Here is an interview with Alban Allegro, painter, trained at arts school in Milan and now an art teacher at EPAC. He explains why he loves to share his passion for painting with students and how he sees professional life for artist.
"Why did you become a teacher?
I became interested in teaching late in life. At the end of my studies, I had the chance to embark on a career in the art world, after 25 years in Italy as a painter, I returned to Switzerland.
Patricia Abderhalden contacted me to offer me a painting class at her school and took the occasion to start teaching. First occasional classes with the workshops, then the painting course.
I immediately liked the exchanges with the students, the possibility of being able to share my experience in the art world with young artists in the making. This is a great reason become an artist and a teacher.
For an artist, what can you expect from an international career?
Artists generally seek to make their work known locally, nationally or internationally, each of these three spheres generates specific problems and benefits. It's a bit like football, there is Real de Madrid, FC Sion and FC Saxon but to play, to create is in itself a beautiful and rewarding thing.
What do you like to convey to the students?
I try to transmit, through the processes of creation and the analysis of works, elements that lead students to discover and develop their creative potential.
With Covid, how are you living these last weeks and the lessons online?
I live most of the time in my studio. The pace is slow with the situation but that does not bother me. It has encouraged me to revisit and review old works accumulated over time. A body of work needs to be appreciated and stand the test of time. As Gianna Nannini sang in the 80s “il tempo è like un killer”.
Online teaching is a new experience for me, but it's still teaching Painting. Everything is going well but I prefer classes face to face with students.
What did EPAC bring you?
It is especially the presence and work of students that brings EPAC to life. The many exchanges we have on art in general, on painting, on the idea of creation, fantasy, innovation and research produce moments of humanity. A precious commodity at the start of the 21st century.