JB Rock is an Italian contemporary artist born in Rome in 1979. He is among the most famous writers on the Rome street art scene, and has been active since he was 12 years old. As the artist states, he is not going to stop writing, because there is nothing in his life that is making him feel better. Along with Diamond, JB deserves credit for kicking off an era of poster and stencil art in Italy.
He is inspired by human body, society, politics, pop and post-pop, but emphasize that the discovery of the graffiti at young age was a crucial moment in his life. JB is influenced by Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata, and also by his fellow artists, Gianfranco Baruchello, Carlo Gabriele Tribbioli, Federico Maria Tribbioli, Niccolò Berretta and several others.
JB Rock’s body is covered with numerous tattoos, and he tends to paint his female artworks in a similar way, giving them a sort of primal energy. His pieces have been exhibited throughout Italy. The artist believes that every human have a certain lifestyle embedded in their DNA, and two most difficult things in life are finding what that lifestyle is, and then fighting to pursue it. JB was lucky enough to find his way, and advises everyone to follow their own instincts and don’t allow themselves to be distracted.
He is represented by GCA Gallery in Nice, France.
Featured image Photo Credits © Federico Maria Tribbioli.
All images Copyright © JB Rock and GCA Gallery.
|2015||Iron Will||Patrizia Pepe Un Luogo per l’Arte, Capalle (FI)||Solo|
|2014||Made in Italy||GCA Gallery, Nice, France||Group|
|2014||Moving Forward, Outdoor Festival||Ex Dogana, Rome, italy||Group|
|2014||Shit Art Fair 2||Torino, Italy||Group|
|2014||Bloom Festival||The Street Art Community stand up for the Deep See, Ministero dell’Agricoltura, Roma, Italy||Group|
|2014||Urban Inside||Museo Laboratorio di Arte Contemporanea Università Sapienza, Roma, Italy||Group|
|2014||Paris HipHop 2014||Berges de Seine, Paris, France||Group|
|2014||Festival Emergence||Giardini Naxos, Catania||Group|
|2013||Fomento||Galo Art Gallery, Torino||Group|
|2013||The Others Art Fair||Torino||Group|
|2013||Tour Paris 13||Paris||Group|
|2013||Back 2 Back to Biennale||Venice||Group|
|2012||Street Art Contest||Rome||Group|
|2012||Festival Emergence||Giardini Naxos, Catania||Group|
|2012||Urban Art Attack Festival 2012||Palazzo Cantagalli, Foligno||Group|
|2012||Cartabianca_roma||Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Villa Croce, Genova||Group|
|2011||PasteModernism3 Outpost Festival||Cockatooisland, Sydney, Australia||Group|
|2011||Smells like the Streets||Mondo Bizzarro Gallery, Roma||Group|
|2011||Mixup||Spazio Concept, Milano||Group|
|2010||Natale Natale 3||Casa delle Letterature, Roma||Group|
|2010||Veleno||Mondopop Gallery, Roma||Group|
|2010||The AnimalRoom||Macro Future, Roma||Group|
|2010||Skate like canvas vol.1||Rising Love, Roma||Group|
|2009||Urban painting xmas show||Spazio Concept, Milano||Group|
|2009||R.A.M. – Rome art and music||NUFactory, Roma||Group|
|2009||Spaghetti stencil||Avantagarden Gallery, Milano||Group|
|2009||Urbanpainting-recycled||Spazio Atrion, Carugate (Mi)||Group|
|2008||Urbanpainting-outdoor||Spazio Atrion, Carugate (Mi)||Group|
|2008||City Slang||Dorothy Circus Gallery, Roma||Group|
|2008||44+1 autoritratti||Auditorium Parco della Musica, Roma||Group|
|2008||Scala Mercalli||Auditorium Parco della Musica, Roma||Group|
|2007||Bazarone||Ex Lanificio, Napoli||Group|
|2007||The skulls of Rome||Be Cool, Roma||Group|
|2006||Progettare l’opera plurale-Roma||Fondazione Baruchello, Roma||Group|
|2004||Urban act #2||Studio 14, Roma||Group|
|2004||Urban act #1||Studio 14, Roma||Group|
|2003||Master Blaster||Metaverso, Roma||Group|
|2003||Stickerism||Galleria Stella, Roma||Group|