New work commissioned by the Building Group
The work of the street artist opens the courtyard of the new house in the heart of the Quadrilatero
Turin, 3 May 2019 – The courtyard of Quadrato, the contemporary home and urban relais of the Building Group, opens up to art and the city with a work by PixelPancho. The famous street artist from Turin has just created Eaten by feelings, a painting of the vein that the artist calls Mother Nature, open from tomorrow in the courtyard of Via delle Orfane 18 in Turin. Pixel Pancho has designed a feminine face in the court of Quadrato with a robotic soul on which the luxuriant nature with flowers and leaves that cover its features prevails. A work that reflects on the plague of femicide.
“In my hometown, I realized Eaten by feelings. In the last month I was in Italy where I heard about a lot of violence against women. Like them, I hear too many episodes of racism towards people who escape from poverty, looking for “Our society is a better future. I find it important to give voice to those who, like the weakest, suffer these discriminations. My work is dedicated to those who suffer these horrors. I will always fight for a better world,” PixelPancho said.
The choice of Building Group is dictated by the desire to bring attention to a highly topical theme by choosing the art of PixelPancho – one of the most famous artists in the world in the field of street art – as a symbol against discrimination. With this commission, the Building group completes a new patronage of Quadratism in Quadrato, opening up to the city the third historic courtyard of the center of Turin, after those of The Number 6 and Lagrange12 in which Turinese and tourists enter every day to visit public works the Baroque Garden and Tribute to De Pero by the artist Richi Ferrero. “Eaten by feelings” will be in June 2019 one of the stops on the OpenHouse tour, the third edition of the public event that opens houses, buildings, private places not usually accessible. In the same days, in the courtyard of Quadrato will also open the archaeological area emerged during the recent works with the vast imperial plan dating back about between the I and the III century and the mosaic decorations representing the mythological figure of the hunter Atteone, torn to pieces by his dogs.
Born in Turin in 1984, PixelPancho was initiated into shapes and colors by his grandfather, an occasional painter. His passion for art and design led him to study at the Albertina Academy of Fine Arts in Turin and later at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes in Valencia in Spain. In this period he approaches the street art and graffiti scene. Influenced by this world, he began using spray cans and markers and working on external surfaces instead of using more classic methods of painting on paper or canvas. Later, moving between Turin and Valencia, PixelPancho stands out on the streets using different means such as tiles, murals, stickers and poster art: very soon his works begin to embellish the walls of many European cities. PixelPancho’s work has several influences: traces of the Spanish historical painter Joaquin Sorella, of the surrealist Salvador Dalì, of the political group of painters “El Equino Cronica” and of the more modern Ron English and Takashi Murakami. His travels take him all over the world on the occasion of graffiti jams, large walls to paint, art festivals, group and personal exhibitions in various galleries, these experiences have allowed PixelPancho’s style to evolve from simple representations of his robots to more complex and structured compositions that characterize his works today. The narrative of the works of the Turin artist starts from a forgotten world that exists behind a large layer of dust; a world populated by dented, decaying and broken ground robots, their rusty iron and copper bodies are as if destined for oblivion. Despite the wide range and diversity of his works, this surreal world is a constant thread that oscillates between historical and contemporary references, giving meaning to the “here and now”. The physical and gestural characteristics that humanize these robots are an unmistakable “trademark” of the artist. PixelPancho’s work, which can be found on the walls of abandoned buildings in different cities in Europe, the United States, South America, North Africa and Oceania is a single world of interconnected stories: murals, paintings, sculptures … in the end they are just a small part of something bigger, another story that lives within this great, ever-growing, surreal kingdom. PixelPancho currently works mainly in his two studios in Turin and Brooklyn in NY, in the last two years he has held solo shows in prestigious galleries in Paris (Le Fauvre), London (Stolen Space), Rome (Varsi) and NY (Hoerle-Guggenheim) , he painted for important festivals in the middle of the world (Miami ArtBasel, Berlin Uman Nation, Christal Ship Festival in the Netherlands, Rabat Jidar Festival, etc.) and he carried out projects that took him from the Dominican Republic to the USA or from Austria to Norway. In this period he is concentrating on bio sculptures capable of producing energy, bio-installations in areas of water shortage – like rainwater condensers and humidity – and on the use of eco-bio-compatible materials.