Upsetting the shots and breaking down the rules

by Lucia Barbiero

Dino Cortiana (1972 Milan – lives and works in Ibiza).
He grew up in his parents’ art galleries, but above all, during an intense modern artistic ferment so he breathes the Metaphysics and Surrealism of…(*read Biography below)

At this time it is possible to view his works all year round on permanent display at his atelier in Playa d’En Bossa, Ibiza. Contact

Interview by Lucia Barbiero

First of all in Dino’s painting the search for bright colors is what that struck me. Followed by the signs that cut the context. Then upsetting the shots and breaking down the rules, so he gives me feelings of freedom.

At the same time, he also has darker works that equally attract later.

Between Impressionism and Expressionism, he tells us the reality in a personal and unmistakable way.
Without classifications, I look at the final product and if I like it, it means if I perceive the expression I support the project so I share it because I believe in the artistic product

What’s the meaning to paint for you?
It means giving space to a personal interpretation of reality, where the informal is a key to a conceptual interpretation depending on the moment

What role has art in your life
A fundamental role, I feel truly free only when I paint, even time ceases to exist, I am captivated by the colors and the days come to a pleasant end.

What you represented and what‘s your inspiration?
Moving to this magnificent island has considerably increased the desire to paint, I have always represented nature, this organism in perfect balance, even the historic buildings seek and live an embrace with it.

What‘s your start from, in your technique?
If you mean technique, the way in which I apply the colors, it comes from the search for materials and contrast of complementary colors. The painting that in part becomes sculpture thanks to the thickness of the material and all highlighted by complementary colors.

What are the emotions and sensations that you want to cause?
The same emotions and feelings I have felt since I have lived here, freedom and connection with nature.

So that’s why Ibiza?
Ibiza has always represented freedom of expression in general … here everyone is free to be themselves, in the way of being, in gender sexuality and I am trustful in art as well

What do you prefer: keep the moment or let your interlocutor sees details step by step and more in deep your emotions
I believe that action painting, the use of violent and complementary colors, captures the attention immediately, and then leaves spaces for details and deeper contemplation.

Who are the artists from the past that influenced you?
Except for the hyperrealism, practically everyone from the Impressionists onwards.

How do you define yourself?
I prefer to listen to how others define me.

When is right to talk about ART or better when work can be called an ARTWORK?
Expressing something new is increasingly difficult, today almost everything has been done and re-done, being able to have a pictorial personality that is not compared to other painters of the past is almost impossible or very difficult. I believe I have succeeded.

So your opinion of actually contemporary art?

Today’s artist catalyzes the creative message in the spasmodic search of materials of all kinds creating amazement. Cardboard, wire mesh, plastic, gauze, adhesive tape, practically everything. Others choose strong images, sometimes bordering on good taste in search of even negative criticism to obtain a media effect. Personally, I respect everyone as artists, but I prefer a more traditional approach to artistic expression.

How is an artwork evaluated economically?
I believe it depends on the most ancient rule of supply and demand.

What kind of music do you listen to while you paint?
New Age and Jazz

Dino Cortiana Biography (1972 Milan – lives and works in Ibiza)

He grew up in his parents’ art galleries, but above all, during an intense modern artistic ferment so he breathes the Metaphysics and Surrealism of
De Chirico, De Pisis, the Poor Art of A. Boetti, the Expressionism of Guttuso, and many other famous painters treated by his father Bruno.
He lives his adolescence in Milan and Italy in the full explosion and began to paint conditioned by new trends such as the Transavant-Garde which re-emerged traditional painting techniques at the expansive of Abstract-Conceptual Art.
Attracted by nature, which predominates in his artworks, he participates and wins at the age of 14 in various competitions for amateur artists

It will be only after 1997 at the age of 25 that Dino will begin to produce a series of works on a continuous basis, the first personal exhibitions date back to 2001 Galleria d’Arte Adda Bergamo, 2002 Galleria d’Arte Moderna Russo Milan and Castello exhibition space Sforzesco Milan, 2003 Nour Space Milan. Between 2004 and 2008 he opened his first atelier with large spaces that allowed him to produce and exhibit independently, from that period there are 22 personal exhibitions and over 200 works mostly finished in private collections.

Between 2009 and 1018 Dino travels a lot, France, Spain, South America, constantly looking for new ideas, varying, experimenting and perfecting the technique of action painting, in order to offer the public a variety of paintings each with a personal touch. of uniqueness and originality.

In 2018 Dino, after a dark period and lacking the necessary expressive enthusiasm, definitively moved to Ibiza, an island of great inspiration and personal rebirth for him.

“… here the ideas have started to flow from my mind again, the gray and empty canvases of recent years, call and invoke color.  I’m experiencing an emotional and expressive renaissance as I’ve never felt before. Thanks, Ibiza, together we will do big things.. “.