In our ATAS Artist Spotlight series, we take a deeper dive into our artists through their work and the creative process and stories behind them.
Andrea Manzati is an Italian artist known for his simple, geometric, and colourful digital illustrations. His artwork is influenced by nature. When Andrea is not drawing, he enjoys watching movies, listening to music, running, and hiking. A motto that Andrea goes by is to “never give up”.
This interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.
“I’m always happy to use my illustrations to promote and help an important cause”
What is your creative process?
Andrea: I usually start with a brainstorm, sketching all possible ideas, elements, shapes that come to my mind very quickly on paper. I then try to make connections with these elements. Then when I have the right ideas in my mind I make some rough drafts to send to the client. After the client chooses one of the options, I start to work digitally. When it comes to materials, I use ink and brushes to create handmade elements that then will be added on the digital composition. I used plasticine in the past sometimes but it’s a material that now I don’t use anymore.
Which one of your works is your favorite?
Andrea: This piece is called “BBQ” and it was made for an exhibition about food in Venice. It’s a bit old, but I still like the simple composition of elements and the geometric play overall.
If you could travel to any place in the world, where would you go?
What is your favorite piece of artwork that is not your own?
Andrea: So many, how can I just choose one?
What do you listen to while you work?
Andrea: I love listening to electronic music, recently I’ve been into retrowave.
Why did you decide to become an ATAS artist?
Andrea: I’m always happy to use my illustrations to promote and help an important cause about social or health issues.