FROM PAINTING TO SCULPTURE
As a child, Alfredo Longo was already an ar st, pain ng and drawing on the walls of the parental home he took for canvas.
His enthusiasm for sketching and drawing classes throughout his school years led him further on to the Academy of Fine Arts of Binche.
He was directly admi ed into third grade, out of the ve making up the global cursus.
Learning how to oil paint on canvas allowed him to perfect his hyper realis c style and discover new techniques, like ‘l’art de la gri e’ he will experiment on various supports.
Prized at several pain ng contests, he graduated from the Academy with the greatest dis nc on.
From the nine es, transi on towards sculpture is visible through artworks and low-reliefs in plaster, painted paper and cardboard.
However, a er two years, he is forced to give up monumental artwork by lack of space and devotes himself solely to pain ng un l the 2000s.
in 1999, order to establish simple, direct and privileged rela onships between ar sts and the public, he sets up in Mons a non-pro t-making organiza on, Art-Culture, which promotes visual ar sts. His organiza on’s ac vi es and ng out a much bigger workshop make him put his own ar s c crea ons somewhat aside.
It is in 2005 that a er a journey to Northern Africa he returns in priority to sculpture, combining wood and salvaged metallic pieces he solders. The rst concrete artworks are for example bulls, horses, and robo c characters.
Aware of the overconsump on plaguing our industrialized socie es, he appropriates a common colourful material: the drink can, known to all, compressed and shaped according to his concept ‘Transform’Art Kompress®’.
His monumental artwork is nowadays mainly focused on bringing to the public new awareness toward recycling and on the search for meaning of the ar st’s role in contemporary society.
Interview translated by
ALCHEMIST OF MATERIAL…Witness of overflows in our consumption society, the art of Alfredo Longo is a critical reaction nevertheless playful and constructive.Worn cans offering by citizens are the raw material of its artworks, in the same time symbolics, animal, vast or the representation of a human face, striking of truth, with powerful and harmonious gestures.Wearing stonish colours, each work of art comes from a slow and patient process resulting cans compression and especially on particular piece, assembling of different elements taking from a world of recycling metal objets, screw, bolts, nuts...Afterwards, cutting of the profil, stability of forms, fixing of surface elements, incrustation of colors coming from cans cutting, and to conclude polishing and some finish touching.A work which bring together the power of a sculptor and the sophistication of a goldsmith...D. Parternoster
Alfredo Longo, 1959
Committed artist, Alfredo Longo has developed a tool to raise awareness.
The transform’art Kompress, which fulfills 3 aims:
Allow a renewal of interest in selective sorting.
Indulge in the act of sorting through the beauty of an artistic message.
Encourage the citizens while highlighting the importance of recycling cans.
By its civic and artistic approach, Alfredo Longo therefore recalls the the challenges of recycling and invites the people to discover the simplicity of the act of sorting by long-term development in art.
“The involvement of the people, both in the collection and in the creation, enables the identification, and federalization of a common value which is, I am convinced, the main aim in the contribution in the change of attitude and remembrance of a message of the importance of triage”
While moving away of the traditional formulae of Recup’art,
Alfredo Longo manages to give detail to his works, working in an innovative technique that gives a new dimension to the art of sculpturing.
The self-taught artist that he is, entirely recomposes his subject from a mass of recycled materials, including “the Can”.
Alfredo Longo recently invested public spaces, because it’s field of investigation widens to monumental Art which provides a surprising result of expression and power.
Series such as Hearts, the Toros and the Heads have made him known to wider public and collectors.
In his work, now the board designed entirely out of cans involve the transition from the sculptures.