Ivano Stocco's paintings in various media explore the strange and unconventional beauty of the urban-industrial landscape and of intermediate zones where human culture and nature meet and intermix.
He draws inspiration from the "stage" close to home and accessible to most people with a little exploration, rather than from idealized spots which make it onto postcards or into lifestyle magazines.
"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away," said Philip K. Dick. Ivano is at war with the obvious and his work doesn't aim to escape reality but to make it more interesting.
Spaces that interest Ivano include laneways, ravines, underpasses, garages, storm sewers, greasy spoons, and weathered walls, with their hydro poles, wires, antennnae, billboards, and cars—stretch marks and all, though distilled, simplified, edited into poetry.
Experimentation is, in a conceptual sense, a critical part of the practice. Ivano paints in watercolour, ink, acrylic, aerosol, and oil, whichever serves best to express the thinking beneath the stylization. At times he combines these, incorporates collage or graphite, adds earth or ash, or even uses fire as a paint brush. At other times he goes purist and pushes just one medium to its breaking point.
Beyond painting, Ivano sculpts in forged and welded iron, concrete and mosaic, and wood. He also writes both fiction and non-fiction and translates from Italian, Spanish, or Catalan to English.
A former plasterer and high school teacher, Ivano has lived and worked in several countries, most recently Italy. His artwork can be found in public and private collections across North America and Europe.
Born in Guelph, Ontario, he currently resides with his spouse and their two girls in Los Angeles.