On the heels of our recent Pegoretti Reponsorium Bike of the Week post, and continuing the Month of Dario theme, the crack NYC Velo investigative team is initiating a monthly dialogue with Dario Pegoretti, speaking to him directly from his studio in Caldonazzo Italy. The life of this frame builder, his every day, and where he finds his inspiration are a sample of the topics of covered in this ongoing conversation. Cyclists (or fans of cycling, art, machinery, and all things fatta a mano) who are interested in what this artist is up to, the new frame designs he’s working on, the art he’s into, and the wine he’s drinking should stay tuned to the NYC Velo News “blog” and Facebook pages for more.
NYC VELO : Where do you find inspiration? Are there specific artists that you look to (or return to) when thinking of a paint scheme for a frame? From what other sources do you draw from and/or possibly reference in your painting?
DARIO PEGORETTI : Something that I read or I see walking on the street can spark inspiration. Sometimes I scketch on a paper before I make a drawing on the computer and design the paint-scheme. My Ciavete frame (Ciavete frames are a hand painted one at a time, each completely different from the next and based on what ever is inspiring him at the time) paint-schemes generally come from a specific painting or something I might see in a magazine. Some years ago I painted some frames using the colors that are common in the adobe style structures I saw during a visit to New Mexico. I love abstract expressionism. Some specific painters that inspire me, Emilio Vedova , Scanavino, Mathieu and others. I have a passion for street art too, stencils and graffiti. Aboriginal art is full of passion and the colors are amazing. Japanese design and calligraphy intrigues me too.