Stravagante Art

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STRAVAGANTE
HOSTEL + RAME

Externally characterized by a minimal architecture, the internal places of Stravagante Hostel reproduce the style chosen by RAME: a new project that has the goal to regenerate and increase culture in neglected or daily frequented places. Restoration works with urban art that recover little parts of our city within the underground culture with graffiti and street art. We want to add value to public spaces, neighborhoods or private walls donating new colors, messages and vibrations to the old things.

THE ARTISTS

KOES

Andrea Crestani, AKA Koes, is 36, he’s from Bassano del Grappa and he’s a graphic designer, silk-screen printer, and illustrator. Close to the 90’s graffiti syle. With a few friends, 10 years ago gave life to Infart, one of the biggest Italian street art festivals. He’s part of the Overspin crew that takes him at tight with the wall and uban spaces. He travels and takes part at many graffiti festivals in Europe, passing through Pamplona, Wiesbaden, Sofia and many others. This path sharpens his instinctive, immediate and polyhedric side. During the years he developed a style that fuse together writing and graphic passing through the study of support: animals, real characters, letters that resemble decorations are the result of a continuous search and experimentation of geometrical forms harmony and their interaction with the sorroundings. He lived for some time in Stoccolm and that was fundamental for him: the scandinavian attitude who has always fascinated him arrived to enclose him with nature that became the main character and signature of his work. He has his communication studio, CRE, based in Bassano del Grappa, specialized in the research and realization of ideas using graphics, illustrations and graffiti.

LUCA FONT

Luca Font’s carrer started in 1994 as a graffiti writer, activity that still continues even after 20 years. His works have been published in every Italian graffiti magazine: Aelle, Arcano Revue, Collage, Defrag,Garage, Graff Zoo, Juice Mag, Ill Fame, Subway Net- including sites like: Stradanove, Invisible, Taz Report, Wildstylers, Brixia Fame, just for saying. Here in Italy as well his work was included in the book Graffiti Writing (Mondadori Electa - 2008). Abroad he appeared on the most esclusive magazines as: Xplicit Grafx, Beautiful/Decay website (Ekosystem, Cityfox, Eyegasm) and he appeard in two books: Art of Rebellion and Action Writing. Luca Font is known in the international scene as one of the first ones who abbandoned the traditional approach to graffiti in favor of one closer to graphics and typography. The never-ending research of new ways to express himself brought Luca Font to develop the art of tatoos, starting in 2001 as apprentice at Skin Fantasies studio in Bergamo. Today he is one of the most famous tatooist requested at local and international level, he’s so famous for his style that mixes together traditional american style with graffiti, poster art, graphic design, architecture and italian art of 20th century. Illustration is another cornerstone of his polyhedric activity: he draws covers of books, CDs, events posters and streetwear brands collections. During the years Luca Font has developed an unmistakable dialectic that now makes him an one a kind of artist. His culture and sensibility can be seen in his works. Attention for colors, line and surfaces show a deep knowledge of topic. He mixes together graphic art and sculpture who give life to his works. Layer and different surfaces are juxtaposed, building a three-dimentional flat object.

PEETA

Manuel di Rita grew up in a little city near Venice, he got himself known from the 90’s as a writer AKA Peeta. The main purpose of his compositions (paintings, sculptures, and compositions on walls) is the geometrical inteaction between forms and the surrounding place. The main aim of painting directly on walls is to create a dialogue between the background, architectonic or not, within the structural and cultural guidelines that caracherize them. At the beginning his works tried to express the plastical qualities of single letters and in particulary the ones that compose the pseudonimus Peeta. After all this, the fusion between the pure lettering and the three-dimensional style evolved until he created a constituent visual rhythmical equilibrium. Nowadays by means of anamorphic painting that redesigns illusionarly the volumes of the involved surfases; the aim of his works is to determinate a temporary suspantion of normality, suggesting an alterate perception of familiar things: a new conception of spaces and of the whole reality. Metaphorically, the aim is to neutralize preconceived and stimulate the birth of new points of view. The anamorphism represents the attempt to show the misleading of human perception, across optical games that start from the attempt to give a three-dimensional interface to a painting, this ends to show their capacity to mislead. The anamorphism himself brought to change the shapes of his painting, which have changed from soft and morbid forms to irregular geometrical solids. Simultaneously from his painting activity, sculpture was fundmental for all his works because it represents the possibility to get in touch with three-dimensionality, and so a source to increase and develop the shapes and relationship between light and surfaces comprehension. Today Peeta is a multidisciplinary artist. His works brought him, above the years to spread his art through Italian boundaries and thanks to festivals and international exibitions it landed to every continent.

LUCAMALEONTE

1983 class, he was born in Rome where he still lives and works, now. He gratuated at the Central Institute of Restoration, he takes contact with the Street Art movement in 2001. Passionate history, drawing and painting scholar. His first street works were homemade stickers: very easy sticker papers drew with markers. The drawings faded in a shorter time, than the one neeeded to develop them, because of the use. So he starts to use the first masks and understand that stencil is the best tecnique to produce his works. His constant attention to details and his interest for ancient printing tecniques, xilography and etching, produce an one in a kind style for his stencil works allowing him to create imagines that resemble photographys. Passionate with ancient medieval barns and bothanics, he starts to choose from his books pictures of animals and plants and to represent them graphically. He takes inspiration from classical greek and roman art, etruscan art and also medieval and renaissance barns; he is one of the few in the world who uses masks and paint to create very elaborated multilevel stencils, juxtaposing lots of paint coats. To sign his walls and works he uses frequently a figure in which he resembres himself: a regular but multifaced figure. Lots of his works see this geometrical figure at the centre from which develop animal or floral figures to the outside as a true natural explosion.