Flash Interview: Franco Spina, Visual Artist, TIAC Teacher

TIAC is lucky to collaborate with exceptional artists and professionals on the artistic field. 

We have created the Flash Interview formula to present them to you...let's start with Franco!



Full name and profession

Franco Spina, Visual Artist.

Where do you come from?

I come from Calabria, a region in the south of Italy, but I live in Florence.

What did you study and where? 

I have a Master's Degree in Visual Arts from the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence

What moved you to get into the art world and to follow art studies?

My drive was the continuous intellectual and professional redefinition of myself, but, perhaps, also the need to exorcise death.

Art is a trace, even if it is invisible.

As a student, what was the most important lesson you learned? 

The lesson I have never followed. It is not a provocation.

What do you teach at TIAC?

I hold a theoretical and practical course on Performance Art and Contemporary Practices.

As an artist, what do you want to share with the world?

I wish to educate the eye and the thinking...pretty ambitious! 

Where does your inspiration come from?

I do not believe in inspiration in a romantic way, idealization is too anachronistic.

Inspiration, as far as I'm concerned, is the act of transforming a thought or something I see into something else, it is seeing things in a different way, undressing them, penetrating them. 

I think idler is a good state of mind to trigger creation; this sort of abstention from the "real world" (nothing transcendental, just "doing nothing") ironically reconnects you to reality.


Which phase of art/ creation affects you most?

The transition from an abstract thought to the practical action, which often leads to the redefinition of the whole project. This is the essence of making art and being an artist: giving shape to a thought.

Why did you choose Visual Arts?

Let me quote one of my favorite songs by Moltheni: "A new world will be born, kind and imperfect, but immune to everything". I believe in the absolute beauty of imperfection, of the ephemeral, of the transitory. It's what is closest to life.

What is the importance of  passing on artistic knowledge to new generations?

To trigger…

In your opinion, what is the social function of Art?

Ethics and politics. It is an incessant exchange. Art should never become propaganda, but it must be a means to allow thinking and exchange.

What does TIAC and Turandot mean to you?


What personal message would you like to leave us?

Let us remember the banal!

Anna Rosa Paladino