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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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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