The first project edition in 2020, starting from via Po, thanks to the next contributions of the visual and performing arts, will gradually animate the arcades of via Nizza, via Sacchi to extend to all 12 km of arcades in the city of Turin. In this first open air exhibition 36 artists showed their great creations.
The artists who have been the first to see their works displayed in this new open-air gallery are: 108, Abel, Andrea Casciu, Aris, Bans, Br1, Camilla Falsini, Corn79, CT, Diego Federico, Droufla, Encs, Fabio Petani, Geometric Bang, Giorgio Bartocci, Howlers, Kiki Skipi, Livio Ninni, Luca Font, Mach505, Mauro149, Moneyless, Mr Fijodor, Nice and the fox, Ninja1, Rems182, Sea Creative, Shekoo, Supe, Truly design Crew, Vesod, Viola Gesmundo, Wasp, Wat, Wens, Wubik.
From the urban artists onwards the arches will not remain empty. The works will become itinerant and in their place other creative paths will be presented: Artists from the Albertina Academy, designers and graphic designers as the protagonists of Graphic Days or Design Weeks. Check out as well the photos from the second edition in 2021 at Via Nizza. Till April 4th there is an open call for the 2022 edition.
“Spazio Portici – Creative Paths” is a project of the City of Turin, Creative Turin and the Contrada Torino Onlus Foundation. The goal is to open spaces for artistic expression under the arcades of the city, focusing attention on the enhancement of creativity with a particular focus on youth. Along the 12 kilometers of arcades will develop over time installations, exhibitions, temporary exhibitions, artistic happenings in order to create a traveling visual path that will help give new life to the arches and to value creativity.
“Spazio Portici – Creative Paths” is not only a new dimension of artistic expression but also a projection of the future of art, integrated with urban spaces in a non conventional. The open-air gallery was strongly desired by the Department of Rights, Youth and Creativity of the City of Turin. The images of the artworks from the first edition were take by photographer Gianluca Platania and Federico Bernini from the Visual Crew.
Guido Bisagni, aka 108, was born in 1978 in Alessandria, where he lives and works. Active on the national graffiti writing scene since the early nineties, he is among the most illustrious names in the movement. He began his career carrying out interventions in abandoned and dilapidated industrial spaces, then bringing the traditional art of graffiti to a pure abstraction to experience the symbolic meaning of form as an ancestral symbol. Without borders or details, the artist’s interventions look like large mysterious black holes.
Artist: 108 – GUIDO BISAGNI
Abel paints portals to other worlds, altars to remind us to become aware, talismans for dark times. After 12 years of art direction and advertising he leaves his job to devote himself to a research that finds its heart in graphics, visual synthesis, the evolution of symbolism and occultism, moved since childhood by the idea that mankind is was sick.
Big Cartel: https://abelbael.bigcartel.com
Born in 1983, Andrea Casciu graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Sassari, where he deepened his artistic research towards painting, sculpture and engraving. Mutability and transformations are the basis of his investigation, Casciu creates associations of images and fantastic worlds that interact with the icon of his face. In his work there is a stubborn self-analysis that daily pushes him to a continuous study of himself and everything that surrounds him. Lives and works in Bologna.
Artist: ANDREA CASCIU
Big Cartel: https://andreacasciu.bigcartel.com
Aris was born in 1978 in Viareggio, where he lives and works. He began his activity as a writer at a young age, painting first on trains and then on wall supports. Very personal style exercises, born from the transformation of letters, lead him to develop sinuous moving graphics close to the abstraction of form, passing from the use of spray cans to acrylics and inks. He has exhibited in numerous galleries and participated in major European events dedicated to street art.
Edo Bansone was born in Turin on 23 October 1985. In 2003 he approached the world of writing starting to frequent the scene and forming the first crews, then becoming part of a real family the Bocca crew, of which he still does part, starting to shoot national and international events. In 2010 he embarks on another side of art, illustration, transforming it into work. From that moment he began his apprenticeship as a tattoo artist, which led him to open the Bansone Tattoo Studio in 2016.
Artist: BANS – BANS ONE – EDO BANSONE
Tattoo Studio: https://www.instagram.com/bansone.tattoo.studio
BR1’s work is full of social content and intends to solicit reflections on the contradictions that contrast the cultural model of the West and the tradition of the peoples bordering the Mediterranean; a contrast that sees the sea itself as a watershed between peoples, as well as underlining the ephemeral nature of that balance that should bind civilizations united by history and which have survived political and religious contrasts for centuries. Through interventions carried out mainly in the public space, in which it favors an ephemeral and spontaneous approach, BR1 investigates the aspects of integration and lack of integration between peoples, the most significant social and political phenomenon of our times, and focuses attention on both crisis of Eurocentric values than that of Western hegemony.
His work is characterized by clean lines, stylized and minimal shapes and strong colors and ranges from editorial illustration to large wall paintings, from design objects to books. His work is characterized by sharp lines, stylized and minimal shapes and strong colors. After classical studies and a diploma in illustration at the IED in Rome, she began working as an illustrator collaborating with Italian and foreign agencies, publishing houses, companies, newspapers and magazines. Between 2016 and 2018 he published three illustrated books. He has participated in several street art festivals and we can find his works throughout Italy and abroad.
Artist: CAMILLA FALSINI
From the beginning his works have been published in all the main street art magazines. He also participates in numerous conferences and exhibitions and creates works of art in many European countries. With various other world-famous artists he created important murals for the redevelopment of urban areas. Promoter of the creation of the ‘Murarte’ project of the city of Turin, Italy, in 2001 he founded “il Cerchio e le Gocce” the first Italian association dedicated to the promotion of urban creativity. In fact, Corn79’s current career is not just about graffiti, but branches out in a heterogeneous and disparate way, free from the continuum: from walls to urban art, to canvas, up to installations. Different materials, media and supports are exchanged to express a research that breaks the boundaries, giving way to an eclectic mix.
Artist: CORN 79
From the first experiments, influenced by the more classic styles of graffiti, he progressively passed to a meticulous research capable of capturing and highlighting the changes in the urban landscape. The fascinations received by graffiti are however present in the phases of this process: the subject-object of his analysis, the techniques used and in part the places chosen for his interventions. The interest in lettering has therefore turned into an expedient for the study of form to the point of reaching, today, a broader research relating to space and contemporary dynamics.
Diego Federico was born in Turin on September 3, 1984. As a result of his studies in graphics, his political beliefs, his passion for the history of the twentieth century, he gradually abandoned the forms of classic writing to devote himself exclusively to typography. The use of typography, therefore, in addition to being part of a personal path, represents an attempt to shift the emphasis from authorship, the backbone of graffiti culture, towards a potentially collective approach. In 2015 he founded the Quiet Propaganda studio.
Artist: DIEGO FEDERICO
Always passionate about art, first as a pastime then as a real focus, he comes into contact with “graffiti” between the late 1990s and early 2000s, finding the magazine AL in his hands; he began his first real experiments on the wall at the age of 16, trying all forms of expression between ups and downs. He graduated in Industrial Design at the Polytechnic of Turin in 2015, in the same year the union between the didactic and professional training and the passion for art led him to clash fully with the world of “glitch”, finding in it the right language with which to be able to express oneself at best.
ENCS 18 was born in Turin in 1979. It took its first steps in hip hop culture in 1994, among the 4 disciplines that enclose it. Writing is king. The constancy in practicing this discipline leads him to evolve his style from letters to characters, or puppet in jargon. Over the years he has taken part in graffiti and urban art events in various locations throughout the country and sometimes even foreign events.
Artist: ENCS 18
Fabio Petani was born in the summer of 1987 in Pinerolo. In the works there is a disordered harmony of lines, shapes and volumes that integrate with each other with soft and harmonious colors mixed with breaking elements. The research analyzes the chemical and molecular aspect of the objects from which a long work of reconstruction of the elements of the periodic table is born; a production that is increasingly rich in details to bring out an organic complexity in continuous evolution.
Artist: FABIO PETANI
He was born in Lodi in 1984 and currently lives and works between Florence and Bari. His artistic career begins with the encounter, in 1998, with the world of graffiti, thanks to many important writers who live and frequent the city of Lodi. His work is based on color, the study of abstract shapes and textures, mixed with characters, animals, objects, which define and characterize the artist’s work. He develops his career in different sectors: mural painting, graphics, illustration and animation. He has carried out several projects of workshops and construction of walls with children and migrants in Italy.
Artist: GEOMETRIC BANG – MATTIA BANG
Big Cartel: https://geometricbang.bigcartel.com
Divided between urban-art and product-design, he is a street-artist who explores the complex relationship between man and the territory in which he lives. Giorgio Bartocci becomes a semi-unaware spokesperson of a creative tension that arises from the constant inputs of contemporary society. Always engaged in his figurative interaction between complex urban structures and their social contexts, on walls and canvases Giorgio recreates a symbolic synthesis of the surreal ‘liquid modernity’ routines that surround us.
Artist: GIORGIO BARTOCCI
The Howlers Crew was born in 2015 from the meeting of two Biellese artists, Francesca Melina (MELISKA) and Gioele Bertin (MORF). The duo immediately cultivated a passion for masonry by trying to connect territories and people through the artistic medium: they intervene in the urban space with the aim of actively modifying its characteristics. On the one hand, there is the desire to reconnect people and places through the experimentation of paths of participation and social involvement; on the other hand, the goal of transmitting their messages through action in the urban environment is strong. Their eclectic spirit has led them to undertake various kinds of paths ranging from masonry to design and graphics.
Artist Duo: HOWLERS – MORF & MELISKA
With photography and especially with the self-portrait, Kiki begins to discover herself, to investigate herself, and within herself, and understands that there is an immense world in her head and in her imagination. Her Milanese parenthesis ends after 3 years, and eager to discover other means that allow her to enter more deeply into her inner world, she decides to return to Sardinia and enroll in the Academy of Fine Arts of Sassari, in painting, which ended in February 2016 His world and his changing personality are present in his productions. His works are dreamlike and simply autobiographical. A continuous search for himself that does not aim at representing the artist’s features, but at suggesting his nature, through forms that are sometimes anguished, other times instinctual and infantile and still others decisive, mature and provocative. A sort of restless, but at the same time, serene daily contemplation. A continuous research, a study of the method, of a language and a logical personal necessity.
Artist: KIKI SKIPI
Livio Ninni was born near Turin in 1989. After specializing studies in photography and graphics, his main interests lead him to devote himself to urban art and graffiti writing at a documentary and artistic level. In fact, he produces several photographic reportages in many Italian cities, investigating the artistic phenomenon and focusing on the action of artists and writers in abandoned spaces.
Artist: LIVIO NINNI
Bergamo 1977. Writer, occasional painter, interested traveler, convinced supporter of tradition and above all of its intrinsic relativity. From graffiti to tattoos passing through works on wood and canvas, the lowest common denominator is the manifest interest in graphics and visual synthesis, functionality and modernism, in the name of the constant search for a meeting point between creation and rationality.
Artist: LUCA FONT
Marco “Macho” Cimberle, born and raised on the outskirts of Turin, is passionate about drawing by copying his grandfather’s watercolor landscapes around northern Italy. The course of study undertaken does not educate him in academic drawing, but the world of graffiti and university studies in Industrial Design keep his creative passion alive. His works represent the symbologies embodied by animals, whose interpretative ambiguity is the main interpretation. His works are inspired by mythological allegories and alchemical symbologies creating a challenge between geometric synthesis and ancient legends.
Artist: MACH505 – MARCO CIMBERLE
Big Cartel: https://mach505.bigcartel.com
Co-founder of the Truly Design collective, he is not satisfied with investigating reality, he transcends it. It lets the viewer enter his own imagination where fears meet, along colorful paths in the midst of nature and metaphysical places.
Artist: MAURO 149
It has its roots in the 1990s graffiti scene and while retaining the strength of its graphic expression, it focuses on the purity of form and the study of geometry as an essential element of origin, understanding and material constitution of nature itself. The type of art he is developing, as well as his name, suggests an investigation into the purity and simplicity of life; the artist’s vision presupposes the rejection of speed, pollution and all contemporary approaches to focus our attention on formal purity and thought.
Artist: MONEYLESS – TEO PIRISI
NICE AND THE FOX
Nice & the Fox was born in Rivoli, in 1986. She graduated in Industrial Design at the Polytechnic of Turin and obtained a Master in Communication from the IED (European Institute of Design). His artistic career begins with digital illustration and then moves on to classical painting techniques, in which he brings graphic and compositional elements typical of digital. He specializes on the subject of the portrait, a subject around which all his artistic research revolves. He currently works and teaches at his art studio in Turin.
Artist: NICE AND THE FOX
Co-founder of the Truly Design collective, Ninja1 is undoubtedly the calligrapher of the group. His works are a fusion of calligrams and lettering, and are inspired by quotes from classical, Greek and Latin culture.
Artist: NINJA 1
MrFijodor tried for years to have a tag like all writers, but in the end he was satisfied with his first name. Child with a strong creative vein, he began by making monsters with LEGO bricks and drawing on the walls of his bedroom. In recent years, his production has been very varied, ranging from installations to thematic murals, but also performances and graffiti, which he has been dealing with since 1994. He creates works whose subjects are usually elementary forms that carry direct and ironically responsible messages; at the base a simple reading key, in order to always be able to dialogue with the user. Very often, his works are marked by a social or ecological criticism, using as a weapon a childishly amazed smile and a spontaneous and direct style, free from complex technical elements.
Artist: MRFIJODOR – FIJODOR BENZO
Profile Page: https://vagabundler.com/sprayer/mrfijodor
Born in 1982, Rems182 is a painter, graphic designer and writer. He is co-founder of the Truly Design collective. Rems182’s art goes from the instinctive nature of his graffiti to the depth of his canvases: animals with noisy colors depicted on urban walls and oil paintings in which he investigates human frailty.
Artist: REMS 182 – EMANUELE RONCO
Fabrizio Sarti, aka Sea Creative, was born in 1977 in Varese. Lives and works in Milan. In the early nineties he began to express his creativity by painting the walls of the city and soon became one of the best known representatives of the movement on the national scene. Over time he replaced the use of sprays with enamels, acrylics and inks, so his style evolved towards a new figurative expression. His characteristic characters have been created throughout Italy to express different motions of the human soul and for this reason always finding a connection with the host territory and communities.
Artist: SEA CREATIVE – FABRIZIO SARTI
Big Cartel: https://seacreative.bigcartel.com
Sheko, a writer from Turin, born in 99. Art became part of his life 5 years ago, thanks to a lucky meeting with Murarte, immediately becoming passionate about lettering and figurative art. He also follows some courses but his self-taught artistic development is characterized by a great desire to overcome his own limits, practicing in abandoned factories and places. 2018/19 is characterized by works on small and large walls, flanked by other artists. Currently he is also involved in illustrations and graphic works.
Artist: SHEKO – SHEKO ONE – SHEKONE
Limone Studioe: https://www.instagram.com/limone10100
Luca Mustaccioli aka Supe, who grew up on the outskirts of Turin, approached urban art thanks to graffiti. Its stylistic peculiarity takes inspiration from classic lettering to new school illustrations. Its artistic peculiarities lie in the technical precision and in the graphic taste, acquired with the artistic studies at the R. Cottini high school with specialization in Design. For more than 5 years he has been working in the field of graffiti and urban art in the Turin area. He has collaborated as a helper for Italian and international artists, professionalizing himself in contemporary muralism.
Artist: SUPE – LUCA MUSTACCIOLI
TRULY DESIGN CREW
Truly Design Crew is a project that was born in Turin in 2003 from a passion for graffiti and visual arts in the broadest sense. Mauro 149, Rems 182 and Ninja1 gradually break away from the aesthetic canons of Graffiti Writing and Street Art to experiment with anamorphic art, bringing the optical experiments of the Renaissance and Baroque to the places of Turin’s industrial archeology.
Crew: TRULY DESIGN – TRULY URBAN ARTISTS
Vesod was born in Turin in 1981 and lives and works in Venaria Reale (TO). His artistic attitude was favored by his father Dovilio Brero, a surrealist painter. Vesod develops an interest in the world of graffiti since the early 1990s. For ten years he has been developing a personal pictorial language in which graffiti plays a central role. Mathematics has an important impact on his works along with Renaissance art and futurism. Vesod harmonizes anatomical proportions and futuristic dynamics. He creates a personal language in which time is considered as a concept, which, closing in solid immaterial forms, crystallizes in a geometric form to revisit the idea of the eternal present.
Artist: VESOD – VESOD BRERO
Viola Gesmundo is an Italian architect and freelance illustrator. Draw on any surface, paper, wood, wall and even leather. Look for the perfect line in a space and follow it. She loves simple and symbolic illustrations and is obsessed with black and red colors. His search for the texture of the city is particular. He lives and works between Turin and Rotterdam, where he participates in the art-in-residence program of the Bad Foundation.
Artist: VIOLA GESMUNDO
The WASP acronym of “Writing And Sketching Projects”, is a crew born in 2007 and is currently formed by Edoardo Kucich alias Eddyone, and Gabriele Guareschi alias Ride, both with previous experiences in the Italian graffiti writing scene. In 2015 they begin to experiment with techniques and styles different from the typical pairing of puppet and graffiti-writing lettering in search of personal language.
Crew: WASP CREW – Writing And Sketching Projects
He approaches the world of Graffiti-Writing in 1996 studying lettering, from trown-up to wild-style. In 1998, together with the Monkeys Evolution collective and other writers in the city, he is committed to finding spaces for free expression for Turin. Work that will later lead to the creation of MurArte. Founding member and first president of Monkeys Evolution, he followed the association in all its fundamental steps: from the first Jam organizations, to advertising interventions for well-known companies, to festivals and to the design of urban aesthetic interventions for private and public entities. Since 2014 he has been studying 3d lettering and realism. Sprays and acrylics are his favorite tools for working on the walls.
Collective: MONKEYS EVOLUTION
He has marked and contributed to writing the history of the Turin scene. Different pseudonyms, many crews, a 360 degree connection with the road.
Born in 1968, he had his first impact with street art in 1988, when, seeing some tired around Turin, he tried to imitate them for a short time. In 95, thanks to DANK, he knows the world of writing by joining his first crew The NSC. Joining the TOTS and subsequently the BOC he thus began to paint on the most disparate urban surfaces. Take part in all the important national and international events such as the Amazing day, the Meeting of stiles, step in the Arena Urban Giant and several others. Since 1999 he has been painting on canvas as a self-taught with various techniques that are still in constant evolution.
OPEN CALL FOR 2022 EDITION
Open Call for the involvement of young Italian urban artists and Piedmont high schools and institutes in the creation of curatorial and creative itineraries under the arcades of Turin through 5 temporary exhibitions The call is part of the “Spazio Portici – Creative Paths” project of the Contrada Torino Onlus Foundation according to a method already tested on two occasions: in via Po in 2020 and in Via Nizza in 2021. There are two sections within the call for the 2022 edition. Professional section: dedicated to professional artists and / or artistic curators. Educational section: dedicated to classes belonging to high schools / institutes of Piedmont. The deadline for the call is 4th April 2022.
Art Project: SPAZIO PORTICI
Open Call till 4th April 2022: https://contradatorino.org/portfolio/opencallspazioportici22
Curator: FONDAZIONE CONTRADA TORINO ONLUS
Photographer: GIANLUCA PLATANIA
Photographer: FEDERICO BERNINI
Visual Crew: https://www.visualcrew.it
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