Street Art

Etnik /   Alessandro Battisti


Urban Art, Street Art, Graffiti

Alessandro Battisti
December 4, 2014
Ok, I know it's so damn corny to quote somebody just to describe yourself, let alone Confucius, but this quote says all about my relationship with Widewalls, so forgive me for doing this: Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Am I forgiven?

Etnik is the alias of Italian-Swedish street artist Alessandro Battisti whose art shows his great sense for balance and composition creating a recognizable style through vivid colors and geometrical objects, that almost create a 3D effect.

Etnik is the pseudonym of the multifaceted figure of Alessandro Battisti, a self-taught artist who started his career in the late ’80s in Florence where he attended art school and began to exhibit. Its production ranges from large scale murals with elaborate concepts, to productions on canvas and sculptures, adding to the rules of lettering, the starting point of all his work, consisting of a 20 years imaginary of study and development of his own style.

He took his first steps in Graffiti writing in the early 90s in the underground culture of Florence. Soon, he became one of the most active and complete artists of the Italian writing scene, to which he has brought unusual and personal contributions, coming from his own background in the field of illustration and stagecraft. His passion for this discipline has led him to create works of art in his own recognizable style, to participate in major public events and to collaborate with the best writers of the international scene. After twenty years spent painting the outskirts of urban areas and searching for new ones to discover, the artist integrates his research on lettering – which is not merely limited to the pure aesthetic of letters – in the reflection on the concept of “city”, finding a new point of view that has become the main subject of his painting. The lettering becomes the basis on which Etnik sets the whole concept and composition of its new personal and artistic research. The letters transformation – making up his name in seemingly unrecognizable geometric shapes – is the starting point on which he builds architectural modules related to urban settlement stereotypes that intersect violently on opposite planes and with unsettling points of view to represent a more and more coercive cement as well as an increasingly more precarious balance in our everyday life. The ‘series’ becomes subject and object of study, finding in its sculptural and mural transposition most spectacular and daring expression. In 2009, he sets up with Duke1 the collective Bunker108 that works together with public and private institutions for the restyling of buildings or urban areas and organizes workshops and exhibitions of various kinds.

While his studio is in Florence, his work takes him further abroad in Europe, and also to America, where he searches for the most innovative scenes. Ten years ago he began his current project, his “Prospective Cities” series, which defines the bulk of his work today. Each work imagines a different floating ‘3-D’ city, amidst a changing sea of shapes, colors, and perspective. The work of Etnik does not stop only at this, his versatility and his talent led him in 2009 to create in Florence, along with Duke1, the collective Bunker108 together they produced workshops, working with both public and private entities for the restyling buildings or train stations and participates in exhibitions of various kinds. His works can be found in private and public collections.

He currently lives and works in Tuscany, in between Pisa and Florence.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015FUNdaMENTALGCA Gallery, Nice, FranceSolo
2011BLACK OUTRGB Gallery, RomeSolo
2011B.T.C.WOrsini Palace in Bomarzo, ViterboGroup
2011Collective exhibition within the “Sala Polifunzionale” of the Teramo municipalityTERAMO URBAN MUSEUM, TeramoGroup
2011SEVEN DiIMENSIONSS.M delle Croci, RavennaGroup
2011EUROPAGRAFFITY'International collective exhibition set at the Pavillon Carre de Baudoin, ParisGroup
2011STROKE Art FairPostbanhof, BerlinGroup
2011ARTE SU CARTAGalleria2, Finale Ligure, SavonaGroup
2010TOYS-TOYSMondopop International Art Gallery, RomeGroup
2010SLAM !!Lab21, Viareggio, LuccaGroup
2010LUMENComplesso di S. Cecilia, SalernoGroup
2010STROKE Urban ArtFairMunich market, Munich, GermanyGroup
2010TUSCANY STREET PARADISEGallery Urban Painting, MilanoGroup
201020 KEITHGallery, ex Monti, RomaGroup
2009ACROSS-REWRITINGCircolo Culturale Amantes, TorinoGroup
2009VERSUS' pictorial exhibitionUrban Toys Shop Gallery, RomeGroup
2009DALLA A ALLA ZSalernoGroup
2009VERSUSMondopop International Art Gallery, RomeGroup
2009SKATE-HEROISMEOpenLab ArtGallery, GenovaGroup
2009PROSPETTIVE X vol.2Gallery RGB46, RomaSolo
2009STREET WITHOUT WALLComplesso di S. Sebastiano, FlorenceGroup
2009FLATLANDIARGB46 Gallery, RomeGroup
2009INCURSIONI QUOTIDIANE OpenLab Art Gallery, GenovaGroup
2008ACROSS-REWRITINGCircolo Culturale Amantes, TorinoGroup
2008BRIGHT DISORDE Live performmanceCampo Siena square, SienaGroup
2008Live performanceBiennale dei Giovani del Mediterraneo, BariGroup
2008Live performanceCircolo Culturale Amantes, TorinoGroup
2008LOVE MY DCDC Shoes, ItaliaGroup
2008URBANISTIC-ARTAlong the main street of Follonica, GrossetoGroup
2008ORIGINAL TOYSArte 2 Gallery, MilanoGroup
2008ETNIK-SERACarhartt-Gallery, Weil am Rhein, GermanyDuo
2007A3la Not-Gallery, NeaplesGroup
2007LET US SPRAYPontedera, PisaGroup
2007QUI SI FA STRAGE DI SOGNI: Installation for Paratissima art fairInside the jail “Ex Nuove” (Turin);Solo
2007PROSPETTIVA X: InstallationS.Bernardo Church, PisaSolo
2007CITTA' SILENZIOSECaffè Letterario, RomeSolo
2006ETNIC-ISMPop Café, FlorenceSolo
2006LETTERINGArt-Lab Gallery, GrossetoSolo
2006CIRCUMWRITINGCremano train station, NapoliGroup
2006CRACKForte Prenestino, RomeGroup
2006ETNIK-SERALov-Durden, TurinDuo
2002AIRBRUSH SHOWQuarl Hotel, MilanoGroup