Stefano Alaimo is a visual artist born in 1984.
The practice of drawing, which he developed while studying graphic design, has become central to his artistic approach. He mainly creates large-format drawings with India ink and a myriad of details. From a Franco-Italian family, Stefano Alaimo was raised in Madagascar until the age of 15. He draws his inspiration mainly from Malagasy crafts, East End art, Byzantine figuration and baroque European architecture.
The spirit behind Stefano Alaimo’s drawings is an attempt to attain the cold objectivity of scientific illustration. He chooses black and white because it is cold, emotionless. The perpetually frontal point of view and the object’s flat appearance are chosen for the same reason.
His trees recall botanical diagrams; his bodies look like something out of a treatise on anatomy. The artist tries to keep his emotions at a distance. Sheets of paper become screens he can lock away demons behind. They are memories of overwhelming beauty, petrifying horror, or disturbing fantasies.
And yet these attempts always fail: the drawings are crawling, seething, the paper filled to overflowing.
Stefano Alaimo is also interested in digital art (video, interactivity).
(Photo: Vincent Roux)