Through the particular graphic technique of optical illusion (Optical Art) the artist proposes a work that pays homage to the great French painter Toulouse-Lautrec

"Through art you can tell everything, even the truth".

What inspired you to make your work?
1) In my artistic project I often let myself be inspired by great masters of the past and their most famous works. I don't copy, I steal. This time the work I have chosen to tell is a painting by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec from 1892: “Au lit: le baiser” (“In bed: the kiss”). I project the subjects of the past into the future, to launch a contemporary message and become a testimony of our time.

What role does art play for you in society today?
Through art you can tell everything, even the truth. 

Regarding the theme you addressed with your work, what message do you want to convey to those who will observe it from now on? 
This work has multiple levels of reading. There is inclusion, equality, love, passion, intimacy, eroticism but also the search for complicity and solitude.
Everyone in a subjective way can experience it and feel it in his own way.

Tell us about an episode from your life related to the topic you addressed
The 24-day isolation I experienced during this pandemic has deprived me of the most important human relationships. This experience made me realize that having someone by our side to rely on and feel loved makes us feel stronger and happier.


Andrea Crespi lives and works between Lugano and Milan.
Graduated in industrial product design at the European Institute of Design in Milan (IED), he has focused his career on communication and visual arts.
Andrea Crespi is a visual artist whose work develops in the continuous investigation of different media and themes including optical illusion, social transformation, the digital revolution, materializing in the interpretation of contemporary cultural changes that often see him involved in various initiatives charity and solidarity.
Crespi's research identifies art as an instrument of perception and analysis of truth through a search for beauty, which sometimes manifests itself in an intimate, personal and erotic portrait of the same.
The subjects proposed often rethink cultural icons as a function of a multiple narrative of the reality that surrounds us. Taking advantage of the fluidity of memory, each work redefines itself through the filter of contemporaneity, thus becoming a witness of our time.