Claudio Parentela

city
Catanzaro (Italy)
birth
1962

Born in Catanzaro (1962-Italy) where he lives and works Claudio Parentela is an illustrator, painter, photographer, mail artist, cartoonist, collagist, free lance journalist... Active since many years in the international contemporary art scene. Totally and proudly self taught. He has collaborated and he collaborates with many magazines of contemporary art, literary and of comics in Italy and in the world... His obscure and crazy artworks are present and shown in many art galleries in the endless web and in the real world too. He loves tarots, weird high&low fashion, extreme obscure experimental photography, underground comics. “Switching to photography was necessary, inevitable, consequent, vital... The photography is an ancient and never faded love... My father loved photography. I pursue my art and my art follows me, mixing each other in infinite and never finished ways. All in all and even more. I like the unfinished, the incomplete, which creates doubts and makes you think and creates dismay and leaves you in doubt and gives you joy. I love the contrasts, the knots of the soul, I like to melt them and to knot them and then dissolve them again and again... For 15 years I only painted in black and white... with rivers of black Indian ink... I love the black indian ink... I love the many shades between white and black... They are like the shades of the soul. I love to photograph mine and your emotions, the strong, tender, sweet, haunting, twisted emotions. I love to photograph my installations and my collages. Confuse them and combine them into the lens, hiding them between the lens, transform them and mix them into a thousand new and unknown ways. I love to experiment with everything I have on hand, with everything that happens to me, that I see, that  I hear, that I feel. The photography gives me endless opportunities to express myself and to expand my research, opening doors that I did not know and that materialize themselves in  the lens at that precise moment. In my works/photos/mixed media there are Sai Baba and Aurobindo, my beloved Tarots, Shirley Horn and Patty Waters, Nina Simone and Diamanda Galas and Sarah Vaughan, Throbbing Gristle and Can, Peter Green and Miles Davis, Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Walter van Beirendonck, Robert Crumb, Bruce LaBruce, Harmony Korine, Genesis P-Orridge, Vaginal Davis… I love the black and the white and the colors, and the steps from one to another... gray, purple, deep blue. I like to dirty my photos with others, with everything, to color them, to dye them, to  darken them, to light them… to turn them into something else that is not photography, that is not collage, that I don’t know, and that  I do not want to know. With the photography I open always new, unpredictable and unknown doors.”

work

Painting 104

Painting 104

€ 2863,-
Painting 864

Painting 864

€ 1200,-
Painting 1224

Painting 1224

€ 1200,-
Painting 1376

Painting 1376

€ 1200,-
Painting 1807

Painting 1807

€ 1200,-
Painting 465

Painting 465

€ 1200,-
Paining 117

Paining 117

€ 2863,-