$10 Karl Dollars; $10 Che Dollars; $10 Mao Dollars all 2015
Spray paint, chemical transfer silkscreen and acrylic on canvas, £2,200 each
120 x 50 cm
Courtesy of the artist
After 15 successful and lucrative years trading convertibles at Deutsche Bank, Italian Diego Farneti resigned to become the artist he wanted to be at 18 – causing familial alarm: “Frankly, when I left my job [my parents] thought I’d gone nuts.” However, his decision has been vindicated: his work is selling well.
Farneti hand-cuts the intricate stencils for his screen prints, over which he applies dripped and sprayed paint, marker pen and tea to create one-off pieces frequently inspired by the world of finance.
These works, based around the $10 bill, acknowledge the economic rise of China, the re-emergence of Cuba and that the country which professes Marxism and communism has produced the most billionaires in the world.
When not creating art, Farneti heads up an arm of the charity FoodCycle. Every Sunday, he cooks a three-course meal for 25 people who are at risk of food poverty, using produce that supermarkets would otherwise have thrown away.
Hedge, issue 36, August 2015, pp60-68