Observation, direct experience, artistic practice for meeting and sharing knowledge
Convinced of the social and communicative character of art, Stefano Zago participates in collective workshops, in the worldwide network of Urban Sketchers, draws social and political events on the spot in order to create reports with comics about them and collaborates with artists’ associations in France and Italy.
After personal and collective exhibitions in Paris, Belgium and Italy, he uses the internet and social networks as a means of communication. He currently maintains his desire to share knowledge by running online courses/lectures, in Italian and French, on the history of art associated with the practice of drawing, learning perspective, comics and creative expression activities in general.
Passionate about the languages and history of art, an assiduous visitor to art cities, museums and exhibitions, the artist practices drawing in the form of quick and essential sketches, photography and mixed techniques that bring together painting (gouache, acrylic, oil), collage, the manipulation of materials and the assembly of objects. The use of found and recycled materials responds not only to an ecological sensitivity, which is nevertheless present, but also to an emotional and tactile search for the life hidden in the material.
In open dialogue with the observer of the work as an active interlocutor, the artist shows us that the idea of a subject looking and an object being observed is an illusion.
What do we do when we observe a work of art? We let ourselves be guided by the artist’s vision. The way of seeing becomes plural and kaleidoscopic.
Through observation and representation of the world around us and a thorough analytical study of art history and theory, the artist reveals and highlights meanings and elements that may escape the distracted eye, uncovers traces and symbols and produces new and unexpected meanings. His work on the physiological and cultural systems of perception, close to archaeology, proposes a meditation on our different ways of observing the world around us and the way in which art can represent it.