Sardinia Tour part 1: Hello Ciredz!

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I’ve been recently traveling through beautiful Sardinia and, while enjoying warm weather and spectacular beaches, I had the opportunity to leave my mark on some abandoned places.

The first step has been to hang out with local lad Ciredz. We spent some time together on a secret spot he found, collaborating on a mural, surrounded by woods & prickly pears (and nasty mosquitos).

More pieces will follow. Stay tuned!

Collaboration with Ciredz - Secret spot in Sardinia, 2015

Collaboration with Ciredz - Secret spot in Sardinia, 2015

Collaboration with Ciredz - Secret spot in Sardinia, 2015

Collaboration with Ciredz - Secret spot in Sardinia, 2015 (detail)

Collaboration with Ciredz - Secret spot in Sardinia, 2015 (detail)

Collaboration with Ciredz - Secret spot in Sardinia, 2015 (detail)

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Painting with Tellas

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My friend Tellas came to town and we finally managed to do a collaboration on wall. Such a nice way to spend the afternoon.

Combo with Tellas - Rimini 2015

Combo with Tellas - Rimini 2015

Combo with Tellas - Rimini 2015

Combo with Tellas - Rimini 2015

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St. Anthony Seduced by The Infinite – RE/UR

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I’ve recently been invited to paint on a 5×5 m wall of a campus in Pesaro by the nice chaps behind RE/UR – Reperti Urbani, a new urban art project.

‘St. Anthony Seduced by The Infinite’ is a piece part of my ongoing series focused on a personal and contemporary take on classical art themes.

The saint is here tempted by the promise of eternal life, represented by a reverse pig’s skull (the hog is in fact one of the saint’s classical symbols often depicted close to his figure).

On bottom right the latin words Ad æternum (forever).

St. Anthony seduced by the Infinite - Pesaro 2015

St. Anthony seduced by the Infinite - Pesaro 2015

St. Anthony seduced by the Infinite - Pesaro 2015

St. Anthony seduced by the Infinite - Pesaro 2015

Panoramic pic © Gabriele Galassi.

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Vertigo Truth, a project at Mutoid Waste Co. base

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Here’s my last work in Mutonia (italian home of Mutoid Waste Co.), for a project called Vertigo Truth, which includes about 20 other artists and friends, such as Gola, Ericailcane, Moneyless, Dem, Run and many others.

I painted on the former house of Kenny, a dj and musician and one of the original inhabitants of this crazy community.

The painting features a frontal tribute of Stefano Maderno’s sculpture, the “Martyrdom of Saint Cecilia”, a noble roman woman and early martyr which later became titled as protector of musicians; it’s followed by a branch resembling a natural diapason, with the Phylosophical pitch value by its side.

On the side a seven-pointed stars that thinly wants to remind the seven chords of Orpheus’ lyra, used by the ‘first of all artists’ to charm every living thing.

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Pics by Marco Montanari.

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An art residency in Sicilia

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It’s been a while since my last post, I admit I’ve been a bit lazy about this blog so, time for some nice update!

I spent the month of April in Sicilia for an art residency part of the I ART project, which gave me (and about 30 more artists) the opportunity to work on some good project.

I was located in the town of Misterbianco, close to the beautiful city of Catania, where I had the chance to paint a nice wall of the local auditorium facing the marvelous mount Etna. A perfect location for my homage to this land.

‘Thauma (The Temptation of Saint Anthony)’ is a personal take on the temptations of Saint Anthony the Abbot, which has been a widely depicted theme in Arts history, from Beato Angelico to Bosch, from Max Ernst to Salvador Dalì.

Saint Anthony, commonly venerated for his protection from fire, is Misterbianco’s patron, as the town celebrates the saint every year since its destruction by a severe Etna’s eruption in 1669, then rebuilt anew closer to the coastline.

Hands casting animals in the chinese shadows play are protracted to poke St. Anthony, which is instead represent by an abstract geometrical golden figure at the center of the scene.

The central word “Thauma” is the greek for wonder, as a celebration of the land surrounding mount Etna (the painting is in fact facing the volcano). Nonetheless the greek letter T or “Tau” is a common symbol defining St. Anthony.

My signature colour palette is now contextualized to the very specific elements of the area: black as lava stone, red as fire (lava) and gold for the visually richness and folkloristic exaggerations of local religious processions and, of course, Sicilian baroque.

 

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That New-New Limited Edition Goodness (Yes It’s Christmas Time!)

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Some of the late minute xmas gift buyers and things-with-a-number-and-signature-on fanatics might be happy to know that I recently released a couple of new limited edition prints.

The first one’s a screen print made in collaboration with the guys at Viavai Project. “Omnia Mutantur” is named and inspired after the first mural I painted in Racale, during the last summer for the aforementioned Viavai, an unconventional public art project in southern Italy.

It’s printed in two colors, black plus a laminated gold foil on a 50×70 cm (19.7×27.5 in).
50 copies only, signed, numbered and certified by the artist.

You can get one by sending an email to: viavaiproject@gmail.com

 

I also teamed up with Bonobolabo Shop and Gallery for this fine skate deck printed in 3 colors, inspired by the same piece I made at CISIM in Ravenna in 2013

“A Path Of Struggle Through A Kingdom And Its Crown” is limited to 30 pieces only, of which 15 come with an exclusive hand-pulled gold leaf finish, signature and numbered 1 to 15.

Whether you’re going to shred it or hang it, get yours at bonobolabo.com

 

Last but not least, I still got a bunch of linoleographies in my shop. There’s just a couple of Handskull prints left, waiting to be hanged on a nice wall, a few copies of Franciscus Et Seraphim print with hand-pulled golden foil and much more stuff to be collected. Whoot!

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Art Basel Miami 2014 Recap

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December’s first week in Miami is quite hectic. Art basel Miami, Scope and many other art fairs attract a huge number of visitors, art buyers, collectors and, of course, artists. Together with some good friends and artists from Italy (2501, Gola and Zamoc), I decided to pay a visit for the first time to this kind of great circus, located mostly in the art district called Wynwood, a once poor and industrial area which is rapidly gentrifying due to the art business, carrying on itself all the social pros and cons related to this fast shift.

A few days after our arrival we found this wall of Vice Gallery in Wynwood. The owners were kind enough to let me, Gola and Zamoc to paint a collab. This unusual blend of our three styles aim to symbolizes the connection between man, nature and animal.

I chose to paint a portrait of Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta, ancient ruler of my hometown. Challenged by the intense use of colors of my two mates, I went for the experimental way, adding for the first time a palette of dark tone colors to my usual preponderant black. My piece is a homage to a much more old and important Sigismondo’s portrait made on fresco by italian master Piero Della Francesca.

 

A few days passed and luckily I was again painting a wall: this time on the front of Yo Amo 305 Gallery (thank you Alex!), where I did this solo piece that resembles the study table of a scholar (the door was previously painted by 2501).

See you Miami, it’s been a blast!

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Shit Art Fair 2

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Shit Art Fair is an unconventional and unauthorized art takeover recently set up in Turin by the guys behind Guerrilla Spam, during an intense week of art fairs and events involving the city.

This second installment at the Parco del Valentino’s tunnel comes with a good number of paste-ups featuring works of some of the finest Italian urban artists. The pieces will stand up as long as someone or aging (or both) will take ’em down I guess.

I’m proud to be part of this project with a portrait of Georg Baselitz. Contra Patrem is the latin for ‘against the father’ and refers to Baselitz’s famous quote: “I had always loved expressionist painting, like every European. In fact I admired it all the more because these were precisely the paintings despised by my father’s generation.”


Pics ©Alberto Della Beffa, Livio Ninni & Spam

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Room With A View

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I’ve been invited, together with Martina Merlini, to an event that took place in my town Rimini at the beginning of July. The two curators transformed Villa Manzi, a dismissed hotel in front of the beach, in a 3-stories container of art, photography and music.

Martina and I took over a room and filled it with a blend of our (so) different styles, turning an old and modest space with a view on the seaside to -let’s call it- a mess in three dimensions to surround the viewer.

Martina’s part follows her recent pieces on wax, in which she works on a sort of ‘controlled chaos’ of forms, colors and elements, whilst my series of six subjects is based on transitions / solids and empties, as the thumb holds in sequence all the fingers. There’s some tricky detail on my sequence: ideally, the third hand would have a wrong gesture if we consider the rhythm of the sequence itself, but takes anyway its “empty space” thanks to the missing door and gives a balance to the picture.

But the most interesting part of the whole collaboration is for sure the blending of Martina’s dense, colorful abstract part with my minimal and essential figurative work, so I’d say there’s also a macro-transition from two opposites: chaos to order, color to b&w, abstract to figurative and so on…

It’s been super fun and challenging to work with Martina, especially trying to achieve a consistent harmony between her informal work and my figurative pieces.

Some pics by Davide Farabegoli

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Traffic Design 2014

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I just came back from Gdynia, Poland, where I had the pleasure to be the game starter of Traffic Design 2014.
The guys who set up this nice festival were kind enough to find a proper wall for my piece.

The subject casts the good old ‘thumb stealing’ trick, while the black robe with gold highlights is a tribute to the work of italian master Duccio di Buoninsegna. On top lies the latin word omissis, referring to both the gesture and the distinctive figure’s framing in the façade.

Thank you Gdynia, had some awesome time with you!

Thanks to the Festival for the pics.

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