I've always been a big fan of art, painting, and drawing. A sculpture or a painting are in my view the highest expressions of an artist's talent and the manifestation of his imagination. They are immortal masterpieces that are here to stay forever and to be admired and studied by generations of enthusiasts around the world.
I fell in love with art as a child when I had fun colouring books illustrated with reproductions of famous paintings from artisans of the history and continued to cultivate this passion into adulthood even though I never studied art formally. Creating a work of art requires time, talent, creativity and a great emotional investment by the artist, who must be capable of imparting his thoughts in his work but also be able to make them understandable. Art must reach everyone, not be limited to a narrow elite of alleged intellectuals.
Think about the "Mona Lisa" by Leonardo Da Vinci, an immortal masterpiece, its colours, the delicacy of the drawing and her enigmatic smile. That picture can communicate more feelings than a book of 1,000 pages. Herein lies the great power of art – it is personal. Each one of us experiences different sensations in front of a painting since each work can solicit various aspects of the personality.
Many people do not feel anything when looking at the "Guernica" by Pablo Picasso but they can become excited by the designs of Jiro Taniguchi or "Tex" with Magnus drawings or vice versa. The same concept can be applied to music, sculpture and to all the forms of entertainment as well as products we use each day and on special occasions.
They are also very interested in the lives of great artists, who often are worthy of the best adventure novels. For example, the life of Caravaggio, constantly hovering between genius and madness, the challenge that faced Michelangelo in painting the Sistine Chapel and to sculpt the David. In more recent times the tormented life of Vincent Van Gogh, or the genius of Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso. And even the absolute talent of Andrea Pazienza or the dark despair of the Crow by James O'Barr.
I recommend that everyone visits Italy, the country that most of all is full of art; and great cuisine. The Tower of Pisa, the Colosseum, Venice, the Marble Cave of Carrara, the Dome of Milan, the city of Florence. The list is endless and only by going around the country you be able to truly understand the beauties of the territory.
These are just a few of the words expressing my love for art. I hope to have inspired all at least some of you to explore more of these immortal masterpieces of mankind.