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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

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