Riccardo Guasco is an Italian illustrator and painter, born in Alessandria. He loves old posters from the 1930s, Picasso, Depero, Tofano, Russian Suprematism, Cubism, and old-school heroic cycling.
Obsessed with the poster as a means of communication that helps us to learn about image, Guasco blends poetry with irony to create illustrations that make your eyes smile. His work has been featured in advertising campaigns, magazines, and books, as well as on ships and bikes. He is proud to have worked with The New Yorker, Los Angeles Magazine, Eni, Greenpeace, Emergency, Vanity Fair, Rai, Poste Italiane, L’Espresso, Architectural Digest, Selle Royal and many more.
Every two months BASE houses an artist selected by Illustri, an association that brings together established and up-and-coming illustrators. The artists spend a week with us, staying at casaBASE, working in the burò, BASE Milano’s project house, and getting involved in life at BASE and the initiatives underway. The creative outcome of the residency then becomes the poster for the BASE magazine.
WUNDERKIT of RICCARDO GUASCO
We asked Riccardo to introduce herself and tell us what inspires her creativity, through some objects and mirabilia.
I chose to feature a chair as the main object in my BASE illustration because it welcomes people who study, work, think and engage in discussions together. Who knows, maybe the seeds of the ideas that are generated there end up nestled between the folds of material.
A tower of Babel made of chairs, in which I let shapes and colours stimulate my aesthetic sense, conjures up an image of the collective visions that make projects come to life, as well as the process of self-teaching. Nobody plans alone: ideas are stacked on top of each other and we interact with the things other people have created before us.