Banksy

Banksy

Banksy is a pseudonymous England-based Street artist, political activist, and film director whose real name and identity remain unconfirmed and the subject of speculation. Active since the 1990s, his satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine dark humour with graffiti executed in a distinctive stencilling technique. His works of political and social commentary have appeared on streets, walls, and bridges throughout the world. His work grew out of the Bristol underground scene, which involved collaborations between artists and musicians. Banksy says that he was inspired by 3D, a graffiti artist and founding member of the musical group Massive Attack.


Urs Lüthi

Urs Lüthi

Urs Lüthi (*1947) is a Swiss conceptual artist. Noted for using his body and alter ego as the subject of his artworks, he has worked in photography, sculpture, performance, silk-screen, video and painting. Since 1994, Lüthi has worked as university professor in Kassel, Germany and in 2009 Kassel gave Lüthi the Arnold Bode award.

Lüthi and other artists of this period influenced Lou Reed. He is mentioned as an influence in Reed's Transformer album, which contains the hit drag anthem “Walk on the Wild Side”. Lüthi was part of a group of Continental European artists who were interested in, and “voiced, in their work, a desire for a utopian conception of androgyny, in which they would embody a unified ambisexuality or realize a perfect union with their lover.”

Lüthi describes the most significant aspect of their work as "ambivalence...Objectivity is not very important to me: all is objective just as all could be subjective. Therefore, one must take reality into account and actually my awareness of the real, depending on my mood, has thousands of facets."  


Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol was a successful magazine and ad illustrator who became a leading artist of the 1960s Pop art movements. He ventured into a wide variety of art forms, including performance art, filmmaking, video installations and writing and controversially blurred the lines between fine art and mainstream aesthetics.
Warhol died on February 22, 1987, in New York City.

When he graduated from college with his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1949, Warhol moved to New York City to pursue a career as a commercial artist. He landed a job with Glamour magazine in September and went on to become one of the most successful commercial artists of the 1950s. He won frequent awards for his uniquely whimsical style, using his own blotted line technique and rubber stamps to create his drawings.


Liu Bolin

Liu Bolin

Liu Bolin, the real-life Invisible Man from China, a performance and concealment artist with the ability to disappear in any surroundings. Born in 1973 in Shandong and a graduate of Shandong Art College and Beijing’s Central Academy of Fine Arts, Liu Bolin became popular for his mastery at the cool art of camouflaging himself against virtually any background with his masterful painting techniques.

While his invisibility artworks are really mind-blowing, he’s here with a message:
“The situation for modern artists and political art in China is very difficult and the forced removal of the artist’s studio is in fact my direct inspiration of this series of photographs, Hiding In The City…I am standing, but there is a silent protest, the protest against the environment for the survival, the protest against the state and social issues.”

Liu belongs to the generation that came of age in the early 1990s, when China emerged from the rubble of the Cultural Revolution and was beginning to enjoy rapid economic growth and relative political stability.

He now lives and works in Beijing, China.


Diane Arbus

Diane Arbus

Diane Arbus (*1923) was an American photographer. She photographed a wide range of subjects including strippers, carnival performers, nudists, people with dwarfism, children, mothers, couples, elderly people, and middle-class families. She photographed her subjects in familiar settings: their homes, on the street, in the workplace, in the park. "She is noted for expanding notions of acceptable subject matter and violates canons of the appropriate distance between photographer and subject.

The first major retrospective of Arbus' work was held in 1972 at MoMA, organized by Szarkowski. The retrospective garnered the highest attendance of any exhibition in MoMA's history to date. Millions viewed traveling exhibitions of her work from 1972 to 1979.

On July 26, 1971, Arbus died in New York City by suicide by ingesting barbiturates and cutting her wrists with a razor.


Simona Mulazzani

Simona Mulazzani

Simona Mulazzani was born in Milan, currently she lives and works in Pesaro. Since 1994, she has dedicated herself in particular to children's books. Among her best-known illustrations are those for the books of Luis Sepulveda, and since then she has published about a hundred books both in Italy and abroad, which have also been translated into French, Spanish, Korean, German, Portuguese, English, Chinese, Japanese, Greek, Arabic, etc.

In 2005 and 2013, the Silver Medal "Original Art" at the Society of Illustration in NY, in 2007 White Ravens and the City of Cento Prize, the Andersen Prize as best book 0-6 years old in 2008, in 2010 the Emanuele Luzzati Prize for the illustration "Il gigante delle Langhe", in 2016 the Andersen Prize as Best Illustrator and in 2017 the second prize of the Malerba Prize Amphibian Books.

Since 1992, his works have been exhibited in galleries, art fairs and public spaces, including large format works that correspond to a research parallel to his editorial work.


Takashi Murakami

Takashi Murakami

Takashi Murakami is a Japanese contemporary artist. He works in fine arts (such as painting and sculpture) as well as commercial media (such as fashion, merchandise, and animation) and is known for blurring the line between high and low arts. His influential work draws from the aesthetic characteristics of the Japanese artistic tradition and the nature of postwar Japanese culture.


Anton Corbijn

Anton Corbijn

Anton Corbijn is a Dutch photographer, film director and music video director. He is the creative director behind the visual output of Depeche Mode and U2, having handled the principal promotion and sleeve photography for both bands over three decades.

Corbijn began his career as a music photographer when he saw the Dutch musician Herman Brood playing in a café in Groningen around 1975. He took a lot of photographs of the band Herman Brood & His Wild Romance and these led to a rise in fame for Brood and in exposure for Corbijn.


Lorenzo Filomeni

Lorenzo Filomeni

Lorenzo Filomeni was born in Turin in 1978. For reasons related to his father's work, he moved to Rapallo in 1982, returning to the piedmontese capital the following year. At the age of twelve, he settled with his family in Milan, where he completed his studies and graduated in law. A self-taught artist since 2000, he studied in Milan with Nino Mustica and Gregorio Mancino. He currently lives and works in Marina di Pietrasanta (Lu).

Opus in Artem presents primarily works from two different series by the artists.
First are surprising assemblages of thousands of cigarette butts and as second oxidised iron chips attached to the canvas in pursuit of chromatic harmony.


Alessandro Giordani

Alessandro Giordani

Alessandro Giordani's works consist of two elements that work together to develop aesthetic and conceptual connotations at the same time.

The colour of the transparent plexiglass applied to the painted canvas or tissue initially produces a strong aesthetic impact, but at the same time the reflection that is produced (the viewer is as if projected into the work) and the aseptic nature of the image created by the combination of these two elements, give the work a strong aesthetic-conceptual connotation.

His quest is to combine a decorative aesthetic impact with a more conceptual one. The work is both an end in itself and one that leaves questions open. The painting is like a video that reflects and makes you... think.