Ivano Sabot was born artistically in Rome during an August afternoon.
Conversing among friends, like in a dream, he saw a face emerging from the waters and “click”, the first photograph, mostly in his imagination than elsewhere. That vision remained for days inside his head, and after finally having the first image in his hands Hymns was born: a hymn to the thousand facets of a mask.
In the first phase of his creative process, the artist chooses a simple visual language, placing a paper mache mask in the center of the image evoking around it, with a few significant objects, themes with a social and lifestyle background.
But why a mask as a subject?
Masks are and will always be important symbols for humanity. These small objects have unlimited power. They can hide us, they can give us new identities, through them we can see the world for what it is, truly, without filters.
All this tells us about the artist’s first-period work.
Sabot's relocation to Prague at the end of 2015 leads him to a more intimate journey.
The paper mache mask becomes a face, a mirror that reflects the intense emotions of change. Even his style changes, from a two-dimensional and flat vision, one finds oneself to explore the space in its wholeness as if to claim back the artist’s place in an alien environment.
Thus, a period of experiments began that convinced the artist to slowly abandon the mask as the main subject and to expand his vision into a surreal world in which he continues to project his emotions, his visions, and also his criticism of modern society.