How and Nosm - image courtesy Coney Art Walls

How and Nosm/ Raoul and Davide Perre

Spain 1975

Street Art, Graffiti

www.howandnosm.com

How and Nosm
Raoul and Davide Perre
Male
Spain
1975

How and Nosm (Raoul and Davide Perre) are identical twin brothers known for their large scale graffiti based murals that adorn city walls around the world. The red, black, and white-based imagery is instantly recognizable and commands attention through the impressive size and the intricate detail. Initially the color palette was limited for practicality but instead has become a distinct calling card and formal choice that has allowed these artists to push spray paint to a new level.

Born in Spain, German in heritage, and currently residing in New York, their influence appropriately extends internationally. Whether you visit South America, Europe, Asia, or cities around the U.S. you will be likely to encounter their work. Commissioned and facilitated, they have become sought after artists, an ironic progression, where the outsiders have become insiders and are currently redefining what constitutes graffiti and public art.

In the beginning, the twins first encountered graffiti as young teenagers. Skateboarding and tagging were the influences until the aerosol can was first introduced and the range of colors and options seemed endless. The traditional letterform art of graffiti writing was learned and they earned their stripes painting names on trains together.

The closeness between the brothers is inspiring. They finish one another’s sentences much like they continue their lines on mural walls and work in sync without hesitation. One ends and the other begins, their complicated yet effortless contours twist and turn like a three-dimensional maze. There is a flow present that is part of this process that allows their individuality to merge for a unified statement. Something that seems essential for artists who work on a large scale.

The limited palette and complicated compositions in all their work is visually mesmerizing but once the viewer is over the magnitude of the accomplishment, the activities within the artwork keep you coming back for more. Their stylized characters seem friendly but when looking carefully they are involved in some very dark activities. Alcoholism, betrayal, abuse of power, and other repulsive actions are ongoing. As you peel back one layer, another story is revealed that further complicates the message and meaning. A world that appears very dim and dark yet treated with respect, it’s as though a mirror is being held up to society, a dizzying effect that requires patience and time to unwind.

The aerosol can is paramount in all their public works and is the essential ingredient they use to raise this imagery to new levels. Precise execution and determination is what has driven them. Their style is essentially who they are as artists and people as a grittiness is hidden beneath levels of thoughtful design and bold form.
Featured image via Coney Art Walls

Year Exhibition TitleMuseum/GalleryCitySolo/Group
2014WAY THINGS AREPACE PRINTSNEW YORKSOLO
2013LATE CONFESSIONSJONATHAN LEVINE GALLERYNEW YORKSOLO
2012LIVING IN THE BOTTLELOS ANGELES
2012SCOPE ART FAIRCOREY HELFORD GALLERYNEW YORK
2012THIS SIDE OF PARADISEANDREW FREEDMAN HOME
2012REFLECTIONSANDREW FREEDMAN HOMEBRONX
2012SMALL19KAREN GALLERYMERMAID BEACH
2012STREETS OF THE WORLDOPERA GALLERYNEW YORK
2012SCOPE ART FAIRJONATHAN LEVINE GALLERYBASEL
2012PUBLIC WORKSLALA ArtsLOS ANGELES
2012SIX FEET UNDERNUART FESTIVAL INSTALLATIONSTAVANGER
2012STUCK ON THE CITYCITY GALLERY OF PRAGUEPRAGUE
2012EAGLE EYECITY GALLERY OF PRAGUEPRAGUE
2011PAPER TRAILSSHADOW SPACEPHILADELPHIA
2011SCOPE ART FAIRCONTRA PROJECTNEW YORK
2011SCOPE ART FAIRCONTRA PROJECTBASEL
2011REMIXCARMICHAEL GALLERYLOS ANGELES
2011THE BONEYARD PROJECTTUCSON
2011THE STREET ART SHOWOPERA GALLERYLONDON
2011NOSE JOBFIRESTONE GALLERYHAMPTONS
2011STREET ART SAVED MY LIFEC.A.V.E GALLERYLOS ANGELES
2011IMPETUSTHINKSPACE GALLERYTUCSON
2011GOSSIP WELL TOLDWARRINGTON MUSEUMWARRINGTON
2011UNDERBELLY PROJECT PARISPARIS
2011WYNWOOD WALLS MURAL PROJECTMIAMI
2011ACHTUNG!KNOWN GALLERYLOS ANGELES
2011HERE LIES GEORGES WILDENSTEINPRIMARY PROJECTSMIAMI
2011POP UP SHOWWYNWOOD WALLMIAMI
2010MURAL INSTALLATIONGOETHE INSTITUTEQUITO
2010MURAL INSTALLATIONUNIVERSIDAD TECHNOLOGICA SALINAS
2010DRAWMUSEO DE LA CUIDAD DE MEXICOMEXICO CITY
2010LIVING WITH OTHER PEOPLE212 FIREHOUSE - POP UP INSTALLATIONBROOKLYN
2010DAZEWATERGATE GALLERYSEOUL
2009MURAL INSTALLATIONMUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ARTMILAN
2009MURAL INSTALLATIONEXHIBITION CENTER (HKCEC)HONG KONG
2008MURAL INSTALLATIONBRONX MUSEUM OF THE ARTSBRONX
2008ART IN ACTIONLORD & TAYLORNEW YORK
2008MARKING IT UPGRAND SOCIETY GALLERYBROOKLYN
2007TOKYOPLASTICTHE SHOWROOM NYCNEW YORK
2006NEW YORK’S OWNFUSE GALLERYNEW YORK
2006DECKED OUTTHE SHOWROOM NYCNEW YORK
2006THE ORIGINAL PRODUCTTHE AURORA GALLERYLONG ISLAND CITY
2006MURAL INSTALLATIONMASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGYBOSTON
2005MURAL INSTALLATION AND LECTUREMASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGYBOSTON
2005SCION ART INSTALLATION 2MCCAIG-WELLES GALLERYNEW YORK
2004INTERNATIONAL ARTEXPOJACOB K. JAVITS CENTERNEW YORK
2004MURAL INSTALLATION LILLE, EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURELILLE
2004TAG THE SYSTEMTOY TOKYO GALLERYNEW YORK
2004THE BREAK INPAUL RODGERS Gallery/9WNEW YORK
2004TATS CRUBROOKLYN INDUSTRIESBROOKLYN
2004FUTURE CLASSICBOSTON CENTER FOR THE ARTSBOSTON
2004DOWNTOWN FOR DEMOCRACYPHILLIPS DE PURY AND LUXEMBOURG GALLERYNEW YORK
2003BARRIOSART LINK INTERNATIONALLAKE WORTH
2003CRASHART LINK INTERNATIONALLAKE WORTH
2003BARRIOSKAROLYN SHERWOOD GALLERYDES MOINES
2003CRASHKAROLYN SHERWOOD GALLERYDES MOINES
2003BATTLE GRAPHICSMCCAIG-WELLES GALLERYNEW YORK
2002KOSMOPOLITETAXIE GALLERY, (GALLERY d’ART NOMADE)PARIS
2002KOSMOPOLITE FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE GRAFFITI ET DE STREET ARTPARIS
2002BARRIOSHOSTOS ART GALLERYBRONX
2002CRASH
2001MURAL INSTALLATIONGOETHE INSTITUTELISBON
2001GRAFFITI AT AUCTIONPUCK BUILDINGNEW YORK