A Major Minority, Group Show At 1AM Gallery

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I’m proud to be part of this huge collective opening just today at 1AM Gallery in San Francisco. The show, curated by Graffuturism, features A4 format works of monsters of art from around the world. I’m showing three works which are linked to each other by their meaning.

You can read a recap of the show here: 1, 2, 3 and full essay here.

Franciscus Et Seraphim
The piece refers to St. Francis receiving the stigmata from Seraphim (VI refers to seraphim’s six wings). Laudato Sie comes in fact from St. Francis’ Canticle of The Sun.
St Francis is both patron of the city of San Francisco and Italy.

Ausonia
It’s the ancient name of the italian peninsula. The Oak’s leaf originates from a detail of Italy’s current emblem, as symbol of strength.
Immota Manet is the latin for “it stand still” and comes from a Virgil’s text, celebrating the ability of the oak tree to grow roots deep in the ground to stand still.

It’s linked to the first piece as the Italian peninsula is the birthplace of St Francis.

Celebratio Lupi
Two hands casting a wolf shadow which refer to Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta who has been the ruler of my hometown Rimini during the 15th Century.

Sigismondo was called “the Wolf of Rimini” due to his skills in war. During his reign he also commissioned to some of the most known artists of that time, such as Piero della Francesca, Leon Battista Alberti, Agostino di Duccio and Matteo De’ Pasti, a new look for the local St. Francis church, later called Tempio Malatestiano.

It’s one of the most recognizable and important renaissance monuments of Italy and it’s been built essentially to celebrate the House of Malatesta rather than God, as Sigismondo was not a religious man. The monument has never been finished though, as he lost several wars and couldn’t get enough funds to complete it.

S and I refer to Sigismondo’s emblem (it looks like the dollar symbol).
MCCCCL is the year stated on a celebrative medal made by Matteo De’ Pasti depicting the Tempio Malatestiano and it’s one of the few existing items depicting a finished version of the building.

It’s linked to the first piece as Sigismondo has later been buried in the church of St. Francis/Tempio Malatestiano, the very same one he wanted to get re-built as a celebration of his House.

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Tabula Aut Mortem. My upcoming show at AvantGarden Gallery

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Tabula Aut Mortem (literally the latin for “skate or die”) is my upcoming show, alongside with Muriel (a talented photographer of the national skate scene) at AvantGarden Gallery in Milan.

Opening Friday 14th february, the show will include a full body of work of my previously called “skateboard series”, a tribute to that masters of art, such as Jim Phillips and Vernon Courtland Johnson, just to name a few, who designed some of the most beautiful illustrations on deck during the 80’s and early 90’s.

But taking inspiration on existing artworks like the famous Tony Hawk Chicken Skull or Rob Roskopp Eye, and reworking them with my style, thoughts and influences has been also a very good excuse to bring myself into small installations, where the painting is only a part of a more complex work.

TAM will also feature a series of national and international living legends portrayed on photographic posters by Muriel, who has documented skating scene since several decades and co-founded one of the first skate mags of my country.

Tabula Aut Mortem
14th feb – 1st mar 2014
Opening 14th february – h 19:00  (7:00 pm)

C/o AvantGarden gallery
Via Cadolini, 29
Milano – Italy

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My works at Time To Shine Gallery LA

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While I was in Los Angeles during the last february I had the opportunity to do some work for Time To Shine Gallery in Downtown LA on 7th & Mateo.
This couple called Pœnas Solvis / Pœnas Non Solvis is currently part of this month group show.

“Pœnas Solvis”
61 x 61 cm / mixed media on canvas

“Pœnas Non Solvis”
61 x 61 cm / mixed media on canvas

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Men With Beards show – full photoset

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I have received this fresh bunch of pictures from my friend Carlos, who shooted the whole making-of and the opening of the solo show I had during the last may at The Flying Egg gallery in London.
Now you can properly figure out how it came out.

Enjoy!

 

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Men With Beards – one more day

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Hey folks,
I’m very glad to announce that my personal show at The Flying Egg art space will stay up one more day than previously thought.
So if you missed the opening get your chance to see my works at the finissage, this thursday 17th may, 6 to 9 pm.

Thursday evening’s going to be hectic for the whole Vyner st., with fresh new openings at Cultivate, Hada Contemporary and Vyner Street Gallery as well.

Here’s a sneak peek:

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Men With Beards. A solo exhibition in London

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My first solo show in London aims to be a celebration of a gentleman’s true accessory.

Used by men as a look improvement since ages, growing a beard has then unrighteously faded since the early decades of 20th century to present, even marked as bad by today’s society.

This hectic series wants to revamp beards as a noble embellishment, to demonstrate their true expressionist face empowerment.

Shaved faces are boring.

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I Love My Deck goes to Berlin

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Sorry for the lack of posts lately… A nice thing happened: We just brought the exhibition I Love my Deck to Berlin! You can see the show at Clarknova openlab, which is located in Tellstrasse 8, Neukölln.

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I Love My Deck

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If you’re lucky enough to be in Italy and precisely in Romagna county you can’t miss this collective expo at Wadada, a nice bar/gallery in Rimini city. Only painted skateboards by five artists: Arko, Enko,MozoneTomoz and me. Vernissage party on this sunday, 27th february.

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