"Look at where real wealth lies in an alternative way: it depends on the context in which you want to live."
BUGA (Gabriele Buratti) was born in Milan 8/8/1964. His interest in Nature has been decisive from the beginning of his life: going through woods, wild places, underwater, on trees and along rivers, has profoundly formed him, giving him a dimension of reference to the things of life at the base. All of this initially happened following his father and grandfather since adolescence. Gabriele Buratti had a normal childhood in which he often found himself at the sea or in the mountains, places where he imagined meeting the wonderful animals he read about in books.
Gabriele Buratti graduated in architecture. He worked on illustrations for Piero Fornasetti's objects while studying at the university. In 1995 he presented his own design creations at the Salone del Mobile in Milan. He worked as an architect, graphic designer and also an architecture photographer for magazines and companies in the sector. Gabriele Buratti also photographed cats for two pet magazines. His interest in primitive peoples led him to create a line of jewelry on their symbolism and to start a path in sculpture by producing primitive forms of deer in metal casting. Always with sculpture, Gabriele Buratti worked for companies and individuals. Painting today remains his main interest, his means of living and for which Gabriele Buratti is mainly known. In 2014 with a friend, Gabriele Buratti founded “Artists for Rhino” an association that brings together artists to raise awareness of environmental problems such as that of the rhino, hunted for its horn. The events have a scientific and artistic nature in which artists participate with their works, scientists and associations that work to defend biodiversity.
Gabriele Buratti's technique is based on seeking the light by removing parts of the veil of oil paint spread on a wooden board previously painted with white wall paint. This is done using sandpaper, utility knife, steel wool. Subsequently, he intervenes with other oil and water paint (white), coloured pencils, pastels etc. His style is monochrome/bichrome, he rarely uses different colours and this is because the work is almost always the expression of his thoughts so the colour loses its importance.
Gabriele Buratti’s artwork depicts a potent force, one that speaks for itself. He does a magnificent job at mixing the components of nature with man-made objects… quietly depicting who has outlived who. His art demonstrates a raw strength that cannot only be seen, but it is inherently felt. Whatever medium he chooses to express himself with, he is able to convey an energy that is carried with passion, strength, determination and the will to live. Gabriele Buratti’s artwork stirs within us a sense of nostalgia – a longing to a deeper aspect that we know we are capable of achieving.
Q. What role does the Artist / Painter have in society?
A. The role of opening doors to new worlds, of conceiving the infinite visions of love for life and beyond life.
Q. What is your best childhood memory?
A. I have many very beautiful ones, perhaps the first time I arrived in Sardinia, a place full of mystery and harmony ...
Q. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A. I had too many interests in what I was doing and did not think about the future much.
Q. Do you remember the first art you made, what was it and how old were you?
A. I drew animals, landscapes, rivers, lakes and then racing motorcycles and very fast sailing ships, 5 - 6 years old. I won a prize from the Municipality of Milan for schools at 6 years old. My first solo show at 29.
Q. How and when did you become seriously interested in art?
A. Immediately after my degree in architecture at the age of 28.
Q. What does your art mean to express?
A. A denunciation perhaps, a reflection on the epilogue that we are experiencing as a human species on this planet Earth. I want to express what I consider to be the power of mystery: diversity through the places that each person can live, the quantity of biological species: Access to the multiplicity of different cultures and different possibilities is the condition for expressing and searching ourselves in depth, hence the condition of Liberty.
Q. What personality trait has gotten you in the most trouble?
A. The reaction in the face of abuse and bullying of others.
Q. What did you have to sacrifice for this career?
A. Having a family and secure earning of a stable position.
Q. Who are your biggest influences? Are you inspired by the work of your peers or anyone else in particular?
A. Rock graffiti, Mantegna, Leonardo, Giorgione, Caravaggio, then Sironi, Carrà, De Chirico, Zoran Music, Ansel Adams, etc.
Q. Is the artistic life lonely? What do you do to counter it?
A. Why oppose it? It is a privileged condition!
Q. Apart from your art, what do you like to do?
A. Photographing, traveling, going where Nature is still not very contaminated and listening to the howling of the wolves.
Q. What is your philosophy in matters of art?
A. Today the artist must be aware of living the reality "in which one's body moves like a work of art" by committing to show his perception through the work he produces. Therefore, it is essential to know how to deal with the material by impressing it with the unique verb of one's own vision as an artist in his thought.
Q. What does "success" mean to you?
A. Seeing people who deeply understand the message my works want to contain.
Q. What are the greatest things you have learned in life so far?
A. Recognize human persons and that there are no good powers. That thought creates matter.
Q. What is the best advice you have been given and by whom?
A. "Always think with your head" the who I cannot reveal ...
Q. What advice would you give to the next generation?
A. To look at where real wealth lies in an alternative way: it depends on the context in which you want to live.