Valter Adam Casotto.
Padua, Italy, 1980.
Artist in Residence 2019.
Invited by The Plant and PaintGuide for the Project1606 residency .
Valter currently lives and works in London. He has worked on numerous TV productions as a camera operator and TV format creator. He has worked as senior prosthetic makeup artist in the film industry, on films such as Harry Potter (D. Yates), X-Men: First Class (M. Vaughn), Prometheus (R. Scott) and The Hobbit
(P. Jackson). Running parallel to his work in the film industry, he has continued to work on his own personal projects, including design work, painting, video projects and sculptures. Visually inspired and influenced by a combination of William Turner's pictorial art, H.R Giger's visionary surrealist work and
Bernini's Baroque sculptural art, his preferred techniques are those of video and sculpture which he recently brought together in his project
‘We Will Never Meet at that Age’. He created a self-portrait of his own ageing physiognomy and had it applied to himself, documenting his parents’
reaction to seeing their son at an age they will never meet in real life with a moving image piece, thus creating an impossible time breach in the fabric of his parents’ existence.
“My work mostly deals with the conceptual exploration of the facets and transformations of both human and individual identity in time. This has become a recurring theme in my work. By means of hyper-realistic and abstract work. I openly invite viewers to consider and reflect upon the importance of their own identity in time, also in regards to memory and the possibility of surpassing the boundaries conventionally bestowed on it.”
(V)alter-ego , Solo show 2017 Andrea Tardini Gallery Venice Italy 5th April - 20th June
Timelessness , Solo show 2018 Andrea Tardini Gallery Venice Italy 1st May - 15th June
Temporal Identity , Solo show 2018 Terrazza mare di Lignano Sabbiadoro (UD) Italy 4th Agoust - 2nd September
It is as if , collettive show 2018 Susans Castle Majano (UD) Italy 16th - 25th November
Beyond Reality , collective show 2018 Opera Gallery London United Kingdom 14th - 28th December
Valter is a David di Donatello prize for prosthetic makeup on Tales of Tales by Matteo Garrone and worked on many international movie productions such as:
Game of Thrones
Mandela: Long way to freedom
X-Men first class
Harry Potter and the deadly hollows
Clash of the titans (2010)
Carnival Row tv series