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    “Beyond Walls” by Saype in Venice, Italy

    Artist and innovator Saype presents his new creation, making Venice part of his Beyond Walls global human chain. The work, which is sailing through the Serenissima on the occasion of the Biennale Art, has been unveiled on April 21.Giant biodegradable landart painting by French-Swiss artist Saype from the Beyond Walls project on Friday April 15, 2022 on a floating barge in Venice, Italy. Extending over an area of 8 by 30 meters this fresco was created using biodegradable pigments made out of charcoal, chalk, water and milk proteins. The piece will travel in and around Venice and will be unveiled during the Biennale Arte 2022 59th International Art Exhibition. (Valentin Flauraud for Saype)An exhibition dedicated to Beyond Walls is held at Torre di Porta Nuova dell’Arsenale Nord. To open the exhibition, Karole Vail, Director of the Peggy Guggenheim Museum, and Francesca Lavazza, Board member of the Lavazza Group, will join Saype for a meeting entitled “Art and Sustainability”, a paradigm that perfectly sums up the ephemeral and striking nature of the artist’s work.  “Beyond Walls” is a monumental project launched by Saype based on a premise: the world is polarized, a part of the population has chosen to withdraw into itself. However, Saype underlines it:“I am deeply convinced that it is together that humanity will be able to respond to the different challenges it will have to overcome“.It is from this conviction that the desire was born to share a positive message of mutual aid and common effort throughout the world by symbolically creating the largest human chain ever made in the world.The project started in 2019 from Paris, at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, and travels the world from city to city with the ambition to cross the 5 continents and connect people from all over the world.Saype creates monumental frescoes on grass, earth, sand and snow. Inventor of an eco-responsible painting, he is recognized as the pioneer of an artistic movement that jointly honors street art and landart. His innovative approach and technique earned him a 2019 Forbes Magazine nomination as one of the thirty most influential people under thirty in art and culture. New York, Paris, Geneva, Cape Town, Turin, Dubaï, Nairobi, Istanbul, Ouagadougou, Miami, (…) his poetic and ephemeral works travel around the world to impact mentalities in respect of nature.Take a look below for more photos of the project. More

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    “Heavy Meal” Series by Biancoshock in Milan, Italy

    Biancoshock is back with a new series of artwork in Milan. The artist’s installations “Heavy Meal” are painted concrete backpacks that criticize the work of food delivery riders and their daily effort.“In a democratic society, job is a basic tool for civil and economic progress. What progress can there be if job’s world does not produce emancipation, growth and gratification? In example, the work of food-delivery riders is dictated by algorithms that extend the functions of control and distribution of numbers to become inaccessible, authoritarian and categorical.”“CO-BRANDING” in Milan, 2022“The algorithm imposes a path, rhythms, distances to be bridged (those between the rider and the consumer) and other unbridgeable ones (those between the rider and the management of the company that produces the algorithm and the goods to be delivered). The need to survive in this system transforms young people, students and the unemployed into ‘new generation slaves’.”“CO-BRANDING” in Milan, 2022 — Transforming the name of the 3 most famous food-delivery brands into a sentence that describes the principles of globalization. The concrete bags represent the daily effort we must make to endure the heavy consequences of the era of “I want everything and I want it now”“Every day they are forced to bear a constant burden caused by the lack of rights, by underpaid and irregular contracts, by the lack of comparison and relationship as well as the total absence of insurance assistance. And every day that backpack will weigh more and more, as if it were filled with concrete.”“JUST NEET” in Milan, 2022 — “Stop being a slave to laziness, just be a slave.”“JUST NEET” in Milan, 2022“SLAVEROO” in Milan, 2021 — “Old stone, new slavery.”“SLAVEROO” in Milan, 2021 More

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    “Liber Libellula” by Jair Martinez in Turin, Italy

    Street artist Jair Martinez recently worked on a new project entitled “Liber Libellula”in Settimo Torinese, Turin, Italy. The mural is part of the Insieme Si Può Fare Project, which involves young people and fights educational poverty.Nature and the sky are the canvas for this illustrated story in which big trees, as far as the eye can see, create a stage where nature takes the leading role and inspires us. A body of water reflects the space via light and dark colours that tell the story of our paths all the way until ideas make an appearance, Muses, flashes of light: our passions.Symbolic elements fluctuate before the Muses: the violin evokes music, the dance shoe makes us think of theatre and dance, a home – the place where our passions are born and grow. All of these are a clear call to the House of Music, the Song in itself.The ‘Liber Libellula’ graffiti tells a story of freedom, change, grace, balance, transformation, hope – all embodied by the totem insect: the dragonfly. A heraldic emblem of joy and happiness, of love, of hope and of transformation. It is born in the water, but it flies away finishing its own life up in the air. For the Japanese, the dragonfly is a recurrent symbol; for the ancient native Americans dragonflies represented the soul of their dead; for the Mayas they represented Ixchel, the nocturnal deity related to medicine, the lunar rainbow lady of creativity and rebirth.Check out below for more photos of the project. More

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    New Murals by Andrea Casciu in Bologna, Italy

    Street artist Andrea Casciu recently shared some fresh works on the walls of Bologna, Italy. These series of murals entitled “Piscis Volans” and “Camaleonte” (which translates to Flying Fish and Chameleon) features his signature style of bold, defined outlines and striking colors. Both of his works show a combination of faunas and flora merging into one body.Andrea Casciu was born in 1983. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Sassari where he deepened his artistic research towards painting, sculpture and engraving.Casciu creates associations of images and fantastic worlds which dialogue with the silhouette of his face. Changeability and transformations are the basis of his image.In his work there is an obstinate self-analysis that pushes him daily and a continuous study of himself and everything surround him.Check out below for more photos of Andrea Casciu’ work. More

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    “Ampelo” by Vittorio Valiante in Guardia Sanframondi, Italy

    Urban artist Vittorio Valiante shares his recent piece in Guardia Sanframondi, Campania, Italy. The mural entitled “Ampelo”, the personification of the grapevine and lover of Dionysus in Greek and Roman mythology. He was a satyr which fate was turning into a Constellation or the grape vine.Valiante’s art always expresses itself with the same quality as of a painted canvas. His subjects are full of realism and beauty. His portraits are usually characterized with intense gazes that makes the viewer wonder – who of the two is actually observing and who is only seeing. More

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    “It Takes A Flower” by Etsom in Ascoli Piceno, Italy

    Italian artist Etsom recently worked on a new mural entitled “It Takes A Flower” as part of the “Arte Pubblica” project of the Associazione Culturale Defloyd event from 27 September to 1 October in Ascoli Piceno.In addition to being an art form, urban art can be used as a powerful means to convey a message. Starting from this assumption, the ANFFAS Onlus Association of Ascoli Piceno, as part of the “It takes a flower” project, created in collaboration with the Carisap Foundation, has decided to create a mural on the theme of nature.The mural is located at the entrance walls of the former Sanatorium, in Via delle Zeppelle, 84 in Ascoli Piceno, Marche, Italy.The composition on the left, within which the muzzle of a dog is depicted, not only refers to the knowledge of nature interacting together with animals, but also represents the creativity and imagination that, if stimulated, will allow you to look at things from a different perspective.On the right side, the mural shows a sprout that is born between the hands that symbolizes the birth of something new – where the seed of inclusion and participation has been planted.Check out below for more photos of Etsom’s “It Takes A Flower”. More

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    Artist Retrospective: Blu

    BLU is a talented street artist from Bologna, Italy. He has been active in street style scene since 1999. Blu began painting graffiti with spray paint. He quickly gained recognition and fame by painting a graffiti series in the suburbs of Bologna. When he started painting walls he worked with spray paint, but as his appetite for beautifying industrial sites grew, so did his tools.Over the next few years into the early 2000s, Blu’s graffiti style transformed thanks to his growing use of house paint. He makes massive murals all over the world. In doing what he loves, BLU tries as much as possible, to emphasize the message he’s sending. Art is important, not recognition.A name is nothing in comparison to the artistic value of a painted wall. Many of his murals were never signed, many of them were destroyed by the artist himself, but his integrity is incorruptible. He believes in freedom of information and stands firmly on his system of open source belief“La Pandemia” in Campobasso, Italy, 2020“La Pandemia” depicts a dystopian scenario of giant pandas that invade a city and destroy everything. It is located on the façade of the Alphaville cinema. “La Pandemia” was made in collaboration with Draw The Line 2020, a street art festival in Italy organized by Malatesta Associati.Mural in Quarticciolo, Rome, 2019Mural in La Punta, Valencia, Spain, 2018La Punta is a pedestrian garden located in the south of the city of Valencia, where, for more than 15 years, the port of Valencia sealed one of the darkest chapters in the history of the destruction of the Valencia district with the deportation of a hundred families, depriving them of their way of life and sweeping through fields and houses, to give the port an enormous development land.The Italian artist brought to life another of his signature artworks to life. The piece shows containers being built as a pyramid by local families from La Punta. Another striking work by Blu which shows the power of Urban Art.“No TAV” in Susa, Italy, 2016“La Cuccagna” in Campobasso, Italy, 2017“La Cuccagna”, this title of the work shows Blu creating one of his personal criticism of our society and our modern life system. BLU proposes a strong representation of the systems that move modern society which are triggering an incredible narrative sequence, full of problems and different issues hidden within every layer.Mural in Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2016Mural in Via Del Porto Fluviale, Rome, Italy, 2014The Italian artist painted this largest and one of his most complex pieces with this majestic mural showing a series of heads. As usual with the Italian artist, the piece is filled with a million of details and tiny characters which can only be appreciated in the flesh.Mural in Mexico, 2015Mural in Casa Dei Pazzi in Rome, Italy, 2015Mural in Porto Torres, Italy, 2016The mural on Porto Torres shows a large head breaking away as a puzzle and morphing into human forms. The pieces are falling back into place which gives a glimpse of hope with a potential unity that can be achieved for the human race.“A House For Everyone” in Bergamo, Italy, 2016For more updates on the talented Italian artist, make sure to check out and follow our #BLU page! More

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    “Natura Morta” by REKA in Bari, Italy

    Australian artist James Reka aka “REKA” & “Reka One” has recently finished a mural entitled “Natura Morta” / Still Life in San Paolo quarter of Bari, Italy. ‘Natura Morta’ is an abstract representation of a bowl of sliced fruit and floral elements. The 5-storey mural was invited to take part part of a larger mural project – QM SanPaolo, an urban museoformation project curated by Stefano S. Antonelli and Gianluca Marziani.“This mural marks a new direction in style and content for me, steering away from the figurative to pure abstraction. Looking forward to what is in the near future, Reka stated”James Reka stands as one of Australia’s most respected contemporary artists, having earn’t his place in the National Gallery of Australia’s permanent collection. While currently based in Berlin, Germany. His origins lie in the alleyways and train lines of Melbourne’s inner-suburbs, where he spent over a decade refining his now-emblematic aesthetic and pioneering of a new style of street art in Australia as part of the Everfresh crew.Surrealist, abstracted characters emerge from the depths of Reka’s mind, communicating through strong lines, bold colours and post-cubist styling. Theses figures live in the homes and laneways of three continents, clambering up walls and enriching the urban environment with his iconic visual language.With influences in pop culture, cartooning and illustration, Reka’s studio style emerged from his early design practice, featuring striking lines and colour ways. Over time, the logos and symbols he created evolved into more structured, animated forms and evolved to new mediums: murals, photography, and most recently sculpture. More