Passion Never Retires for Davide Bonazzi

What is the best thing that I love about my work? The opportunity of drawing all day long, and being paid for that.

What is my idea of perfect happiness? Spending time with the people I love, and working on exciting projects.

What is my greatest fear? Being forced by necessity to do things that I don’t want to do.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? Sometimes I’m a bit too worried about unforeseen problems.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? I met many extremely talented people and very modest too. One of them is Adelchi Galloni, an illustrator and former teacher of mine. I learned a lot from his example.

What is my greatest extravagance? I guess my passion for drawing itself could be considered extravagant for many people, while it’s very normal to me.

On what occasion would I lie? I occasionally lie when I want to keep polite relationships with people.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? It’s when I can’t find the time to decompress and relax. Sometimes my job could be quite stressing.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? While working, I’m happy when I feel I really am on the right track – good idea, good realization, good timing.

If I could, what would I change about myself? Sometimes I’d like to be less worried about the future. But I actually don’t want to change too much this feature, it helped me many times.

What is my greatest achievement in work? Becoming a professional freelance illustrator is the greatest achievement itself. Everyday I’m proud of it.

What do the words ‘The Financial Freedom to Create’ mean to me? I guess it’s when an artist has enough financial resources to do what he really wants, without worrying about an hypothetical failure.

Where would I most like to live? I’m in love with many cities all around the world, such as Barcelona and San Francisco, but I prefer living here in Italy.

What is my most treasured possession? The ability to turn concepts into images.

What is my most marked characteristic? Maybe resilience.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? The central square.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? One of the many old fashioned osterie (taverns) that serves local food and drinks. My hometown Bologna is plenty of them.

What books influenced my life and how? There are too many. I’ve been influenced a lot by Carlo Emilio Gadda’s La cognizione del dolore.

Who are my favorite writers? Dürrenmatt, Dostoevskij, John Fante.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? The Goldberg Variations played by Glenn Gould.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Tony Soprano! I still consider The Sopranos the best TV series ever.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? People who spend their life trying to do something beautiful and useful.

Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime? “La Strada” by Federico Fellini.

What role plays art in my life and work? A main role. Without art, life wouldn’t have much sense.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My fiancée, who is an artist and illustrator too.

Whom would I like to work with in 2018? Art directors and editors who I deeply admire.

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018? Fellow illustrators and artists from all over the world.

What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? I’ll be focused on editorial and adverting projects as usual, but I wish I’ll find the time to keep working on some personal projects.

Where can you see me or my work in 2018? You can see my work in newspapers, magazines, advertising. Check and my social media for updates of my work. Also, I’ll have an upcoming personal exhibition in January 2018 in Bologna, and you’ll see me here and there at some illustration festivals.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? It means that passion will be with us forever, hopefully!

How can you contact me?

Contacts are in my website

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