Interview with PEETA “The 3D Graffiti Master”
Hi PEETA. It’s a great pleasure to meet you. Is there a story behind PEETA?
It just come from a nickname I had in school which was Pita and then I’ve turned it into Peeta just to make it more appealing from the graphic point of view.
Where are you originally from?
I am originally from a small town in the countryside, 50 km from Venice (IT).
Where was your first mural? Is it still available to see today?
My first piece was Pita in block letters. The wall were I’ve painted it was in my hometown and became my hall of fame for a while so I’ve covered it so many times, anyway the building has now been demolished so the piece doesn’t exist anymore.
When/Why did you start putting your art onto walls?
I made my first piece in 1993. I got captured by the hall of fame in Barcelona when I went there with my mum as a kid and then I started recognizing graffiti pieces in the train-lines while I was going to visit my father in Trieste and I’ve started taking pictures in order to understand how those were made and just tried to reproduce them.
Do you paint with spray cans or do you use any other techniques or media?
I used to. Now I use acrylic paint, brushes and rolls also because the dimensions of my murals has grown significantly but also as I am using new techniques to develop lights and shadows and so on. I paint also on canvas and I initially used airbrush which was similar to sprays. Then I started using acrylics with brushed and now I use oil paint.
Where do you get your inspiration?
Mostly, by what surrounds me. My big aim when I paint is to mingle with the surrounding context so I try to understand it from so many points of view (architectural, natural, cultural, social) and to reproduce them through different characteristics of my pieces.
Which of your artworks are you most proud of (And where can we find them)?
I think the wall I made for Draw the Line Festival in Campobasso in 2016. It is still nowadays one of more effective anamorphic experiment and the one I like the most for what concerns colors, shapes and other aesthetic features.
Have you collaborated with other artists? Do you have any artists you would like to collaborate with ?
During last years I have mostly collaborated with Joys, one of my oldest crew mate and with Cinta Vidal which was one of my most stimulating ambition as an artist. Nowadays I think I would be more interested in collaborating with a sculptor or an architect rather than an artist. I’d like to enter a new dialogue and to explore new disciplines and how I could interact with them.
Is there a dream place worldwide where you would like to create an artwork?
Do you have any exhibitions or upcoming art festivals?
I am currently in China for two months doing an artistic residency.
Also, I am finally working with some Italian galleries, after so many years I have been mostly focusing on the foreign market and, well, I am planning a lot of large mural pieces for the Summer. The first one I can confirm will be during a festival in July in Lodz (Poland) and a lot more to come.
Thank’s a lot . Would you like to add anything else for Streetart360 readers?
No, thank you, have a great day!
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photos by PEETA