El Gato Chimney - La Casa Della Polvere

El Gato Chimney/ El Gato Chimney

Italy 1981

Street Art, Graffiti, Painting

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El Gato Chimney
El Gato Chimney
Male
Italy
1981

El Gato Chimney is an Italian artist born in 1981, in Milan, a metropolis in Italy’s northern Lombardy region. He began his career as a self-taught artist, when he became interested in street art scene of his hometown. Street art is, along with surrealism and steampunk culture, still his source of inspiration, although his new artworks have more resemblance to the works of Old Masters such as Bosch. Over the years, the artist has honed his technical skills and acquired new knowledge, which resulted in his art becoming more studio-based and focused on emotions and inner visions.

paintings by el gato chimney
El Gato Chimney – Bundled Up, 2017 (Left) / In the Heart of Things, 2017 (Right)

El Gato Chimney Art

The work of the Italian artist belong to contemporary art, but his curiosity lies in the artistic movements that expanded in the 9th and 10th centuries. He is particularly fond of ancient art, supernatural, alchemy, spiritualism, folk tradition and art of indigenous peoples. His universe is dual and deceptive. He shows the vices and virtues of the modern world by painting made-up and real animals, wearing multicolored clothes borrowed from European folklore and Oceanian tribes, and hiding behind masks.

His paintings often show real animals, wearing multicolored clothes borrowed from European
folklore and Oceanian tribes

watercolor and gouache on cotton paper artwork by el gato chimney
El Gato Chimney – Camouflage, 2016

Exhibitions

El Gato Chimney has exhibited his magical works in solo exhibitions both locally and internationally, in the United States, Spain and Germany. One of his latest solo shows was De Rerum Natura held at Stephen Romano Gallery in March 2015. He has also participated in numerous group shows and art fairs, both in his home country and abroad including The Wild Wood at James Freeman Gallery, London, UK and HEY! at Galerie Arts Factory in Paris, France. His work has been featured in many books and magazines.

El Gato Chimney lives and works in Milan.

Featured image: El Gato Chimney – La Casa Della Polvere (detail), 2012, acrylic on canvas
All images copyright of the artist

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2017The Wild WoodJames Freeman Gallery, London, UK Group
2017HEYGalerie Arts Factory, Paris, FranceGroup
2017Animal KingdomWilliam Baczek Fine Arts, Northampton, USAGroup
2016The Forest FireGaleria Combustion Espontanea, Madrid, SpainSolo
2016Nothing Is RealMAO Museo D'Arte Orientale, Torino, ItalyGroup
2016Language Of The Birds: Occult And Art80WSE Gallery, New York University, New York, USAGroup
2016Don't Wake Daddy XIFeinkunst Krüger, Hamburg, GermanyGroup
2015Preternatural History Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, Milano Solo
2015De Rerum Natura Stephen Romano Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USASolo
2015Lexicon Infernali Stephen Romano Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USAGroup
2015Opus Hypnagogia: Sacred Space Of The Visionary And Vernacular Morbid Anatomy Museum, Brooklyn, NY, USA Group
2015Mappa Dell'Arte Nuova, Collezione Benetton Fondazione Cini, Venezia Group
2015Not Man The Less, But Nature More Summerhall, Edinburgh, UK Group
2015La Famosa Invasione Degli Artisti A Milano Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, Milano Group
2015Praestigium Italia, Imago Mundi, Collezione Benetton Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino Group
2015Mulafest Combustion Espontanea Gallery, Madrid, SpainGroup
2015The Metro Show Stephen Romano Gallery, New York City, USAGroup
2015Artefiera Bologna Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, Bologna, ItalyGroup
2014Metapsychic Paths Combustion Espontanea Art Gallery, Madrid, Spain Solo
2014Abundantia Cornu Copiae Stephen Romano Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USAGroup
2014In Missa Interfectionis Stephen Romano Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USAGroup
2014Mysterium Cosmographicum Stephen Romano Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USAGroup
2014Mal D Africa Ego Gallery, Lugano, SwitzerlandGroup
2014Aqua Art Miami Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, Miami, USAGroup
2014Room Art Fair Combustion Espontanea Gallery, Madrid, SpainGroup
2014Swab Art Fair Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2014Step Art Fair Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, Milano, ItalyGroup
2014Scope New York International Contemporary Art Fair Black Book Gallery, New York City, USAGroup
2014Artefiera Bologna Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, Bologna, ItalyGroup
2013Crossroads Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, Milano Solo
2013Immagini D'Io Triennale di Milano, Milano Group
2013The Economics Of Art Vertical Gallery, Chicago, USA Group
2013Aliens Palazzo Vernazza, Lecce Group
2013The Spring Show Stattbad, Berlin, Germany Group
2013Surreality Show Officina delle Zattere, Venezia Group
2013Aqua Art Miami Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, Miami, USAGroup
2012Coexist E-lite Studiogallery, Lecce Group
2012Subterranean Modern The Don Gallery, Milano Group
2012Past Forward Museo Civico, Bassano Del Grappa, Vi Group
2012Pop Surrealism-Stay Foolish! Museo Casa Del Conte Verde in Rivoli, Torino Group
2012Casoli Pinta, Biennale Nazionale Di Pittura Murale Palazzo Ducale, Atri (TE) Group
2011Double Fantasy Studio D'Arte Fioretti, Bergamo Solo
2011Into The Future Musei Capitolini, Centrale Montemartini, RomeGroup
2011Sanrio For Smiles Fundacio Joan Miro, Barcelona, Spain Group
2011Italian Pop Surrealism Mondo Bizzarro Gallery, Roma Group
2011Vulpes Pilum Mutare Museo Civico, Bassano Del Grappa, Vi Group
2011Brand New Art Mambo, Villa Delle RoseGroup
2011Brand New Art Museo del Palazzo della Penna, Perugia Group
2011Twenty Century Mirabilia Avantgarden Gallery, MilanoGroup
2011Fiera Arte Genova Superego Edition, Genova, ItalyGroup
2011Bergamo Arte Fiera Studio d arte Fioretti, Bergamo, ItalyGroup
2010Steam Box Two Windows Project, Berlin, Germany Solo
2010Steam Funfair Avantgarden Gallery, Milano Solo
2010Brand New Art Museo Della Permanente, MilanoGroup
2010La Forma Delle Reti Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnica Leonardo da Vinci, MilanoGroup
2010Hunt & Gather Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles, USA Group
2010Ambiguous Painting Galleria Spazioinmostra, Milano Group
2010Oltre Il Muro Galleria Civica di Bolzano, Bolzano Group
2009Breakin Walls Museo Fondazione Luciana Matalon, Milano Group
2009Il Canto Della Terra Città di Castellamonte, Group
2009Modart Magazine Group Show Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles, USA Group
2009Autoritratti 44+1 The Don Gallery, Milano Group
2009Sopra Il Sotto Manhole ArtSuperstudio Piu, Milano Group
2009Urban Superstar Museo D’arte Contemporanea MADRE, Napoli Group
2009Street Without Wall Museo della Misericordia, Firenze Group
2009Vernice Art Fair Art Fair Forli, Forli, ItalyGroup
2008Via Brick Lane E1 Bricklane Gallery, London Group
2008Scala Mercalli Auditorium della Musica, Roma Group
2008AmazeSint-Niklaas, Belgium Group
2008Motor Show 2008 Fiera Bologna, FIAT car custom, Bologna, ItalyGroup
2007Incontemporanea 01 Triennale di Milano, MilanoGroup
2007Pp Bear Art Taipei, TaipeiGroup
2006Bovisa In Linea Triennale di Milano-Bovisa, Milano Group
2006More Fiera Campionaria di Milano, Milano Group
2005Urban Edge Show Spazio P4, Milano Group
2005Street Virus Ready Made Studio, Milano Group