DANIEL BOCCATO IS A YOUNG SCULPTURIST GROWN UP BETWEEN NEW YORK AND SAO PAULO. HIS SCULPTURES INVITE THE VIEWER IN A PROCESS OF IDENTIFICATION, KEEPING ALIVE SOME MISTERY AND CURIOSITY, OF THE HUMAN BEING’S FEELINGS.
When did you become an artist?
There was never a specific turning point. I was always drawing as a kid. First, cartoons, then later from observation – people, objects, places.
What inspires you and what artists do you prefer?
I love taking walks, because i come across many shapes, colors, forms, situations that are visually interesting to me. Grimy urban places, majestic nature, people, lovers, friends – all of these can be sources of inspiration. Other artworks, music, cinema also. I love katharina fritsch, eva hesse, andra ursuta, alice neel, valerie snobeck, judith hopf and more.
What motivates you?
I make the work to be able to see the work. It is not enough for me to have the visual idea/image inside my head. The need to see images is what motivates me to make work. And once the work is finished, the energy that emanates from me excites me and motivates me to continue working.
What is there to gain by making art?
The need to see in front of me the images i have inside my head, is not only a source of motivation, but also a big gain from making work. The actual process of realizing work brings up a lot of questions about what is it that you are doing. Questions that i would never come across otherwise. Questions that get to the core of what is important for me.
What are you working on now, and what are your plans for the future?
My next project will be an exhibition in ribot gallery, milan. For the future, i hope to keep working on different bodies of work and having more exhibitions.
What other forms of creativity do you like, other than sculpture?
I like to make music. I play drums and piano, but also like to mess around with electronic sounds on the computer.
How do you spend your free time?
I enjoy spending time with my friends. Going out, having good food, dancing a bit. Taking long walks.
How important are social connections in developing a successful career as an artist?
Extremely important. Nobody is an “island”.