108 - wall in Milan, 2013

108 /   Guido Bisagni

Italy 1978

Installation, Abstract Art, Painting, Murals, Drawing


Guido Bisagni
October 25, 2015

Guido Bisagni aka 108 is an Italian multidisciplinary artist and muralist, best known for his large abstract geometrical black wall pieces. He also works with painting, sculpture and site-specific installations. 108’s murals can be seen on the streets of Europe’s art capitals, such as Milan, Amsterdam, Paris, London, Berlin, and also in the United States – in New York.

108’s murals are characterized by large abstract geometrical black shapes

108 - Decimo Asalto in Zaragoza, 2015
108 – Decimo Asalto in Zaragoza, 2015

Born in 1978 in Alessandria, city in Piedmont, Italy, the artist began his street art career from the abandoned buildings and the neglected and often overlooked industrial spaces characteristic of his hometown. Over the course of years, 108’s art has developed and his style has moved from traditional graffiti art to unique abstractions of black forms merged with simple, yet detailed bursts of color.

At some point in his career, 108 decided to break away from the pop trend which is dominant in the contemporary and urban art, and shifted his focus towards introspective journey and began experimenting with pure form and its symbolic meaning, influenced in a way by primitive art. As a result, and much like his pseudonym, his work is simple and mysterious. Devoid of most or any detail, 108’s black hole-like shapes are frequently scattered with colorful details and forms.

The artist experiments with pure form and its symbolic meaning

108 - Spirito del Monviso, 2013
108 – Spirito del Monviso, 2013

The art of 108 is at the same time captivating, engaging and challenging. The power of his work can be seen while observing the large triangular constructions which possess an effect of warping and playing with the room’s dimensions.

108 - Compositions - exhibition in Goteborg, Sweden 2015
108 – Compositions – exhibition in Goteborg, Sweden 2015

108 exhibited his work in numerous projects, festivals and group and solo shows. He participated at the Venice Biennale in Italy as a part of Walls project, along with fellow artists JR and DAIM. Other exhibitions include Nusign 2.4 in Paris, Urban Edge Show in Milan, Segundo and Tercer Asalto in Zaragoza, and many others.

108 is represented by Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea in Milano, and Galerie SOON in Bern.

Featured image: 108’s mural in Milan, Italy, 2013
All images courtesy of the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015Antipodas - with MoneylessDinamica Galeria, Buenos AiresDuo
2015Svartans OrolighetNevven, Goteborg, SwedenSolo
20151010 + 108 = 1118SwitzerlandDuo
2015The Rite of SpringLittle Circus, Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, Milano, ItalySolo
2015La forma dell'IgnotoEgo Gallery, Lugano, SwitzerlandSolo
2015PanoramaBourning Giraffe Art Gallery, Torino, ItalyGroup
2015CatastrofeStudio Cromie, Grottaglie, ItalyGroup
2015Un dessin est beau si la ligne est vivantWinterlong Galerie, Niort, FranceGroup
2015Outdoor FestivalEx Caserma Guido Reni, Roma, ItalyGroup
2015Decimo AsaltoCentro de Historia de Zaragoza, Zaragoza, SpainGroup
2015Monferrato oltre il confinePalazzo Monferrato, Alessandria, ItalyGroup
2015La famosa invasione degli artisti a MilanoAntonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, Milano, ItalyGroup
2015Mapping the CitySomerset House, London, UKGroup
2014Solstizio d'InvernoStudio Cromie, Grottaglie, ItalySolo
2014Passaggi ConcretiStudio d'Ars, Milano, ItalySolo
2014Genius LociSale d'Arte della Città di Alessandria, Alessandria, ItalySolo
2014LAVAVan Der, Torino, ItalySolo
2014On the WallPalazzo Collicola, Spoleto, ItalyGroup
2014Surprised RecognitionSlika Gallery, Lyon, FranceGroup
2014ArtmossphereStreet art Biennale, Artplay, MoscowGroup
2014AperturaMini Galerie, AmsterdamGroup
2014A major minority1 AM Gallery, San Francisco, USGroup
2014Mamuthones & IssohadoresSuperbudda, Torino, ItalyGroup
2013The thin mountain – The soft mountain999Contemporary, Roma, ItalySolo
2013La manipulation de la formBienurbain, Besancon, FranceSolo
2013LavaRitmo, Catania, ItalySolo
2013Crossroad #1 (with Elzo Durt)Doppelgaenger gallery, Bari, ItalyDuo
2013La tour Paris 13Galerie Itinerrance, Paris, FranceGroup
2013Fresh FlaneursDoppelgaenger Gallery, Bari, ItalyGroup
2013Italian DIYGalerii Miasta Ogrod, Katowice, PolandGroup
2013Abstract StoriesA word of art gallery, Cape Town, South AfricaGroup
2013Outer SpacesWall paintings, Poznan, PolandGroup
2012Seventeen DensEgo Gallery, Lugano, SwitzerlandSolo
2012TulpaSpazio Arca, by Obliqua, Bassano del Grappa, ItalySolo
2012Intro: 108 + CecottoSpazio Pelodrilli, Treviso, ItalyDuo
2012Rodeo DrawingAntonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, Milano, ItalyGroup
2012Group show 2August 13 Gallery, Wellington, New ZealandGroup
2012Le 4me MurWinterlong Galerie, Niort, FranceGroup
2011108 & Tellas – EquilibriumLanificio CLAM, Lodi, ItalyDuo
2011Le forme dell'InvernoAvia Pervia - by Pietro Rivasi, Modena, ItalySolo
2011Ammalarti: 108Malacarne - by Barbara Malacarne, Verona, ItalySolo
2011Vulpes Pilum MutareMuseo Civico, Bassano del Grappa, ItalyGroup
2011Artaq in Paris, 11Espace Commines, Paris, FranceGroup
2011ARTAQ 2nd URBAN ART AWARDSSalle Chemellier, Angers, FranceGroup
2011Sk 2011 - Katowice PassageBiuro ESK Katowice, Katowice, PolandGroup
2010Agli antipodi della realtàZelle Arte Contemporanea - Palermo ItalySolo
2010Attack vs 108Dada Gallery, Foligno ItalyDuo
2010108 & Dem - WonderkammerCripta747, Torino, ItalyDuo
2010URBAN ART ... from walls to studios...Addict Gallery, Paris, FranceGroup
2010Infart IIICastello degli Ezzelini, Bassano del Grappa, ItalyGroup
2010SWEET SHEETS moves to ModicaPalazzo della Cultura, Modica, ItalyGroup
2010Fame Festival 2010by StudioCromie, Grottaglie, ItalyGroup
2009108 - L'eterno ascoltare delle pietreStudio Dieci, Vercelli ItalySolo
2009108 - Cromlech21 Bacteria studio, Alessandria ItalySolo
2009Incursioni QuotidianeOpenLab Art Gallery, Genova, ItalyGroup
2009Oscuro ScrutareGalleria Patricia Armocida, Milan, ItalyGroup
2009Sopra il SottoPublic installations (manholes), Milan, ItalyGroup
2009ArtShakeGalleria civica d'arte contemporanea, Termoli, ItalyGroup
2008108 & Dem - Putiferio PaganoLimited No Art Gallery, Milano ItalyDuo
2008Out of SthBWA Gallery, Wroclaw, PolandGroup
2008Junk BuildingTriennale Bivisa, Davide Giannella e Maria Chiara Piccioli, Milano, ItalyGroup
2008SignsGlenda Cinquegrana The Studio, Milano, ItalyGroup
2008NOMADAZScion Installation L. A., Los AngelesGroup
2007108 - La stirpe dei corviBarbieri, Bassano del Grappa ItalySolo
2007108 - I HATE MEATLimited No Art Gallery, Milano ItalySolo
2007Walls: Biennale di Venezia – ArsenaleSpazio Tetis, Venezia, ItalyGroup
2006EVES - Extraordinary Vision...Loggia Della Mercanzia, Genova, ItalyGroup
2006Xpò CollectionAtelier Spazio XPO, Milano, ItalyGroup
2005Urban Edge ShowPestalozzi 4, Milano, ItalyGroup
2005BollocksDavid Adamson Gallery, WashingtonGroup