Q & A with Spotlight Artist Fernanda Frangetto

1. What first inspired you to pursue art as a career?

What first inspired me to pursue an art career was the fact that I began to familiarize with the arts from my earliest childhood, from the time I lived in Paris. Visiting The Louvre was the starting point! Back in Brazil, I have visited the São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP) that I spent far too long observing Amedeo Modigliani's long neck paintings. A month later, I drew a character, the Tringus, which has been the basis of the sculptural organic shell shapes I create.

2. How do you know when a piece is finished? 

I know when the piece is finished after analyzing the aesthetic tension between the nucleus and the lines of a sculpture until finding the balance of its volume and its spatial surface. 

3. Is there an artwork you are most proud of creating? If so, why?

Yes, there is one artwork I am most proud of creating. It is one of my first great Wave Series. This sculpture won an award for the best traditional art context in Brazil- The Salão BUNKYO - Brazilian Society of Japanese Culture - 1st Place (Big Golden Prize) Untitled, 1998/99 aluminum, 21 x 26 x 15 in. BUNKYO Permanent Collection. The prize also included a trip to Japan.  Before the award day, the art juries thought that the sculpture was created by a male artist because of its impressive shape; they were surprised when they found out that I had made it. I am so proud that Untitled has achieved strong resistance results when I sculpted using such a delicate raw material, beeswax. I can say that I have "frozen" a wave! 

4. What does a regular workday look like for you?

It represents my intrinsic necessity of creating singular artworks to contribute for the public awareness of finding solutions for many contemporary, social, environmental, political, economic, and spiritual issues. A band of light and hope to humanity and earth through art. 

5. Which artists or artworks are you most influenced by? 

Pablo Picasso, Amedeo Modigliani, Henri Matisse, Mark Rothko, Brancusi, Marino Marine, Henry Moore, Max Ernest, Eduardo Chilida, and the architect Frank Gehry have endless influenced my artwork.