Roberto Piaia is a painter and sculptor who was born in Moriago della Battaglia in Italy. In his early life, his work allowed him to see more of the world, spending a long time in Germany. To hone his painting abilities, he was a disciple of master Guerra at the Pio X School, this was followed by time spent studying sculpture are the Marble Studio Nicola Stagetti in Lucca. Roberto Piaia also spent time studying in one of my favourite cities in the whole world, Florence. In 2009, Roberto officially joined the Italian painters elite, when he recieved the Committee of the Critic of Modern Art Catalogue; published by Mondadori. Roberto’s work has been exhibited all over Italy, and also in Germany. It was truly a pleasure to interview Roberto Piaia, one of Italy’s most respected artists. Please enjoy, the reading list of Roberto Piaia…
When someone asks you what do you do for a living? How do you respond?
I’m an artist. I paint oil on canvas and sculpt from marble and bronze. When I paint and sculpt I set off for a long journey of travel and every stage is a photo-gram that will fill up the final image. Every painting or statue is a part of me, a small flame of light that I leave on the canvas, on the marble or the bronze, this is my dimension.
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco, a historical mystery set in a 14th-century monastery.
When you think about your childhood, what book comes to mind?
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I have always wanted to be an artist. I drew a lot from an early age.
If you could wrap up a single book and gift it to yourself as you left education, which book would it be?
Does your reading have routine? Is there a particular time or place that you like to read?
I usually read in the evening, in bed.
Which book has had the biggest impact on your career so far?
Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane by Andrew Graham-Dixon. The great artist who’s always inspired me.
Do you have any books that you strongly associate with someone important in your life?
Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier, a book about an oil painting by Johannes Vermeer. I associate the book with my love, as I was reading this book when I met my wife, Carmen.
Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach. I have recommended this book most because it is a fable in novella form about a seagull learning about life and flight, and a homily about self-perfection.
Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction?
I prefer fiction in the form of romance, whereas non-fiction allows me to free my fantasy.
Do you think reading is important?
Absolutely yes! Culture is fundamental to human being’s development.
What’s the best book you’ve read in the last 6 months?
Cathedral of the Sea by Ildefonso Falcones. The plot is addictive and runs fluently, it describes the Catalan society in the 14th Century.
Do you prefer real books or digital books?
The appeal of paper without any doubt, in this I am still a romantic.
Name a book that you feel every human should have to read by law.
The Art of War by Sun Tzu, as it’s a book about psychological strategy to better face the challenges of life and work.
What is the book that you feel has had the single biggest impact on your life?
Luca’s Secret by Ignazio Silone, because it’s a work that most resembles my art, as the author loves to enrich his book with details and peculiarities.
What books or subject matter do you plan on reading in the next year?
Art books and fiction.
If you were to write an autobiography, what would it be called?