Banca Sistema interviews Thomas Berra

13th May 2014

Where did your passion for painting come from? Who has been your greatest influence?

My passion for art comes first of all from my family, who transmitted it to me at a very young age. I have always been fascinated by the possibility of creating images and arousing emotions. When I was a child I would spend my Saturday afternoons in the studio of the painter Aldo Pancheri. I also have to thank my father for showing me the value of art and for his constant support and advice.

What are your main sources of inspiration, past and present? Do you have a preference for a certain technique?

I admire the great maestros of the past, as well as exponents of modern and contemporary art. The great masters include Francis Bacon, Mark Rotcho, Maurizio Cattelan, Alighiero Boetti, Gino de Dominicis, David Hockney, Basquiat, Clemente, Paladino and Cucchi ... but I could mention many others. When it comes to technique, I don't favour any particular one. I think that painting and drawing are the foundations for the future development of any artist's work.

You are still young, but extremely busy. After Casabarata, do you have any other exhibitions lined up?

After this experience with Banca Sistema, I and a group of young artists and curators will be opening a gallery in Tangiers, in September. For a year, it will be hosting a series of artists from all over the world. In the meantime I am working on an editorial project, Subculture Fanzine: a collection of a hundred art books.