REDMILK MEETS MARCO RÉA, A TRUE AND SINCERE ARTIST, WHOSE ART COMES STRAIGHT FROM THE EYES TO THE HEART OF THE OBSERVER, LEAVING AN INDELIBLE MARK.DESTRUCTIVE AND REVOLUTIONARY, EACH OF HIS WORKS IS A NEW POINT OF VIEW ON THE FASHION WORLD. THE IMAGE BECOMES A PAINTING AND THE HARMONY CREATED IS PURE BEAUTY: ENCHANTMENT AND FASCINATION.
What was your childhood dream?
My childhood dream was to be able to draw on all the walls of my bedroom. One day my father told me that soon we would move house and that I could paint on all the walls, until the day of the move. I still remember the joy I felt! Perhaps the same emotion I felt when I started painting spray cans on the walls of my city.
When did you realise that art would become your life?
It’s strange but I’ve never had to understand it because for me it has always been an obvious thing for me. Art and creativity have always been by my side. All my studies have been related to art: diploma at the art school, comics school, the Degree in Art History. By the other side, it took me many years before I could define myself as an “artist” because the respect I had for art and for artists it was something sacred.
What inspires your work?
My work is certainly inspired by the passion for contemporary art but also by fashion, music, cinema, travel and everyday life. It’s like I have an internal radar that every day, every moment captures information, images and filters them. Someone says that an artist is at work even when he looks out the window!
Your talent was discovered by Nick Knight. How important was it to you?
In the contemporary art landscape, I had already done many exhibitions in Italy, in Europe and in the United States, but Nick Knight was fundamental for entering the world of fashion. One day I received an email asking me if I wanted to make illustrations for the Paris Fashion Week, it was fantastic for me, and that was just the beginning! Later I made many exhibitions curated by his staff together with some of the most important illustrators of the contemporary scene, such as Unskilled Worker, who collaborated with Gucci. I made works commissioned by Chloe Sevigny, Michal Gaubert, and an exhibition in honour of Kate Moss who was present on the day of the vernissage. Later I made some works for Liberty London and interviews for Vogue Italia, Fashionable Lampoon, Hunger Magazine and other magazines all around the world. I’m glad to remember the kindness and appreciation that immediately showed me Judy Blame, a cult designer who unfortunately died recently.
Describe your works in three adjectives.
Mysterious. Visionary. Unique.
Your works manipulate, destroy and reinvent images. What is the relationship between fashion and art?
I was born in Rome, and I’ve always been used to being surrounded by fashion billboards everywhere, on the street, on the subway, in the windows. For me, it was almost a necessity to take possession of those images and starting from them to create something new. Not necessarily better or worse but something only mine. I do not consider myself a great fan of fashion and maybe that’s why I can get out of a certain point of view and desecrate what for anyone else would be untouchable. Who is that madman who would destroy and reinvent a poster that portrays Kate Moss and Cara Delevigne?!
What is femininity for you?
My girlfriend who stands in front of the mirror. She dresses, looks herself and criticises herself. After she looks at me smiling, she changes herself and starts making up her face. She looks at herself again, sees herself beautiful … all this for me is femininity.
What does “emotion” mean to you and how important is it in the artistic process?
I think it’s fundamental. When I create I feel strong emotions, I am closed in my studio and I find myself facing a struggle between myself and what will be my work, between the abstract and the figurative, between order and chaos. When the work ended sometimes I feel inside me a fire, a very strong overwhelming, something that is difficult to describe in words. When I feel all this means that the work is over, that I’m satisfied and the fight has been won.
Who are your artistic landmarks?
I’m a whore with innumerable lovers. My first love was Egon Schiele, while the love of my life is definitely Francis Bacon but between the two there were many other lovers: Van Gogh, Modigliani, Mark Rothko, Hans Bellmer, Damien Hirst, Marlene Dumas, Lucian Freud and many many others …
What is your dream today?
I would like to get what I deserve, but you must have great dreams, so I tell you that my dream is that my works have a place in the history of art.
Your next projects?
From 12th June I will do a solo exhibition in Malta entitled “Erased Vogue”. There will be exhibited 10 works taken by some Italian and foreign Vogue. In addition to this, I am preparing for a collaboration with a make-up brand among the most famous in the world, but for good luck, I do not add anything else, I hope to be able to talk to you as soon as possible.
Photos courtesy of the artist