Street Art

Pixel Pancho /   Marco Bertolli

Italy 1984

Urban Art, Street Art

Pixel Pancho
Marco Bertolli
April 4, 2016
Jean is researcher and author for Widewalls.

When you think of robots, you think of toys for children and sci-fi. An idea of them being a constant source of inspiration for someone’s work simply doesn’t occur. Pixel Pancho, a young Italian artist is one of the robot aficionados, and they have been the focus of his career so far. This interest in all machine-like creatures derives from the thought that men are heroes that project their desires for immortality on these machines. He likes to base his art on the space where it will appear, whether it’s a wall somewhere in the streets or it’s a gallery, and the choice of space is not necessarily conditioned by any other factor than the artist’s feelings at the particular moment.

Men project their desires for immortality on these machines

Pixel Pancho - Riding the Dreams, pixelpancho paints the walls of the cities he visits and account
Pixel Pancho – Riding the Dreams

Life in the Streets

Pixel Pancho is an Italian street artist who specializes in large wall murals and by working constantly with an earthy color scheme to convey a more ancient feeling, Pixel creates robotic creatures inspired by different environments: the beach, the forest, the Sci-Fi universe. The artist uses a wide variety of mediums such as tiles, wall painting, sticker/poster art and more. He was born in Torino. As a child, he developed a passion for art. His grandfather was a hobby painter and taught him everything he knew about colors, shapes and the sense of art. As a result, he was soon convinced that his future lay in the art world, so he started working on his art by himself and continued that way. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Albertina and finished his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Valencia, Spain. While following his studies, and especially during his time in Spain, Pixel Pancho became well known in the world of graffiti and street art. He was inspired by life in the street and by his fellow art students. Pancho began to use the walls of the Spanish city as his canvas and expanded its collection of works. Later Pancho traveled extensively between Valencia and Torino and on his way he painted different streets. While making art he increasingly developed himself. He worked on walls and tiles and created posters and stickers.

Even as a child, he was certain that his future is bound to art

Pixel Pancho - Quick Skull, machines have marked the career of pixelpancho
Pixel Pancho – Quick Skull

Metal, Rust, and Oblivion

Pixel Pancho gets inspired by famous artists and let their styles influence his work. So he developed his own style from multiple influences from the art world. Surrealist Salvador Dali, historical painter Joaquin Sorolla and the political artist group El Equipo Cronica are great examples for Pixel Pancho. He combines their particular styles with his own style, therefore, a unique mix of styles exist which is really impressive. He was once filmed while creating his artwork ‘DJ Robot’. Pixel Pancho certainly has something with robots. He works with a wide range of topics, but the robot is surely more common than all other subjects he likes to use. Pancho gives a good explanation for using them. In an interview, he says he is driven by a forgotten world which is hidden under a thick blanket of dust and dirt. There are robots that are dented and broken to rot in the ground. The rusted iron of their body is falling apart as if they were discarded into oblivion. By using the robots in his works, these robots will get a new life.

The robot is surely more common than all other subjects he likes to use

Pixel Pancho - Colored Garden - Rebuild Valley
Pixel Pancho – Colored Garden – Rebuild Valley, photo credits Pretty Portal


For the greater part of our history, humans have been trying to explain nature phenomena by turning to divinities for answers, something that will explain the world to us. The latest solo Exhibition of Pixel Pancho, titled Androidèi, is leaning to that tradition. Since robots have marked his career, he’s found a way for them to became one with the gods, creating a single entity in which the sacred elements and the supernatural mingle and become iron and oxide. The artist expresses himself through visionary metaphors, where the men are always the protagonists, but they never appear in flesh. Instead, their flesh is a sensitive iron, their souls being the part of the gear. The robot is a man, his skin is bound to decay and rust, and the man deeply fears it. Technology has allowed the humans to turn from gods to robots in their search for perfection and immortality, to go beyond the limits of the flesh and thought. These Androidèi are our fears, but also our hopes.

The robots have become one with the gods

Pixel Pancho - Androidei, installation view at Galleria Versi, 2016, the latest account exhibition of pixelpancho
Pixel Pancho – Androidèi, installation view at Galleria Versi, 2016, image © Blind Eye Factory

Achieving Immortality

‘’My art is my life.’’ Even when he’s not creating, the research for the next pieces occupies the most of his thoughts. Pixel’s style has evolved over the years, and he’s to thank all the new experiences he’s made, the places he’s seen and the people he’s come in contact with. All of them add a little something to the process or the ideas. In the end, the work of Pixel Pancho is a constant reminder of the human’s desire to explain everything, to know everything, to achieve immortality, often forgetting our humanity along the way.

He is represented by GCA Gallery and Pretty Portal.

Pixel Pancho is based in Torino, Italy.

Images copyright Pixel Pancho.

All images used for illustrative purposes.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016AndroidèiGalleria Versi, RomeSolo
2015Memory of Our LifeStolenSpace Gallery Two, LondonSolo
2014Garden of EdenTurinSolo
2014Pow!Wow! Hawai'iHonolulu Museum Of Art School in Honolulu, HIGroup
2014PublicStreets of the Perth CBDGroup
2013RobolutionArtiflex Gallery , Antwerp, BelgiumSolo
2013The Dead HeroesSoze Gallery, LASolo
2013MURAL FestivalMontreal, CanadaGroup
2012Art BaselMiami Beach, MiamiGroup
2012See No EvilBristol, UKGroup
2011Hal0Hal0Circolo Culturale Amantes . Solo
2011Home Sweet homeGalo Art Gallery, Turin, ItalySolo
2011Sogno AmericanoArt Whino Gallery, Washginton Solo
2010Battle Series Part 1The poster cause projectGroup
2010G40 the SummitArt Whino Gallery, Washginton Group
2010Willcommen In Miener WeltAvenue Paul Vaillant CouturierSolo
2010Sky like Canvas. Vol 1Web gallery and shopGroup
2010SAW Tour 010Pretty Poratal Gallery, Dusselford, germanyGroup
2010SNNCCommon Ground Gallery, BerlinGroup
2010SAVE THE ROBOTSArt Gallery Studio55, ParisSolo
2009Sabado 5 DeConvento Jursaleum 49, Montana, ValenciaGroup
2009Across RewritingGalo Art Gallery, Turin, ItalyGroup
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