Fra.Biancoshock, photo by Livio Ninni

Biancoshock /   Unknown


Urban Art, Street Art, Installation, Performance Art

March 11, 2017
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?

Describing himself as an urban activist, rather than the artist, Biancoshock is an Italian, known for producing artworks that are usually ephemeral in space, but limitless in time through the photography, video, exhibition or any other media. He does his magic mainly on the street, but galleries, festivals, and other showing places are not strange to him. His art is dedicated to common people, with an aim to make them think about the environment, social inequalities and problems, and to activate the driving force hidden inside them. Without the defined direction and style, the artist combines street art, urban hijacking, and performances, which he named Unconventional Experiences.

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Biancoshock – 24/7, Urban installation for Memorie Urban, Gaeta, Italy, 2015

Biancoshock’s Style and Intention

Biancoshock or Fra.Biancoshock is a conceptual artist from Milano who had no previous artistic background. Unlike other artists who use walls and colors as a medium, his work is made of recognizable elements that are associated with pop culture. Decontextualized objects like stuffed animals, games, famous brands and puppets are deliberately incorporated with a dose of sarcasm and irony into the installation, intervention, and performance. The essential part of author’s works is the diversity of cultures, ideas and experiences that he gets, absorbs and tries to convey further, during the traveling around the world. Biancoshock’s creativity is dedicated to all people, regardless of the borders, divisions or any other obstacles that get in the way. Artist’s interventions permeated with the sense of humor and mischief intentionally provoke and challenge authorities.

Biancoshock’s creativity is dedicated to all people

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Biancoshock – WEB 0.0, project realized for CVTA Fest – Civitacampomarano (CB), 2016

Socially Responsible Projects

‘Experiences’ as Biancoshock calls his installations are the tools for communication between the artist and the audience. The central theme of his artworks is issues of the environment, poverty, and modern stress. In 2016 after seeing the shocking images of more than 600 homeless people living in the sewer system of Bucharest, Romania, he came up with an idea for a project Borderlife. The main concept of these series located in Milano was to transform manholes into rooms like a kitchen, toilet and a hallway, and to reflect the living conditions of the human that live in such places. Biancoshock’s another adventure from 2016 was Web 0.0 which is a reinterpretation of the modern forms of communication, such as social networks, implemented in a traditional way, and situated in a tiny village in Italy with just 400 citizens. In his 24/7 project, a common tool like scaffolding, became a piece of art itself, by turning the structural framework into a living room.

The main concept of these series located in Milan, was to transform manholes into kitchen, toilet and a hallway

Biancoshock - try bio lines 2013 and 2017
Biancoshock – Borderlife, installation view, Lodi, Milan, 2016

Traveling and Shows

After moving from graffiti, the artist started to explore different and unconventional ideas and approaches, creating new avant-Garde form which he named Ephemeralism. The predominant elements of his life are movement and travel, because each place has its own charm and uniqueness, but also problems that Biancoshock tries to deal with in his own way. The artist has realized more than 850 interventions in the streets of Italy, Malta, Estonia, France, Italy and many more countries. He participated at the Urban Art festival, and displayed his projects in various universities (including Zagreb, Ljubljana, and Bratislava), and at TEDx di Oporto in 2014.

Biancoshock lives and works in Milano, Italy.

Featured image: Biancoshock, photo by Livio Ninni
All other images copyright of the artist; All images used for illustrative purposes only

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2017LE MUR DE ST. ETIENNELe MUR​, St. Etienne, FranceGroup
2017IN DEPHTUnit5 Gallery, London, UKGroup
2016THE CRYSTAL SHIPNuart Festival, Oostende, BelgiumGroup
2016EPHEMERALISMConference, La Valletta , MaltaGroup
2015BRANDALISMAction vs COP21, France Group
2015CITYLEAKSBienal Festival, Koln , GermanyGroup
2014NUART FestivalStavanger, NorwayGroup
2014EPHEMERALISMLjubljana, SlovenSolo
2014CONVIVIO 2014Intervention on site for Vogue /Condè Nast – MilanGroup
2014NDA – NON DISCLOSURE AGREEMENTUrban Painting, RomeGroup
2014TOWER PARADEPowered by Unicredit, MilanGroup
2014STREETART AXA festival Oporto, AustraliaGroup
2014WORK IN PROGRESSCurated by Sergio Ligro, MilanGroup
2014DAS GROSSE REINEMACHENCurated by Carmen Beckenbach, NurembergGroup
201450/50 SELECTED ARTWORKSVisiva, RomeGroup
2014THE BRIDGEGrauen Studio, MonzaGroup
2014STREET VIEWArtVilnius, LituaniaGroup
2014EPHEMERALISM77 Art Gallery, Milan, ItalySolo
2013VENTIPERVENTIStudio d’Ars, MilanGroup
2013M.ARTE with SeaCreative e RavoBunker, TurinGroup
2013RIGADRITTO with No CurvesMilan, ItalyGroup
2013RELAZIONI, International Festival of Urban RegenerationRosarno, ItalyGroup
2013PUBLIC ARENATurin, ItalyGroup
2013POSTUMIStudio d’Ars, Vigevano, ItalyGroup
2013OUT OF WORKMilan, ItalyGroup
2013BLOOP with GuildorInternational Proactive Art Festival, Ibiza, SpainGroup
2013NOT YOUR FRIENDFarm Cultural Park, Favara, SpainGroup
2012EPIDEMIC HAPPINESSSerra dei Giardini, Biennale di Architettura di VeneziaGroup
2012INTER NOS with Giuliano CardellaFuorisalone, MilanGroup
2011LAVAGGI VISIVI showLaundry, MilanGroup
2010AXASpazio Mulino Dugnani, MilanGroup
2009METAROCK FESTIVALFestival di Pisa, ItalyGroup
2008RINTRACCIARTIPalazzo della Ragione, Mantova, ItalyGroup
2008SINONIMI & CONTRARISan Donato Mil, Milan, ItalyGroup
2007OUTDOORIntervention for Ferrovie dello Stato, San Donato Mil, MilanGroup
2007ODIAMO L’ARTE festivalCorsico, MilanGroup
2007WHERE IS 107 festivalMilan, ItalyGroup
2006WHERE IS 101 festivalMilan, ItalyGroup