NEVERCREW - work in progress, realizing in 2014, Manchester, UK, 2016, photo by Zane Meyer

NEVERCREW /   Pablo Togni and Christian Rebecchi

Switzerland 1996

Street Art, Installation, Sculpture

Pablo Togni and Christian Rebecchi
October 17, 2016
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NEVERCREW is a Swiss duo composed of two urban artists, Christian Rebecchi and Pablo Togni. They have been working alongside each other since the year of 1996 and have produced numerous pieces since then, including the mediums of graffiti, sculpture, installations and other projects. From a stylistic point of view, NEVERCREW’s work could be defined as a visual hybrid – it combines a simple graphical structure with realistic and formally complex elements, arranged in different spatial levels.

NEVERCREW is a painting machine that realized a mural for Lugano festival in 2015
NEVERCREW – Untitled Piece in Turin, Italy – Image via

NEVERCREW’s Background

Both Pablo Togni and Christian Rebecchi attended the same art school where they’ve met and started working together. Later they’ve gone to the same Academy of Fine Arts of Brera in Milan where the future street due developed their united skill. Both of them have always had a tendency to build and experiment with different techniques and it’s in this that the future NEVERCREW has been able to start looking for a mutual synchronicity. Their first official collaborations were related to images for vinyls and mix-tapes of hip-hop bands, whose culture in the 90s was very much present in Togni and Rebecchi’s living region. Soon, they started to focus on graffiti as their main artistic focal point, predominantly focusing on figurative compositions. From the start, the duo was inspired by hip-hop and artists like Daim and Eron, but also with avant-garde painters and thinkers such as René Magritte and Adre Breton. Pablo and Christian have never been interested in looking for a specific and unique realization technique, but rather in finding the combination that could allow them to build the concepts and convey contents in a way closer to themselves. The idea of construction and composition is therefore probably the one that better defines NEVERCREW’s work – in their structures, natural elements relate together in a decidedly precarious and often forced balance. By putting such concepts into action, NEVERCREW hopes to stimulate reactions and thoughts about issues that are dear to them as individuals and which both of them consider important for our societies. In order to achieve such goals, Pablo and Chrisitan search for a visual involvement based on the presence of the elements in the space, looking for where the viewer can feel directly compared with the subjects as the subjects are to each other.

NEVERCREW’s street art is best described as an unpredictable combination of various techniques and motifs, as the Rebecchi-Togni duo sees their own work as constructed forms of mechanical and natural elements

NEVERCREW - Imitation of Life and Machine n°9, 2014 - Mural realized over the Mikser House in Belgrade (Serbia)
NEVERCREW – Imitation of Life n°9, 2014 – Mural painting over the Mikser House in Belgrade, Serbia

Unique Street Art

From NEVERCREW’s unique street painting work emerges a new surreal reality, at the same time logical and illogical, composed of memories, past experiences and personal thoughts. Living and inanimate elements, mechanical and natural elements, inorganic materials and animals – all these components coexist alongside each other within the fantastic works of Pablo Togni and Christian Rebecchi. All of these features mesh with each other and form one of the most unique and instantly recognizable collections of artworks we’ve seen present on the streets in a very long time.

Pablo Togni and Christian Rebecchi live and work in Lugano, Switzerland.

Featured image: NEVERCREW – A work in progress, Manchester, UK, 2016 – Image via Zane Meyer
All images used for illustrative purposes only.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Transversal movementQuestion Mark in Milano (I)Group
2016A better view atA BV Gallery in Atlanta (USA)Group
2016DUOThinkspace Gallery in Los Angeles (USA)Group
2016The 3rd annual esploring the new contemporary art movementThinkspace Gallery (LA) at Pow Wow Hawaii, in HonoluluGroup
2016“WIP”New Delhi (IN) for St+Art IndiaGroup
2015Frequency SpectrumSquare23 gallery, Torino (I)Solo
2015SimultaneityArtstübli, Basel (CH)Solo
2015Knotenpunkt15Affenfaust Galerie in Hamburg (DE)Group
2015Amsterdam Street Art 5 YearsGo Gallery in Amsterdam (NL)Group
2015Impact!1975 Gallery in Rochester (USA) curated by Urban Nation and Wall TherapyGroup
2013Leftover SectionEgo Gallery, Lugano (CH)Solo
2013Part of the ProcessLimonaia di Villa Saroli in Lugano (CH), Museo d'Arte LuganoSolo
2013Tin Can Phone Project Sottopassaggio dei Cigni in Lugano (CH)Solo
2013XX x XX - VentiperventiStudio d'Ars gallery, Milano (I)Group
2013Mur-MursMusée du Papier Peint, Château de Mézières (CH)Group
2013L'AM - L'Arte della Memori Villa Ambrosetti, Gentilino (CH)Group
2013Postumi - Risultati di esperienze inebriantiScuderie del Castello Visconteo-Sforzesco, Vigevano (I)Group
2013Artstübli pop up exhibitionSchlefferei during Art Basel (CH)Group
2013Stroke CuratedStudio D'Ars gallery (Streed D'Ars) in Milan (I)Group
2013271 MetersØrestad Bibliotek in Copenhagen (DK)Group
2012Tutti Giù Retroscena Cinematografico Artistico at Lab_Comacina Lugano (CH)Group
2012Most Wanted: Behind the Hype1AM gallery in San Francisco (USA)Group
2012EntropiaLa Fonderia Art Space in Bellinzona (CH)Group
2011Monster & CutiesSquid Ink in Rome (I)Group
2011A QRcode 4 the World Winston House in London (UK)Group
2010Il definitivo è trasformazioneVilla Balli in Locarno (CH)Group
2009Experience the Costa WorldSalone del Mobile of Milan (I)Group
2003Menti e AlimentiEx-Ticosa art space in Como (I)Group
2003Frigor, oggetti d'uso tra arte e designTeatro Regio in Torino (I)Group
2003Il Mercato dell'arteFruit & vegetables market in Alessandria (I)Group
2002Gli inquiliniVilla Erba in Cernobbio (I)Group
2001Frigor, oggetti d'uso tra arte e designGalleria del Design e dell'Arredamento in Cantù (I)Group
2000Salon 1the Palazzo della Permanente & Sala Napoleonica in Milan (I)Group
1999Fumetti: Maestri e giovani disegnatori svizzeriMuseo d'Arte Contemporanea in Bellinzona (CH)Group
1998Dalla Strada viaggio nella cultura dei graffitiMuseo d'Arte Contemporanea in Bellinzona (CH)Group