Francesco Manetti: “A Form of Spiritual Exercise”

Artist name: Francesco Manetti

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We are honored to share Francesco Manetti’s artwork; it is is thoughtful, narrative, and beautifully executed. He invites us into a variety of stories and landscapes where reality and dreams merge in balanced, lovely scenes. With both vibrant and muted tones he builds worlds within words, blending surrealism, whimsy, melancholy, and a full range of heartfelt emotions. Please enjoy his beautiful, insightful answers to the 5 Questions below as well.

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5 Questions for the Artist:

1. What is art to you?

A way to nourish the soul. Your own soul and the ones of the others. A sublime form of expression that lets speak the unconscious and that can communicate very profound concepts more effectively than a thousand endless words. I would say even a channel that let’s gush pure freedom, in a world full of constraints, obligations and restrictions, often invisible but very present. Art is also healing, a powerful tool that can generate reconciliation, understanding, which can succeed in touching the deepest chords in us, generating emotions. Essentially I think that art is a form of spiritual exercise, which puts us in touch with the beauty and which can illuminate and enlighten us, helping us to bring out the best sides of human beings.

2. What did you make in the past, and why?

I’ve always tried to have the most possible experiences, and the most different as possible from each other; always trying to listen to myself and walk towards notes and colors with which to resonate. I believe that life is a growth and research path, where one feels naturally driven by curiosity toward what we often call truth. It can not be observed and searched through a single, rigid point of view. The experiences and the things we can do represent for me all this; they are different ways to observe and research, both internally and externally. And in this art has always played for me a focal point: anything I’ve done in the past, it has always been characterized by an approach, I would say, poetic. Figurative art, Biodynamic agriculture and vegan nutrition, art pervades everything and it is what I have always tried to follow.

3. What are you making now, and why?

I am currently working to renew my figurative style. This is because I believe it is important to “die and be reborn” with continuity in order to evolve. So I try to give up what  does not represent me any longer, keeping only what is essential for the next step. It is not easy, but it is important to try to do it. In parallel I am also studying vegan diets, because I have made specific ethical choices, and I’m studying how to develop a parallel project in this field. Nature is the most marvelous art form, pure love. And why not, maybe to combine these two forms of language? I try to speak different languages, in order to improve and try to do something good, positive, helpful. This is what I am mainly trying to do right now … not easy, but let’s try 🙂

4. What are your hopes for the future?

The balance. Both personal and global. It is under the eyes of all of us how the era that we live in is permeated with enormous difficulties, contradictions, suffering, and destruction. So I hope that there will be a significant change in society, in fact now global, and that we can peacefully flow into a new form of coexistence, where there is no more discord, but rather a constant, ever-changing, dynamic balance. And the art in this will be able do a lot. Creativity is at the service of the change. It will be sufficient to understand that art is everything. Life is art. So why continue to destroy, when with creativity we can build something wonderful for everyone? Art and creativity as socially / politically horizontal management tools for sharing decisions? And why not, this might be another hope for the future!

5. What else would you like to say?

I think that art should be more central to our lives, starting from our education since an early age. If we allow human beings to express themselves from the beginning, without repressing and without inculcating prepackaged indoctrination, I think the world we live in would be much nicer than it is today. Not that it is not, but until now much stupidity of the many and greed of the few has reigned sovereign and the result does not seem the best. The art instead reflects poetry and the elevational potential that every human being is able to reach. I sincerely hope that art will come back to the center of our lives, applied in many different forms. The important thing is, and will be, to keep to the center the concept of beauty. Beauty will save us from ourselves. I am sure!

Artist Supplied Background:

Francesco Manetti was born in 1982 in Livorno, a small seaside town on the mediterranean coast in Tuscany, Italy. He has always loved art, especially painting and drawing. In 2010 he graduated in Visual Arts, with a specialization in illustration for children and young adults, at the  ABAC Academy of Fine Arts in Carrara, Tuscany, Italy. After graduation, he started working as a professional illustrator, collaborating with publishers for the creation and publication of illustrated books. Currently he has published four books with the Indian publisher Karadi Tales (http://www.karaditales.com/) and a picture book with the Italian publisher Sillabe (http://www.sillabe.it/en/).

View more of Francesco Manetti‘s wok on Behance or email him.

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