Today we interview Federica Bau, an Italian illustrator who focuses her work on chiaroscuro as an essential form of the image and black as an element from which to establish a logic of sensation.
Hello Federica, who are you? How would you define yourself?
Hello! My name is Federica Bau, I am a young Italian illustrator and I found my passion in graphic work and engraving.
Where were you born? Are you still living there?
I was born very close to Milan, in Monza more specifically. A city with no further interest (according to my clear point of view) and that is why I moved, first to Barcelona, successively to Betanzos, and right now I am living in Bilbao.
When did you decide to become an artist?
There was no definite moment in which I decided to become an artist, it started little by little. First I approached graphic work out of curiosity, then I found in it a medium that makes me happy, and right now I would like to be able to make a living from it.
How would you define your style in a sentence?
Chiaroscuro as an essential form of the image, black as an element from which to establish a logic of sensation, are always present in my work. I thus opt for narratives of contrasts, where the empty spaces are as important as the filled ones.
Your weaknesses? Your strengths?
Weaknesses ... always say what I think, without passing the information through any filter. And now that I think about it, it is also my strength!
What do you find most fascinating about creativity?
Being able to speak honestly with yourself.
Which of your works do you have a special affection?
To "Hemen". I think it is the visible result of mastering one of the most complex techniques of intaglio engraving. Also, I think it portrays my meticulous and perfectionist personality very well!
Who inspires or influences you when creating?
Poles, in general, are my gurus. They are expert engravers, and I am also fascinated by the way they interpret reality. They create very dark images, lonely landscapes and architectures with a great emotional and symbolic charge.
Do you have a new project or idea in hand?
Thousands. Millions. I have a few notebooks full of notes, sketches, project beginnings. They are all ideas, some will see the light and others will not.
2025 Where do you see yourself?
Good question! If I look back and don't know how I got here, imagining myself in the future, including the next one ... I have is completely impossible.
Finish the sentence: When the going gets tough ...
Speaks! Communication is the basis for understanding.
A favorite place
None in particular. Each one brings back fond memories, so they are all equally favorites.
Penultimate question… Favorite song?
Shigeru Umebayashi - Yumeji's Theme
Waking Life by Richard Linklater