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Artist Interview: Stefano Ronchi

Although Italian artist Stefano Ronchi prefers seclusion, we crack open the shell and discuss the details behind his surrealistic work. With a magnifying glass and his appreciation for the masters, he twists childhood memories into densely populated micro-environments. He graduated with formal training in the arts and now spends his "free time" researching methods to introduce the realism of Rembrandt or Caravaggio into the surrealism of his own work. He recently brought his toolkit to London and now that he's settled, we talk about everything from weird commission requests to a truly wide array of inspirations - from Salvador Dali to Grand Theft Auto.

When did you start exploring highly detailed work?

I started when I studied visual arts at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera - in Milan, Italy. My degree was in engraving and etching and sometimes we would use a lens - a magnifying glass. Using a lens was the consequence of my love for details.

Artist Interview: Stefano Ronchi

There's some history behind your magnifying glass.

Yes. One day, a friend said "Wow, your work is like a young Agostino Arrivabene. Agostino is one of the best painters in Italy and my friend knows him. So he said, "Get to know him." I went to Agostino house and spoke with him. He said, "Try this," and he gave me his lens. Now, I write to him and he gives me a lot tips and tricks. It's possible to create this kind of relationship with contemporary masters.

Artist Interview: Stefano Ronchi

Artist Interview: Stefano Ronchi

Favorite mediums?

I'e been using acrylic paint for three or four years now. But before I used pencil - only pencil. I was studying my drawing potential. Leonardo DaVinci tells us that it is important to first be a great drawer. With that skill, you learn easier ways to be a painter.

Artist Interview: Stefano Ronchi

Artist Interview: Stefano Ronchi

Artist Interview: Stefano Ronchi

Any thoughts on digital mediums?

I can't deny modern or contemporary mediums. I love digital art and I like using Photoshop and Illustrator, but I think you lose something. You gain something, but you lose something. I love real paint because there's a relationship between material and the painter. You can simulate water color, acrylics or drawing, but it's not the same.

You've mentioned Dali and Bosch as major influences. What have you learned about their personalities that the average person wouldn't pick up on?

Basically, they had the ability to look at reality and catch the small things that people often did not see. The expressions. The essential details. They modified reality based on their own set of elaborate rules and loved placing the small and normal things into those realities. Sometimes the normal things inside their modified realities conflicted with each other.

Artist Interview: Stefano Ronchi

What sort of modern day influences do you surround yourself with?

I always have something in background. A lot of music. Korn is one of my favorites. If not music, documentaries. Any kind at any hour of the day or night. Also, I love video games - like Skyrim. You can to the mountains, to a city and maybe go out to a lake. You can go everywhere. Same with GTA - it's an open world.

With such detail, there's so much for a viewer to experience. Is this for others to explore or for you to work something out?

Maybe it's something like masturbation. When I draw, I feel good. But I do also want people to explore my work.

Artist Interview: Stefano Ronchi

What's the weirdest request on a commission piece?

This one guy wants a portrait of wife as the wife of Dracula - after she murdered him. The death of Dracula being funny, but it was his wife who was the murderer. This guy also always wants a Pacman somewhere. In this piece too.

Artist Interview: Stefano Ronchi

Another one - a woman wanted me to add a lot of things into her painting - pyramids, a balloon, mountains and more but she said "I don't want any gnomes. No gnomes." So I wrote down "no gnomi" in the piece. And I titled the piece No Gnomi.

Artist Interview: Stefano Ronchi

Artist Interview: Stefano Ronchi

Words to live by?

Impara l'arte e mettila da parte. It means to always be learning something because sooner or later that skill will be useful to you. The same applies to art. [direct translation: Learn an art and lay it aside.]

Artist Interview: Stefano Ronchi

Artist Interview: Stefano Ronchi

Artist Interview: Stefano Ronchi

Thank you to our amazing translator, Helenora.

All images courtesy of artist.

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Alaskan Momma Bear commented on Thursday, April 2, 2015 5:42pm
WOW!! What a magnificent artist! His details are so elaborate! He is truly an inspiration!! :)
Brown Eyed Lady commented on Thursday, April 2, 2015 8:46pm
Cool
Diego Tirigall commented on Friday, April 3, 2015 12:43pm
Awesome!
bri.buckley commented on Saturday, April 4, 2015 7:52am
Wonderful gifted works
Timone commented on Saturday, April 4, 2015 11:47am
I can see here great and hard work. And remember me a painter that I love, Bosch. It's great to get lost time and time in these paintings.
Stefano Ronchi commented on Saturday, April 4, 2015 1:29pm
Thank you Ben, thank you guys :)
Ben Geiger commented on Sunday, April 5, 2015 1:14am
stunning work!!!
KrisLeov commented on Monday, April 6, 2015 2:41am
you are sick man :) :)
Geryes commented on Monday, April 6, 2015 8:28am
DopE!
Claire Doherty commented on Monday, April 6, 2015 11:50am
What a great read, very inspiring! Such imagination..
anipani commented on Monday, April 6, 2015 12:14pm
Such fabulousness!
Alexandra Davidoff commented on Monday, April 6, 2015 12:49pm
Absolutely awesome work!!!!
Louisa Catharine Art And Patte… commented on Monday, April 6, 2015 4:35pm
Wonderfully exceptional in every way and even better, he studied in an area of Milano I spent many years in. Amazing work!
Saundra Myles commented on Monday, April 6, 2015 10:22pm
wonderful!
Victoria Herrera commented on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 9:21am
Amazing work!!!
Home Art & Beyond commented on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 10:45pm
Incredible work! I'm speechless
Je Suis un Lapin commented on Thursday, April 9, 2015 10:08am
Divine work! What a gift!
Quellasenzanick commented on Thursday, April 9, 2015 10:16am
Stunning work!
Vermont Greetings commented on Thursday, April 9, 2015 10:28am
cool interview, thanks!
One Liner Artwork commented on Thursday, April 9, 2015 1:13pm
beautiful stuff. i really enjoy these artist interviews.
zoolue commented on Thursday, April 9, 2015 3:38pm
fantastico! very special wonderful world!
Just Kidding commented on Thursday, April 9, 2015 3:49pm
I'm so very impressed. Stunning work!
ajd.abelita commented on Thursday, April 9, 2015 3:56pm
Your work is sooooo dope!
SHQIPE commented on Thursday, April 9, 2015 7:04pm
Really beautiful work!
Fiorella Modolo commented on Sunday, April 12, 2015 12:27pm
Quite an impressive interview and gosh, beautiful work!
jbjart commented on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 3:57am
amazing arts
Plus Josh commented on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 7:00am
the details are. Wow. I can't. Your works look amazing!
Solveig Noll commented on Friday, April 17, 2015 8:13am
so inspiring! beautiful work
Angelo Cerantola commented on Saturday, April 18, 2015 4:33am
Complimenti per le bellissime creazioni!
IsmaelDesign commented on Saturday, April 18, 2015 11:30am
An incredible talent. You're creating artwork for the best museums in the world. Sincerely!
letsdothis commented on Monday, April 20, 2015 12:27pm
Wow
logoloco commented on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 9:54am
Stunning and peculiar style. He reminds me of Dalì, Magritte, and De Chirico's Metaphysical Painting! Congrats... complimenti!
Stefano Ronchi commented on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 10:57am
Thank you all :)
Gyles Jenkins commented on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 12:27pm
Bloody nora (that's Scots for absolutely amazing!!!!!) x
dBranes commented on Saturday, April 25, 2015 11:07am
Great detail and such depth. Excellent work.
Dr. Lukas Brezak commented on Monday, April 27, 2015 6:16am
Fantastico! ( - . - ")
Pia Schneider [atelier COLOUR-… commented on Saturday, May 2, 2015 2:30pm
Awesome art work! Great artist!
Obvious Warrior commented on Thursday, May 7, 2015 8:11am
Outstanding work. Deepest respect.
Cari Clavijo commented on Sunday, May 24, 2015 5:56am
Yeah... that's really impressively
Dom.K commented on Monday, July 20, 2015 11:51pm
very good work... I soon hope to see it in a Parisian gallery
Justin Gedak commented on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 8:05pm
Such an absolutely amazing artist!
uunn___ commented on Friday, January 29, 2016 3:04pm
meng inspirasi saya
my first palette commented on Friday, February 12, 2016 7:57pm
Impressive works
Stefano Ronchi commented on Saturday, March 19, 2016 4:57am
Thanks :)
Praverb's Wisdom Cafe commented on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 3:50pm
Creepy but cool! Nice work!
Laura Morku commented on Thursday, June 16, 2016 1:33pm
Amazing style, breathtaking artwork!
labeebkhasawneh commented on Sunday, July 17, 2016 1:32am
Amazing, very useful tbh
Anna Takacs commented on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 8:45am
Excellent work!
Articode commented on Friday, October 14, 2016 11:28am
Impressive!!
SpaceFrogDesigns commented on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 4:33pm
Wow an absolutely brilliant artist!!!!

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