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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Ouroboros. A limited edition T-shirt

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Ouroboros: the cyclicality of things since the beginning of times.
Two of my signature hands linking themselves as the Ouroboros snake eats its own tail, and closes the circle.
111 on top as my recurrent number, whilst AB AETERNO as the latin for “from eternity”.

Each piece is handprinted in my studio, without any mechanical process or support. My aim was to make every tee as close as a unique crafted piece –despite the seriality– as I could.

Only 30 pieces available.
Get yours >> here <<

 

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A fresh new mural and a nice interview on Doze

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Here’s a picture of a masked figure I recently painted during a small event in Rimini, Italy.

I’m also proud to announce that I’ve been interviewed by the guys at Doze Collective and you can notice this new mural in between the answers, as well as a previously unpublished piece of the Skateboard series.

Here’s a link to the interview. Hope you’ll enjoy both words & pictures!

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Basik x Moneyless x Run – London 2012

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I just noticed about the article Streetartnews.net wrote about the collab I recently made with Moneyless and Run http://www.streetartnews.net/2012/10/run-x-moneyless-x-basik-new-mural-in.html

Sweet. Thanks guys!

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Balaclava & Burzum prints now available

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Balaclava and Burzum, the two prints previously shown at my Men With Beards solo exhibit are now available on the store.
You know you want them!

http://basikboutique.bigcartel.com/

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Fabriclive 63: Digital Soundboy Soundsystem limited edition cover

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So stoked on this limited edition cover I made for Fabric’s Digital Soundboy Soundsystem. Each copy is slightly different due to a hand printing process. They’re going to be sold today at London’s Independent Label Market in Spitalfields. Only 26 copies available. Get them while they last!

Fabric stated:
“This is the first time in the 10 year history of the fabric & FABRICLIVE series that an artist’s likeness has appeared on the cover art.”


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos: ©Fabric London

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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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Painting at Meltin’Pot: recap.

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I’ve had a really good time painting a few days ago at the Meltin’Pot event I previously wrote about.
Nice people, nice atmosphere and some old friends who popped up at the store to have a chat. Good to see you guys.
Now let the pictures talk (thanks Marco):

 

 

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