Artist in Res­i­dence

Com­fort­ably or­gan­ised This artist re­veals that his studio is the place where he wants to spend time, not just work

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Giuseppe “Peppe” Cris­tiano re­veals that his studio is the place where he wants to spend time, not just work.

I’m Ital­ian and as a young adult I left Italy to find work and try some­thing dif­fer­ent. I suc­ceeded, and for the next 25 years I worked and lived in Europe and the US. Mostly I’ve lived in Stock­holm, Swe­den. I re­cently moved to a new house with my wife and kid.

I’ve taken over a cou­ple of rooms on the ground floor as my studio. It’s im­por­tant for me to have space. In the main room where I sit and work I have ev­ery­thing I need to sur­vive long, ex­ten­sive cre­ative ses­sions. In front of my desk there’s a TV with dif­fer­ent kind of play-back de­vices, even a VHS player. When I’m not in a meet­ing I can watch some­thing while I work.

In a cor­ner of the main room is my record­ing studio and col­lec­tion of in­stru­ments that helps me de-stress every now and then (I often jam with my friends in the garage).

In a cor­ner is my record­ing studio and col­lec­tion of in­stru­ments that helps me de-stress…

Next to that I have a meet­ing room that I also use as a read­ing room or place where I can or­gan­ise my ex­hi­bi­tions or works in progress. Be­cause I al­ways have sev­eral projects go­ing on at any time, the space there is ab­so­lutely vi­tal for me so that I can leave my art there when some­thing else needs my at­ten­tion.

now show­ing…

I have a very large film col­lec­tion – it’s prob­a­bly close to 20,000 ti­tles these days. And it’s still grow­ing. I use the other rooms at my dis­posal as stor­age for my work ma­te­ri­als, prints, mag­a­zines, fold­ers, all sort of pa­pers, can­vas and com­puter equip­ment. I like to be well stocked.

On the walls around me I have in­spir­ing works, prints or pic­tures of artists who I ad­mire and that I’ve had the for­tune to meet over the years.

I’m a early bird and I usu­ally wake up at 5:30 to have a cof­fee. My son (who’s three-and-a-half years old) seems to have taken af­ter me so as often as not we spend that mo­ment to­gether. If my wife and son isn’t up at that time then I usu­ally be­gin work. If I don’t have any work from the night be­fore I take my cof­fee and spend some time up­dat­ing my blog, so­cial net­work, post­ing images and an­swer­ing emails I’ve re­ceived dur­ing the night. When they wake up I join then for break­fast.

I’ve de­vel­oped and mas­tered cer­tain rou­tines over the years and I use those

One of my most im­por­tant rou­tines is that I al­ways do at least one il­lus­tra­tion just for my­self each day

Lil­la­grisen means “lit­tle pig” in Swedish, and he’s my mas­cot. I carry this lit­tle piglet with me when I travel. I usu­ally post a photo of him on my so­cial me­dia when I’m on the road. He has a lot of fans these days.

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