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Federico Gastaldi


Allessandria, Italy



Q: What song do you play on repeat?

A: "Doesn't Remind Me" by Audioslave.

Q: What's the best way to start the day?

A: Coffee and news podcast.

Q: What are you most looking forward to this year?

A: In the last year, in addition to being an illustrator, I have also decided to manage the family farm. This year I most look forward to having some good tomatoes.

Q: What is the most impactful project you've worked on and why.

A: I worked on the advertising campaign for UC San Diego. The city and campus are literally covered in my illustrations. It's really nice to think that on the other side of the world my work was so universally present.

Q: Which art/photo exhibit that you've seen has impacted you the most?

A: I think the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. Not just for the exhibition but for the general context in which it is located. The atmosphere it has.

Q: What mystery do you wish you knew the answer to?

A: I would like to know how Tik Toks are made.

Q: What are some things you had to unlearn?

A: I tend not to unlearn but, on the contrary, I have an obsession with learning new things, also (and above all) on topics that do not concern me in the least.

Q: What have you only recently formed an opinion about?

A: Yes, lately I have realized that getting old means becoming exactly as others who have aged before you become and as you thought you would never become.

Q: What book impacted you the most?

A: Plainsong by Kent Haruf.

Q: Best and worst advice you've ever received.

A: The best advice is from my dad: "Better to shut up and look stupid than open your mouth and remove all doubts." The worst is definitely from my cousin: "Don't sell those stocks, they will surely increase in value."

Q: How has your work evolved over the past few years?

A: Since I started it changes constantly and I believe it will continue to do so. I think that the style of work feeds on everything that surrounds me and that intrigues me in some way.


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