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