Bio

Ivano's muse is the modern environment, cut with roads, subdivided, walled in, electrified, covered with makeup or hidden away. This is the environment we've built for ourselves and don't always want to look at, but must, with sensitive eyes. As the sci-fi novelist Philip K. Dick (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?) explained, "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away."

At the same time, while he works hard to keep it real he doesn't want to beat you over the head with realism, naturalism, or anything else the camera can convey better than paint, either. He looks for the poetry and strange beauty in everydayness, and draws inspiration from such wide-ranging stylings as Italian neo-realism, film noir, abstract expressionism, the Ashcan School, art déco, brutalism, and Russian constructivism.

He's a sucker for middle grounds and intermediate zones where human culture and nature meet and intermix, where things get grey and hard to categorize: the "urban jungle," a graffitied wall that plant matter has grown out of and made home somehow, electrical wires buzzing through trees that have found a way to cohabitate.

We play on land, fight over it, seize it, measure, systematize, socialize, stage, gentrify, ignore, romanticize, poison, contour, tame, and make art with it. Land, and the landscape, is endlessly dramatic to Ivano.

One of his survival tactics is to try never to be bored with his art. And so mucking around with new materials and approaches is conceptually important. He paints in watercolour, ink, acrylic, aerosol, and oil. Sometimes he combines these, incorporates collage or graphite, adds earth or ash, or even uses extreme heat as a paintbrush. At other times, too much freedom overwhelms him and he goes Zen, pushing just one medium and a few colours to a point of transgression.

Beyond painting, Ivano sculpts in various industrial materials (iron, concrete, cardboard), writes fiction (these days an historical novel about a priest, courtesan, and dwarf in 16th-century Florence), translates from Italian/Spanish to English, and plays the violin very badly.

Before dedicating himself to art professionally, he was a plasterer, computer programmer, and high school teacher.

Raised in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, he currently resides with his spouse and two girls in Los Angeles.