Aledin


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Aledin

name: Alejandro
surname: Dini
year of birth: (a secret for the initiates)
country: Argentina/Italy/Hong Kong (in that order)

 

Alice in Nukeland
by Aledin

 

Q1: When did you start making art?
It’s been my passion since childhood, mainly primary school. But if by
art we mean something born out of the necessity of expressing the “inner
world”, I guess I started exploring that during my teenage years, 14
years old or so.

Q2: What does inspire you?
This is always the most difficult question. What is inspiration? I never
found a specific source of “inspiring force”. In my case creativity
(whatever it might be) happens whenever there’s a specific combination
of factors, like a mixture of things causing an unexpected chemical
reaction that blows my mind and makes me say “Ah yes, this!”.
To be more concrete, I find that reading, reflecting and observing the
world with a big question mark on top usually brings the best
ingredients for me, much more than the visual arts world itself.

Q3: What are your techniques?
Now it’s all digital. I like it, but I wouldn’t mind going back to
watercolors one day. It would be my alternative. It’s what I did during
the art school days, but now I live in a rat-hole and I literally have
no space for a single A4 paper and brushes.
I don’t exclude going back to brushes later in my life, but working
digitally is so clean and convenient for now.

Q4: What is the main idea or feeling behind your works?
Mostly it’s the Feminine, with capital F, as to signify the Yin energy
of things. It certainly manifests itself as female figures and themes in
my drawings, but there’s always more to it. At first I noticed that I
explored the dark-feminine aspect, the matriarch, the sacrifice, etc.
Lately it’s all been “dissolving” into the allegorical and symbolic.
Obviously it wasn’t intentional.

Q5: What is the main color of your art and why?
A lot of blackness, but during the conceptual phase I notice I easily
tend towards dark grey-blues and earthy greens and browns.
I don’t know why, but we can maybe say that these are the colors of
nature and the night sky, which symbolically takes us back to the
previous answer.

Q6: What would you improve about your work and why?
Technically everything! I’m happy with certain things obviously, but
sometimes I feel I’d like to have better control of my color palette and
anatomy (I like weird angles, but they are much more challenging).

Q7: Do you have any project for the future?
Usually I don’t, but…yes, I happen to have a little idea for a board
game based on fairy tale themes. However, since I’m the only one working
on it, it might take years to be completed, because of my day job. We’ll
see.

Q8: Describe yourself with 3 words capturing the essence of Aledin.
Introspective, Intuitive, Sarcastic

Q9: Show us (link) your very first work. Describe it from techniques till feelings.
My very first is probably lost in space and time, but I can maybe go
back almost 10 years to my oldest work in the web HERE.
At that time I wanted to explore flat shading, animation style. As you
see, the “feminine” was already there, together with the earthy color
tones. I wanted to simulate the feel of ancient photographs and
Victorian ages. That era fascinated me, especially the role of women in
society.

Q10: What did change from your first work till now?
I think that now I’m much more aware of my themes and contents, I’m
perhaps less impulsive and more focused.
Technically, now I prefer to paint, instead of doing line work like
before. But now and then I still like to return to lines. They define
shapes very nicely and make images easier to read.

Q11: What is art for you? Escaping from reality or the essence of life?
It appears as an escapade, but upon closer inspection it’s actually a
symbolic bridge to the Real and an expression of life reflecting and
celebrating itself.
Art is wonderment, alchemy, the Philosoper’s Stone.

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