ROMANCE, SEXUAL DESIRE AND THE TECHNIQUES OF OTHER CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS, HELP RENZO REALISE HIS FANTASIES.
Should we call you Se Hyung Cho or Renzo? Renzo: Renzo is good. I chose this name when I was studying Italian in Korea, before I came to Italy. I like the sound of Renzo.
You are Korean but live in Milan. What took you there?
When I was in university in Korea there was an illustration professor. I was close to her; she advised me on many things, even after I graduated. She told me to go to Italy and study fashion. When I was a child I dreamed of becoming a fashion designer. I was also curious about living in a foreign country, a place completely different to Korea.
What materials and mediums do you use to create your art?
I use any material that attracts me and helps me to realise my ideas. It depends on how much time I have, where I’m sitting and what I want to draw. Usually, when I’m at home and I have time, I design on a big scale, and when outdoors I use a notebook. I like to use pencils because I find it makes my stroke more relaxed and natural. I also like charcoal, crayons (both dry and oil), oil colour, watercolours and more. The male nude features in your work. Why? Because I’m gay. I’m interested in men’s bodies. An image of someone’s beautiful body makes me imagine various sex scenes or something else that excites and inspires me. There are too many pictures of naked men so I do not have enough time to draw everything that I want, especially a woman’s body!
Do the homoerotic scenes of men together come from your own experience, from pornography or your imagination?
I usually look for nude photos on the internet, books and porn movies. I choose the images that make me want to draw, sometimes changing the details. Often someone comes to me to be photographed or drawn naked.
I prefer a defined or a well-made body, but life drawing with a model of any body shape helps me a lot.
Your work shows the beauty of men on the outside, what does it say about the interior life of the man; his feelings and thoughts?
My designs usually reflect my feelings. I live