ACME ArtBOARD #7: Daniele Boi
ACME ArtBOARD is a column created to bring the public closer and provide a new approach to contemporary art, involving young and emerging artists who, by telling each other about themselves, reveal their personal way of being Artists.
The medium used is a moodboard, a series of images joined together as in a collage that show in a visual format a project and all the elements related to it, anticipated by a short interview.
The artists have made themselves known starting from their studies and arriving to their future aspirations, creating a composition in which their creative ideas, the materials related to them and the tools of doing are shown. Each artist interprets the moodboard in an original and unique way, providing the reader with new scenarios useful to understand the meaning of being an Artist at 360 degrees.
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This year’s third appointment is with Daniele Boi.
ACME – What motivated you and why to start your studies/career as an artist?
DB – I think I’ve always wanted to do something creative, since I was a kid I was doodling and drawing all over the place. I’ve never been good with words and this was my way of expressing everything.
When I arrived in Brescia at the Art School Olivieri, pushed by the professors who saw in my drawings a strong chiaroscuro, I began to model clay. During the years of high school I chose to continue my artistic studies remaining in the city and enrolling in Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts SantaGiulia. I specialized in Monumental Public Sculpture. During my academic career, there were many practical workshops and opportunities to experiment with new materials. In particular, the courses held by my two masters, Pietro Ricci and Agostino Ghilardi, were fundamental to approach clay and marble, learning their techniques and main characteristics, and then testing myself with personal artworks.
The path I have chosen to take, following my aptitudes and personal tastes, has matured over time, as well as the characteristic of persevering despite the obstacles; the academic training and the support of the people who shared and still share my path are important both for the push to go further in my artistic research and for the construction of my person. Expressing myself through art is fundamental, I believe I will never stop.
ACME – What are your aspirations for the future?
DB – The main expectation for the future is definitely to continue the path I started, with the prospect of not stopping even in front of different types of possibilities, to have the necessary impetus to try to take a risk and experiment with new proposals.
For the moodboard I selected nine images representing some of the elements that present part of my person, what I love to do and where I take inspiration from. In these nine images, displayed in quadrilateral form, we find some of the places that are precious to me and that are part of my life and my artistic career: shapes and signs that can be traced back to local history, origin and archaic symbolism. Moreover, the details of some of my artworks are included, culminating with the image of my hand, placed in the center of the composition.
Starting from the beginning, at the top left, we observe the archaeological site “Su Nuraxi” of Barumini (SU), one of the most important archaeological testimonies of Sardinia, close to the birthplace of my father, a land known and explored since I was a child and that, growing up, has attracted my curiosity more and more, pushing me to deepen some aspects of the Nuragic civilization; the Cava delle Cervaiole del Monte Altissimo in Seravezza (LU), a place I visited during the period of my artistic studies, one of the many quarries where white marble is extracted which, since the Renaissance, has accompanied the artistic expression of many sculptors; the Oglio River seen from Pontoglio (BS), the town where I live and which takes its name from the river that crosses it, a destination for walks in its park and along its banks to rebalance body, mind and thoughts.
In the central row, starting from the left, a detail of the artwork “Ala” where you can perceive a fluid figure, in which emerges an idea of movement and contrast between the worked surface and the rough one; the image of my hand grasping a tool, the medium that moves and from which everything is born and in the end everything comes back; a relief of Pagherina in Valle Camonica, a place I appreciate a lot in Valle Camonica both for the natural areas to explore and in which to get lost and for the main prehistoric testimonies present on this territory in the archaeological sites such as the Rock Engravings.
In the final line, the first one on the left represents a mask of the Mamuthones, typical of the Sardinian carnival, usually linked to processions that can be traced back to ancient rituals, protagonists of a millenary tradition that is still alive today and is very much felt in particular for the binomial man-nature. In the last two photos are immortalized two details of my artworks called “Forma” and “Metamorfosi”. In “Forma”, a granite column, we can see the repetition of full and empty spaces highlighted by cuts that horizontally mark the irregular surface, like the passage of time. In Metamorphosis, we catch a glimpse of one of the three profiles emerging from the material block, in its primordial form.
Daniele Boi is born in Brescia on August 19, 1989, he lives and works in Pontoglio (BS).Since he was a teenager he follows his passion for art attending the Art School “Maffeo Olivieri” in Brescia where in 2008 he received the Diploma of Master of Art. He continues his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts SantaGiulia in Brescia and in 2015 he graduated specializing in Monumental Public Sculpture. Since 2018 he has taught as a professor of Art and Image in Middle School. At the same time, he becomes a volunteer at the social cooperative “La Nuova Cordata” in Iseo (BS) where he organizes and realizes artistic workshops.
He uses stone as the main element of his artistic research.
He collaborates in many projects on the national territory, permanently placing artworks in public and private locations in Brescia, Bergamo, Venice and Palau.
Over the years he participated in national competitions and symposia, exhibiting his works in various contexts of artistic and cultural importance.