The Hero’s Journey of Matteo Guarnaccia

What is the best thing that I love about my work?

Taking note of life with a pencil and keep on drawing for pleasure and understanding

What is my idea of perfect happiness?

Giving joy to others through my work

What is my greatest fear?

Ignorance and greed of dumb people

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?


Which living persons in my profession do I most admire?

The psychedelic poster wizard Victor Moscoso

What is my greatest extravagance?

Be faithful to traditional media

On what occasion would I lie?

When some gentle woman asks me if I’ve enjoyed my meal

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

Loneliness of a long distance runner

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?

San Francisco and Tokyo exhibitions

If I could, what would I change about myself?

Be more effective on asking money to customers

What is my greatest achievement in work?

Realizing to be considered a leader in an artistic movement

What do the words ‘The Financial Freedom to Create’ mean to me?

Anyone needs a helping hand, no more cutting ears shows (love Vincent)

Where would I most like to live?

Where I can express myself in peace surrounded by people I love

What is my most treasured possession?

My bookcollection, a barricade of beauty and style against the mediocrity

What is my most marked characteristic?

Discipline and curiosity

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

Parco Sempione with Triennale building and the

Castle: an island of nature, art and history

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?

The old fried fish stand and focaccia bakery near by the Darsena – the old port of Milano

What books influenced my life and how?

The Golden Ass by Apuleio, Howl by Allen Ginsberg, Black Elk Speaks by John Neihardt, Lazarillo de Tormes by anonymous- Great travels, great insights

Who are my favorite writers?

Georges Simenon, William Burroughs, Charles Dickens, Jan Potocki, Erodotus

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

Painting Box by Incredible String Band (but I’m quite sure in the other side of the mirror there is plenty of music!)

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

Tin Tin, Cocco Bill and Barbarella

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

My wife Tiziana

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?

Ninotchka with Greta Garbo

What role plays art in my life and work?

Overwhelming, It’s everywhere

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

Thanx God there I have met many through the years… and of course my son and my granddaughter.

Whom would I like to work with in 2018?

With exciting and crazy and intelligent people

Which people in my profession would I love to meet in 2018?

Same as above (and of course accompanied by a nice fee)

What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on?

A new book with collected drawings, a design extravaganza with Alessandro Guerriero, music explorations with Ezio Guaitamacchi and Omar Pedrini, a never ending teaching workshop on NABA

Where can you see me or my work in 2018?

On newspapers, bookstores, on air, in the web and at Triennale (Milano)

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?

Hey what I’m doing it’sexactly my life so I ‘ll keep on truckin every single second and every single breath. Space, Mess and Adventure!

Which creative heroes should Peter invite to tell their story?

Italo Bertolasi, Guido Daniele, Marta Nijhuis

How can you contact me?

Here is the link to my book on Amazon

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