Solo portrait, 2013 - Copyright Galleria Varsi

Solo/ Unknown

Italy 1982

Street Art

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Solo
Unknown
Male
Italy
1982
October 17, 2015
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Solo is an Italian street artist, known for his murals that focus on comics and pop icons, and the reinterpretation of superhero characters. He was born on January 1, 1982 in Rome. During his formative years (early 90’s until 2000), Solo slowly started to shift form the writing movement to Street Art, which he practices to this day. He received his academic training at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, which he enrolled in in 2003, and later graduated from it with an outstanding success. He also published an anthology on an eminent American Pop artist, Ronnie Cutrone.

Solo’s Murals

Solo - Young Tex - Copyright Solo
Solo – Young Tex, Rome

The main source of inspiration for Solo’s artworks is comic books. His candid and lively style incorporates and elaborates various subjects and elements, like characters from comics, cityscapes, everyday objects, and even works of art from the past. Solo creates new versions of his subject’s stories by expanding on their already existing ones. He believes that his audience will find themselves in his characters; that they can relate to them.

Superheroes

Solo - Scent of a (Wonder) Woman, 2014 - Copyright Solo
Solo – Scent of a (Wonder) Woman, 2014

The process of creation usually begins with drawings in acrylic colors, followed by applying layers and layers of various media and materials, such as chalk, or oil painting. The materials may vary according to how Solo feels and where the flow is taking him. It is not unusual to see food and coffee as materials the artist uses. Solo’s murals may vary in style as well, but the one thing that is pretty constant throughout his pieces is his subjects – he stays true to his world of superheroes. And just like the superheroes in comic books and on screen, their purpose is to “save us”, or to “make us feel less lonely in an often harsh society”.

Exhibition: Heroes in Crisis

Solo - Heroes in Crisis, 2013 - Courtesy of Galleria Varsi
Solo – Heroes in Crisis 2 & 4, 2013 – Courtesy of Galleria Varsi

Solo’s talent and imagery have been recognized by many, and his artworks have received both public and critical acclaim. He has participated in numerous group and one-person exhibitions, and was a guest of many festivals. In 2009, Solo traveled to London, where he worked on collaborative installations with videomakers, The Butchers. The installation was subsequently presented in 2010 at Dissonanze, a festival of electronic music. His works were also featured at Get Numb festival, and The Push festival. His most renowned one man exhibition took place in 2013 at Galleria Varsi in Rome, titled Heroes in Crisis. The purpose of the exhibition was to show the crisis that the society is facing nowadays. This crisis is mirrored on the superheroes, as they have lost their powers and are thus unable to cope with the changes. Adult Childhood is a joint exhibition with Stefano Bolcato, which was organized by Pink Zeppelin Gallery from Berlin in 2014. The most recent group show, Art in Mind: Absolution, took place in 2015 at Brick Lane Gallery in London.

Solo is represented by Galleria Varsi in Rome.

All images courtesy of the artist and Galleria Varsi.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015UAUGalleria Ca' D'oro RomaGroup
2015Art in Mind: AbsolutionBrick Lane Gallery, LondonGroup
2014TelethomNaples, ItalyGroup
2014Adult Childhood (with Stefano Bolcato)PinkZeppelin Gallery, BerlinDuo
2013Heroes in CrisisGalleria Varsi, RomeSolo
2013EmergenceStreet Art FestivalGroup
2013Urban Spaces IbizaIbiza,SpainGroup
2013Rim je Tadi !!Trafacka Gallery, PragueSolo
2013Studio d’ArtistaRomeSolo
2013Festa Cinema OffRomeGroup
2012Heroes Can’t Win SoloGalleria Rue de Beauce, PragueSolo
2012Affordable Art Fair RomaMuseo Arte Contemporanea, RomeGroup
2012Bull PaintingMuseo Arte Contemporanea, RomeGroup
2012EmergenceStreet Art FestivalGroup
2012Group ShowUrban Contest Gallery, RomeGroup
2012Crack FestivalRomeGroup
2012Dinamo FestRomeGroup
2012Group ShowArt Fair MiamiGroup
2012Congresso dei DisegnatoriIstituto Svizzero di Roma, RomeGroup
2011WARGarageZero, RomeSolo
2011Viennart Vs The TripMuseo Arte Contemporanea, RomeGroup
2011Sk8 Like Canvas, Vol2.Ex Roma club monti, RomeGroup
2010Sk8 Like Canvas, Vol1.Risinglove, RomeGroup
2008Scala MercalliRomeGroup