My name is
Vincenzo Mancini, someone calls me Vicio, and I was born in Italy, among
the green hills of Southern Lazio in 1973.
I grew up in a delightful little hill town.
Closed to my home there was the cemetery, the smokestacks of a
refinery and one of the most polluted rivers in Europe. My childhood was
Internet did not exist yet (this matter makes me feel old and
somehow links me to ancient Egyptians) and the square objects with many
pages inside were my only friends… I think they were called books or
In the early Nineties I moved (I ran) to Rome to attend the
college. There I got my degree in Psychology.
I have never attended an art school, but I know the anatomy of the human
body, painting techniques, history of art. In other words, I am an
I began painting using oils; I am currently using acrylics since
these colors allow giving a rhythm to my work; with these colors you
need to be fast.
In my opinion, painting should be done straight off and quickly,
as quick as a shot.
In my experience painting is done automatically, hands must work
alone without the involvement of brain; a work should be performed in
6-8 hours, a maximum of two working sessions.
The ideal is to create at the drawing board, without proofs. If I
am not at home, I do a free hand sketch, just not to forget an idea that
Thinking too much about a work is the worst thing that can happen
In my painting, I want to minimize the role of different
techniques, I want to focus on the content of the message. I want to be
as pure as a child, immediate as a primitive man.
Sometimes I like to confuse the viewer, other times I want to stimulate
Usually I want to show what is inside man, his inner dimension. Other
times I am interested in the representation of those processes which are
the opposite of structures.
For example, you can paint the same river in different ways, using many
different techniques. But I want painting what water feels flowing into
its bed; in this view, technique is a sort of contamination. In this
view I feel technique as a distortion of the primitive nature of the
process, as a filter of consciousness.
In my opinion, harmony is a feature of classical painting, typical of an
age when photography was not invented yet. Harmony is a matter of
mathematical proportions: in fact you can create harmony by Photoshop.
Now a day, harmony is available to everybody and thus I do not feel it
an attractive target.
In other words, harmony is to me a technical correction made by
Disharmony arises from uniqueness and therefore is the source of
my inspiration. For this reason, I call my artwork 'Disharmonic
My creative process is focused on the way linking my individual
perception of the World and the contents of the collective unconscious.
I want to represent life as it is, always different and never equal to
I believe this is the only way to represent human spirituality without
cunning, I desire painting an incessant flow, as James Joyce theorized
in the Literature.
Consciousness has a theory of shape and color; some painters were
born to represent this side of consciousness. Not me. I represent a
hidden side of objects, a side where there are no rules. I paint
subjects in which arbitrary opposite tendencies coexist together. The
moon is an excellent metaphor for my artistic idea. It has one side lit
by the sun visible to everybody but it also has an obscure dark side.
Painting this obscurity is for me the door to our 'Disharmonic world'.
The most important is to be not taken too seriously... Bye, bye …
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