Fabio Baggio “Bajo” is an Italian painter who aims at making art known to everyone, from experts and professional painters, to kids and amateurs.

His paintings feature bright colors and thick lines. Yet to this day he still finds it odd when people call him an “artist”. His works were exhibited at the latest Art Basel in Miami, and have been included in the Italian Catalogue of Modern Art. Fabio has been painting since he was a child, originally graduating from the Academy of Arts as a graphic designer. Delving into paintings, his first exhibition dates back to 1984. He then started showcasing his paintings in several art galleries, and, today, he uses social media as a tool to increase his visibility.



What role does art have in society?

Fabio Baggio: Art is still very important today, because it generates joy and happiness. Art makes the world colorful: it creates an easy world for everyone. For these reasons, a number of artists and I started running weekly painting sessions, called “Sbittarte”, to which professionals, amateurs, adults and kids can participate together, painting on majolica tiles. In fact, art can attract any type of people, not solely painters or experts. It is necessary to make people understand that art shouldn’t be private or elitist, but accessible to everyone. And because art gives joy to society, I decided that it would be my job. 

 What is the conceptual content of your artwork?

Fabio Baggio: My works of art do not originate from a specific concept. They are simply composed by a thick graphic sign and by dominant bright colors. I paint fine arts and, in 1998, I started making portraits. I remember starting from a portrait of the potential older version of me, wearing suit and tie.

“I would like to paint every day”

What words would you use to describe your art and you works?

Fabio Baggio: I let the observer define and interpret my art, but I would describe it as a game, as something to have fun with. I would like to paint every day, no matter how much profit my art generates. My art started from the need to unleash my feelings. I believe that even someone who does not have any kind of expertise in arts needs to express themselves. I live art as a therapy that I suggest experimenting to everyone. I do not suffer while working on my canvases but, on the contrary, painting makes me feel happier. Painting is an art that does not require any kind of expertise. You do not have to be an expert to be an artist.

What inspires or influences you when painting?

Fabio Baggio: In my case, painting does not come from any inspirations or influences. It actually starts from an intrinsic duty that motivates me to get up and create some new paintings every day.



Which of your artworks represents you the most?

Fabio Baggio: I choose my wife’s favorite artwork, which has also been noticed by art critics and published in some books. This painting is a portrait representing the distinctive characteristics of all my artworks, which are the color and the thick lines. It is my interpretation of a face. As explained before, it is up to the observer to interpret its shades and meanings. My art is in fact very spontaneous, it comes from an innate need to paint, which has no specific reason.

How do you want people to feel when they view your artwork?

Fabio Baggio: I want my audience to like my paintings, and this is made more easily possible by the use of color. In fact, my works of art are really appreciated by kids, who are attracted by the color intensity. However, since I believe that art is very subjective, I leave to the viewers the total freedom of individually interpreting my works.

“Color blindness does not represent any limitations for my art”

How did color blindness influence your art?

Fabio Baggio: I am color blind, it is a genetic condition I inherited from my father. I can actually recognize colors but I struggle to distinguish all the single shades of every color. I’ve worked for years using a red light, at my mother’s studio, and this helped me learning to identify colors. At the beginning, I needed to read the colors’ labels, but I then learnt to recognize them autonomously. The use of basic bright colors on my paintings originates from color blindness. But this does not represent any limitations for my art.

What do you believe creates value in art?

Fabio Baggio: I believe that paintings on a canvas are still valuable. Because today’s fairs and art shows do not exhibit as many canvases as in the past. Also, in my opinion, paintings are more valuable if they are signed and framed. I like to put a frame on every painting, even if experts suggest not doing it. It is actually the viewer’s job to measure an artwork’s value. I only provide the observer with some small details to better understand the portrait, but they need to understand its subjective importance. In fact, in my opinion, a painting on a simple majolica tile could potentially be more valuable than a large canvas. This is because, differently from other objects, the value of all arts is based on the individual’s subjective dimension.

FABIO BAGGIO "BAJO" - Majolica Tile

FABIO BAGGIO “BAJO” – Majolica Tile

What is the future of art? And what are the plans for your future?

Fabio Baggio: Art is evolving. Fairs are disappearing, but are still extremely charming for artists and art lovers. Now, using social media, it is easier to confront one’s art. In fact, technology gives more visibility to young and emerging artists. It allows the artist to increase his/her visibility even when staying at home. Technology accelerated the process through which artists show themselves and are known. It is thanks to the social networks that I have been contacted for appearances in the US, and in Europe. Social media give an artist many opportunities, and it is up to us to decide which ones are worth picking. Artists’ patronage still exists: people still invest in young artists, buying works from emerging painters and displaying them on public places.

In the future, I expect to keep myself very busy with my job. I always see a bright future. I do not like to make too many long-term plans, because I learnt that some events can suddenly change your life completely. I learnt that it is very important to enjoy life. In particular, I love staying with my friends and meeting new people.

What are the best pieces of advice you have ever been given, and the one you would give?

Fabio Baggio: I have been asked never to change. I have always been a photographer, graphic designer and advertiser. After the Academy of Arts I opened a graphic design and advertising studio. And, I would suggest to everyone to try and make art, to find another way of expressing themselves.

Bassano del Grappa

36061 Bassano del Grappa, Province of Vicenza, Italy