Meet the Italian artist painting against pollution

Andreco is using his art to talk about climate change and sustainable development

Published: Monday 11 March 2019

Andreco, an Italian artist, is using his art to talk about climate change and sustainable development. He is also an environmental engineer by training.

Since 2000, he has been constantly trying to find connections between art and science, symbolism and environmental sustainability. According to him, after a point in his life, his artistic research intermingled with his scientific research.

Hence, his artworks are deeply influenced by his scientific research on climate change and environment. The objective of his art and research is to produce new visions, symbols and formulas, to make the invisible visible.

He wants to show the beauty of the hidden natural processes like a contemporary alchemist who learns from the past. He has created various artworks all around the world ranging from Italy to Brazil. His latest art installation have been placed in New Delhi.

“I chose Delhi because in November 2018, Delhi became the most polluted city and I wanted to do a project about air quality. So this was the perfect location to speak about it,” said Andreco.

All his artwork, including the art installation in Delhi, is site specific and influenced by the people that he meets as well as the environment. The work in Delhi was done through extensive research on air pollution and climate change.

He has also used a special ink that has been made from fossil fuel emissions. Andreco stressed on the need for different fields to come together to raise awareness and act against climate change.

“All my images are a tribute to the environment and the shapes are symbolic shapes but open to the interpretation of the
public. So everyone can see what you want in these images but for me, they are deeply connected to the environment. They are a tribute to the environment from a more eco-centric view and not an anthropocentric view,” he added.

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