideration, offering insights into their creative process and the subconscious messages embedded in their pieces.
1. As the year comes to a close, how do you feel your work has evolved over the past 12 months?
I feel that I’ve been a lot more experimental this year but at that same time more considered as well. What I mean by that, is I’ve made some time each week to try new ideas and techniques and to really push my comfort zone. I then like to sit with these new ideas and pieces and consider them, ponder over them and try to understand where they are coming from and what I’m subconsciously trying to say, as it’s not always that evident.
2. For the year ahead have you had a chance to lay out any goals?
Yes I’m super excited for the year ahead. I’ve got some exciting new pieces that I haven’t shown anyone yet, so I’ll be looking forward to the reaction they will get. I am also heading back to Italy to do another art residency. Its so important for me to go back to the motherland to get inspired and continue the ever evolving narrative in my work.
3. Your works are very expressive and emotive, do you wait until you are in a specific mood to paint?
Yes unfortunately I can’t just turn it on, I really need to be in the mood and if I’m not I try as hard as I can to get into it. It’s actually a bit of a performance with each session in the studio. I really need to psych myself up, sort of like getting on stage. There’s the prep, the warm up, the actual creating and the clean up. Sometimes though, I just get in the studio without thinking and before I know it 4 hours have passed. I love these days because it’s so spontaneous and just comes out so organically. Each time spent in the studio is a journey, a bit like meditation. Sometimes I’m consciously thinking, somethings I’m just moving with the paint.
4. How do you think your surroundings impact your work?
Light is so important. I love diffused bright natural light. I also need to be close to nature, even though I dont paint in nature, I need to know it’s close by. Hence my city studio is close to the beach and my country studio is plonked right in the mddle of some stunning gardens. I need to be in a calm space, with energetic music and a cup of organic herbal tea at hand.
5. And finally, what do you find most rewarding about your work as an artist?
Hmmm so many things. I haven’t really thought about it but I love the process, I love the high I get when I create something compelling, I just feel so happy and alive. While I dont specifically paint for an audience unless its a commission, I do love when a client tells me that my painting gives them joy every day, that just fills me with happiness and really strives me to keep going.