The Hero’s Journey of Filippo Saccà

What is the best thing that I love about my work? When I need to express what I feel deep inside, whether it is a sensation or an idea, words are always ineffective. Only painting gives me this possibility and this is mainly what I love about my work.

What is my idea of happiness? My idea of happiness, at the moment, is not an idea but a concrete fact: my tiny atelier and listen to the smiles of my life partner.

What is my greatest fear? Maybe I’m a bit afraid of not having anything more to say.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? The artists who are carrying on in the field of contemporary art with seriousness and dedication, despite these hard times for art, especially in Italy.

What is my greatest extravagance? When I paint I always need music. it is necessary and is almost always the same: Genesis, Queen and classical music.

On what occasion would I lie? I believe that the lie is a survival tool. Everyone lies, to themselves or others.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? I believe that every moment of your work, even the most negative, is necessary. I would say there is anything I really don’t like about my job.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? Everything is in that moment where the image reveals itself in its perfection. There is a profound correspondence between me and the painting, at that moment.

Finis Terrae (Altarpiece of Otranto), acrylic and collage on canvas, 175x80 cm, 2019

If I could, what would I change about myself? Definitely my self-esteem; I wish I had more.

What is my greatest achievement in work? The sincere esteem of some of my colleagues is an important fact for me and it’s something not to be taken for granted.

Where would I most like to live? I feel a deep love for Venice and its “immateriality”, its lightness and dialect. It had an important role in the development of my idea of painting.

What is my most treasured possession? It’s a red shirt that belonged to my greatest friend who unfortunately died almost 20 years ago: I think about him every day. The shirt says “zero rules”. And then my paintings.

What is my most marked characteristic? An infinite patience, which sometimes creates problems for me and then the ability to listen to a person for hours without saying a word. I love to listen.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? I have a favorite place in Rome and it is the National Gallery of Modern Art. In that place I’ve been feeding and still feed my artist dreams.

What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city? At the Golden Pot, near my house: I always drink excellent beer and often play with my band, there.

What books influenced my life and how? “Three men in a boat” by Jerome K. Jerome, for his sense of irony and lightness. I am also viscerally linked to Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Maybe I wouldn’t listen to music. I would like to think about my life. But if I really have to choose, I would say Bohemian Rhapsody from Queen and The Carpet crawlers from Genesis.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? My father and my mother

What role plays art in my life and work? Art, and painting in particular, has always been at the center of my thinking. I am obsessed with painting because it allows me to communicate things I wouldn’t be able to express. I cannot imagine my life without painting.

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me? Being narrators of my life, for me, means that everyone is responsible to follow his inclinations and nature: this because we are the only to whom ourselves are bound to respond, one day.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? I feel lucky to have many admirers among my fellow artists and this keeps me going with enthusiasm. Above all, my partner who always supports me.

Which people or companies would I like to work with in 2020? There are mainly two galleries in Rome I would like to work with, in the future: Lombardi Gallery of Lorenzo and Enrico Lombardi and the La Nica Gallery of Vittoria Marchetta. Two beautiful spaces for art, led by young and competent people.

Which people in my profession who can make a real difference in my creative career would i love to meet in 2020? All the people I meet have an influence on my creativity and on the way of understanding life and art. Not all of them are part of the art world, honestly, the art world represent the minority.

What project, in 2020, am I looking forward to work on? I was planning my participation to an exhibition in Australia in Perth, unfortunately has been canceled due to Covid-19.

Where can you see me or my work in 2020?
on Instagram: filippo.sacca
on Facebook: Filippo Saccà
and my website:

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? I tend to see the negative side of this. I often find myself wishing to go back in time and look for other passions, maybe easier to be shared between people. My obsession with painting has often isolated me from others.

Which creative heroes should Peter invite to tell their story? There are four artists I love for their strength and the truth of their painting as well as for being exceptional people and with whom I hope one day to make an exhibition: Alice Colacione, Paolo Vitale, Ignazio Schifano and Giuseppe Barilaro. I would also include Orio Geleng whom I have known for many years and whom I deeply admire for his tenacity and his wonderful paintings.

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