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Moneyless /   Teo Pirisi

Italy 1980

Urban Art, Street Art, Graffiti

Teo Pirisi
November 10, 2016
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Teo Pirisi, by far better known by his artistic pseudonym of Moneyless, is an Italian artist whose art is an interesting blend of traditional graffiti and fine art backgrounds. Through his unique visual vocabulary and geometric style, Moneyless is able to investigate rawest elements of life and focus on a process of constant evolution. Just as his alias suggestively reflects, Teo Pirisi desires to examine the pureness and simplicity of life – Moneyless rejects commonly found elements of street art such as speed in order to replace it with the purity of thought. His simple yet rich visual dictionary has a keen ability to make the people viewing it enter the state of awe, feeling that the artist behind it opened the window to a creatively free world.

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Moneyless – Bang Out, Festival Lioni, Italy

The Path to Geometric Abstraction

By his own claim, Moneyless’ art started developing on his bedroom wall when he was three years old. After his parents allowed him to draw on the wall of his own room, Pirisi simply can not recall the time he had no marker or a brush in his hand. After he grew up, the young artist began attending the Art School at the Academy of Fine Arts in Carrara, later going on to earn a master’s degree in design of communication in Florence. Since the year of 1994, he was out on the streets regularly, developing his characteristic visual style. During this time, Teo was also an aspiring writer and hip hop culture deeply influenced his creativity. Over time, he got close to nature and discovered the desire of exploring it, he wanted to observe and study it in all its visible and not-visible forms. His earliest street geometric forms can be dated back to 2004. As for Pirisi’s greatest inspiration, the artist does not limit himself to any one individual – all the modern artists of the 20th century have been and still are a great source of inspiration to Moneyless. His pseudonym was a very fitting one from the start as this urban interventionist has always tried to create pieces without great expense, looking for most of his materials among industrial and scrap materials. The painter himself explained it the best: I love working with my hands and getting them dirty, I’m not that kind of artist with soft and smooth hands, you know!? All of those factors helped Teo to shape his artistic lexicon, allowing him to start exploring just how far geometric forms are able to take him if he is willing to dedicate himself to such a style. Interestingly, Teo is looking forward to expanding his body of work to sculpture, wishing to find out how will this traditional medium fare with his concepts.

Moneyless presents us with themes that are abstract, sometimes more geometric and static and in other times more dynamic and instinctive

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Moneyless – Muraliza Cascais

The Dynamism of Moneyless

Ultimately, the strongest impression this urban author makes on his audience is that he is simply dynamic and therefore intriguing, constantly on the move towards new territories on both the physical and conceptual front. Another reason why viewers enjoy Pirisi’s art is the characteristic relationship between simplicity and force usually residing in his geometric compositions. The artist explained it best himself: My shapes are reduced to the minimum, at the same time they carry some kind of an intense tension, an invisible movement; most of my patterns hide multiple visions and different perspectives. I think my art now speaks through geometry.

This artist is represented by BC Gallery.

Teo Pirisi lives and works in Milan, Italy.

Featured image: Moneyless – Photo of the artist – Image via Moneyless
All images courtesy of the artist.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2016Collective Show BC GalleryGroup
2016Collective Show Athen B GalleryGroup
2015Codici sorgenti, visioni urbane contemporaneeMuseo Palazzo Platamone, CataniaGroup II Mini Galerie, AmsterdamGroup
2015Public Provocations VIIColab Gallery, Weil am RheinGroup
2014Teo Pirisi - MoneylessWhite Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2013Drawings for the masses999 gallery, Roma, ItalyGroup
2013Omnia Munda MundisOrtino di Forte dei Marmi, ItalySolo
2013Graffuturism pt.2Soze Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USAGroup
2013Fame Festival collective showEx Forno, Grottaglie, ItalyGroup
2013Wider than a postcardBreeze Block Gallery, Portland, OR, USAGroup
2013ParagoneGalerie LJ, Paris, FranceGroup
2013Collective ShowBC Gallery, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2013Collective ShowArty Farty Gallery, Cologne, GermanyGroup
2013Berlin GartenSuperground, Milano, ItalyGroup
2013POTSE 68.Circle Culture Gallery, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2013Spry cans & candiesGalerie Ernst Hilger, Vienna, AustriaGroup
2013Installation Project by 999 GalleryLa Sapienza University, Roma, ItalyGroup
2013Permanent wall paintingPalazzo Collicola, Spoleto, ItalyGroup
2013Icone FestivalModena, ItalyGroup
2013Via OstenseRoma, ItalyGroup
2013Canal ProjectLondon, UKGroup
2013Land Art FestivalTozeur, TunisiaGroup
2013Memorie UrbaneGaeta, ItalyGroup
2013Buddy System invitationalBreeze Block Gallery, Portland, OR, ItalyGroup
2013Installation Project999 Gallery, via della Vite, Roma, ItalyGroup
2013Per Aspera Ad AsprasoloSoze Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USASolo
2013Attack FestivalFoligno, ItalyGroup
2013Fame FestivalGrottaglie, ItalyGroup
2013Wall paintingBunker, Torino, ItalyGroup
2013Futurism 2.0Black Hall Studios, London, UKGroup
2013Attack FestivalPalazzo Candiotti, Foligno, ItalyGroup
2013The Other FairEx carcere, Torino, ItalyGroup
2013Subterranean ModernVia Tortona 32, Milano, ItalyGroup
2013Fame Festival collective showEx Forno, Grottaglie, ItalyGroup
2013Graffuturism pt.1Soze Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USAGroup
2012Katowice Street Art FestivalKatowice, PolandGroup
2012My TurnCarmichael Gallery, Los Angeles, USAGroup
2012Trespass CalendarWooster collective, New YorkGroup
2012My turnCarmichael Gallery, Los Angeles, USAGroup
2012Scratch Expo 17New Castle Project Space, London, UKGroup
2012Bien Urbain BesanconFranceGroup
2012Ozmo Moneyless Martina Merlini 2501 Public wall painting, Firenze, ItalyGroup
2012Linear EmpireWhite walls Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USAGroup
2012Indoor mural project 941Gearey Gallery San Francisco, CA, USAGroup
2012Fame FestivalGrottaglie, ItalyGroup
2012Stroke 04 urban art fairMunich, GermanyGroup
2012Parallels Zelle Arte ContemporaneaPalermo, ItalyGroup
2012Sans ConservateurStrasbourg, FranceGroup
2012Spot Converse Foot Locker MoneylessBerlin, GermanyGroup
2012Biennale del muro dipintoDozza, ItalyGroup
2012Creature FestivalLodi, ItalyGroup
2012Amare L’Arte comune di BariBari, ItalyGroup
2012City Builders Wall PanintingDresden, GermanyGroup
2011City Builders Wall PaintingDresden, GermanyGroup
2011Del Muro DipintoDozza, ItalyGroup
2011Nementon Parco del TicinoItalyGroup
2011Fame Festival collective showEx Forno, Grottaglie, ItalyGroup
2011Urban paintingTuscany street paradise Collective, Milano, ItalyGroup
2011This is the end91mq Gallery, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2011Synthasizer “limited no art gallery”Milano, ItalyGroup
2011Wall paintingNissan Italy, ItalyGroup
2010Public installation for comune di EmpoliItalyGroup
2010Sweet sheet move to ModicaModica Zelle Arte Contemporanea, Palermo, ItalyGroup
2010Sweet Sheets IIIZelle Arte Contemporanea, Palermo, ItalyGroup