by Anne Jano
Carlo Polidoro Lopez is a 38-year-old fine arts student at Concordia University in Montreal who is already making waves in the art world. His early successes include being exhibited by art consultant Michel Giraud and participating in the Art Matters Festival in partnership with Art Souterrain. In addition, he is preparing an exhibition with New York City emerging artist Razan Al Sarraf. Panoram Italia met with Polidoro Lopez to discuss his process, inspiration and evolution as an artist. Thanks to his Italian-Canadian and Ecuadorian background, he has a unique way of approaching his art.
Why did you decide to become an artist?
Actually, I was studying at Dawson College in another field and during an art class I was taking, my teacher noticed something special in my work. Ultimately, I enrolled in the school’s art program. Then I decided to pursue my studies at Concordia University in the fine arts program. I am in my third year now, with one more left to go, and I’m very happy that I chose this path. I feel as though the path was chosen for me as opposed to it being something that I always wanted to do. I followed my intuition in my decision-making process.
How has your work evolved as an artist?
I used to be a guitar player so I always enjoyed creating. Today, I focus on visual arts, but my pieces are steadily evolving. I recently built my first sculpture and even my first installation. I am inspired by my daily life; it’s a combination of the people in my life, my family, my friends, being in Montreal and, of course, my own personality and culture. I listen to my instincts when it comes to my artwork. The famous artist Jean-Michel Basquiat used to say the same thing, and I can relate to him.
What is your studio work process like?
I enjoy working on many pieces at the same time. Sometimes, it takes time for me to find the right element to complete a piece. In contrast, an item can be in my studio for a while before I decide to include it in one of my artworks. People in my life have given me many objects, and it’s nice to be able to include these in my work. It gives a personal touch.
How have your cultural roots inspired you?
Well, since my mother is Italian and my father is from Ecuador, I have both influences in my life. From my Italian side, I remember that my nonna used to always give me a gift after our visits. It could be anything—from money to food or just something lying around that could be helpful. It was a small gesture of kindness. It touched me, and now I do it too. Of course, my mother and her whole family have influenced who I am today in many other ways as well. I am proud to say that I am Italian, Ecuadorian and Canadian.
What advice do you have for aspiring artists?
First of all, I want to say that I love to share advice when I can and help others, including my peers, to achieve their goals. One of the most significant tools that I enjoy using is social media. I especially like to use LinkedIn and Instagram, but many platforms help me reach out to qualified people in the art industry that could help promote my work and push my career forward.