From his first steps, Riccardo Gatti approaches life as a lively, energetic, and rebellious child fighting against the rules. With time, his exuberant nature then morphed into need for art. An art that could create breaking and transcending norms; an art that permeates his very own identity through the materials he works with.
Growing up and breathing with this awareness, he enrolled in an art school. It is a period of his life in which he realized the need for greater attention to the imagination, the internal world, and the particularity of every human being in creating his own art. All aspects that Riccardo sees are very distant from the experience of a high school.
NATURE AT THE CENTER OF EVERYTHING
It was during his studies as a university student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice that Gatti discovered the inner richness from which art draws upon. Riccardo remembers those years as “It was as if I had a fire inside, a need to live at the source of creativity, in which I discovered myself.” Through aesthetic forms, emotional experiences, incessant research, accompanied by the support of expert guides, a part of Riccardo Gatti dies in himself and to be reborn as an artist. From that moment on, he remained faithful to the achieved awareness, maintaining an incessant curiosity towards himself, and the ability to produce new forms.
Riccardo Gatti’s art thus becomes a direct bridge with the creative unconscious, in which the
individual cancels himself out in the process::
“I don't want to imitate, but I want to be nature that creates new forms”
This process takes place without a specific rational objective, in which the artist makes his creative experience a vital necessity: “like a volcano that continuously gives birth to things: it is not me who chooses, it is something that simply happens. A push to follow my nature. If I did not create, I would be an animal that has wings to fly but does not want to. It is nothing more than my nature.” It violently appears in the eyes of the observer how the creative impulse is a transmutation of one’s war into matter, for the pleasure of winning or losing: “being art and bringing it into the world sometimes throws you into the void. But whether you win or you lose, art is your faithful companion for life.