As an urban art centre, Fluctuart takes you to meet the artists in order to better understand their creative process. Meet Andrea Ravo Mattoni today.

Can you remind us who you are and your artistic practice?

My name is Andrea Mattoni aka Ravo.

I am an Italian/Swiss artist, born in Varese on April 7, 1981 and I paint with spray paint.

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What is your background, how did you start creating?

I started as a writer in 1995, in 2000 I left graffiti and enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera in Milan where I learned the technique of oil and acrylic.

In 2003 we founded The Bag Artfactory with other artist friends in the Bovisa district of Milan, becoming a magnet for many artists.

Afterwards I collaborated with various galleries and started to experiment the techniques learned at the academy, also painting on walls.

In your daily work as an artist, what inspires you? What is the trigger for the creation of a work?

My true inspiration was born in 2016 from a project entitled “the recovery of classicism in the contemporary”.

I began to reproduce on large walls, visible to all, the paintings of classical art.

The idea is to bring the great painters of the past directly into the street, giving the viewer the opportunity to rediscover some of the works usually kept in museums.

Can you explain to us how you build a work? What are the different stages of creation?

First of all, I choose to paint on a wall a painter linked to the territory or the tradition of the place.

The technique used to reproduce the works is the same as the one used in Antiquity. I always start from the writing of a brown background colour which helps the depth and the realization of the tints.

To begin with I make a grid and then the spray drawing, once the preparatory drawing is finished I begin the colouring of the work. At the end of the work I often apply a transparent anti-UV varnish so that the work lasts as long as possible.

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