Tellas /   Fabio Schirru

Italy 1985

Street Art, Painting, Murals

Fabio Schirru
May 1, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Hailing from Cagliari, the capital of Italy’s island of Sardinia, Tellas is a highly talented contemporary artist best known for his amazing murals representing abstract nature. Born Fabio Schirru in 1985, he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts of Bologna (Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna). Grown up in Sardinian’s wild and harsh lands, Tellas’ research is based on a non-urban aesthetics, his oeuvre illustrates the most organic, personal and intimate visions of the elements of natural landscapes. The artist’s large body of work is characterized by a meditative process that mixes space and shape.

Tellas - valley 2013
Tellas – mural in Bari, IT, 2014

The 25 Most Interesting Street Artists of 2014

Tellas’ works can be seen as studies performed on a wide array of “supports”, from a big wall, a piece of paper or a canvas to an installation like the one created for the project Spettro. Listed as one of the 25 most interesting street artists worldwide by the prestigious Huffington Post US in 2014, Tellas’ work represents the abstracted concept of nature that he expresses through the use of different techniques such are mural painting, illustration, various painting techniques, audio-video productions, and installation art. Exploring the complex combination of form and space, he investigates the untouched landscapes of which he derives abstracted motifs.

Tellas explores the untouched landscapes of which he derives abstracted motifs

Tellas - scotts 2016
Tellas – mural in Salento, IT, 2014

Asylum – Collaboration with Martina Merlini and Enrico Gabrielli

In 2010, Tellas joined forces with the illustrator Martina Merlini and created Asylum, a work in progress that explores the bird microcosm through different exhibitions. Asylum is also a complex installation project, it starts from the abstract drawings of Tellas, then it goes to several bird-illustrated tables by Martina Merlini and it ends with sound walls generated by multi-instrumentalist Enrico Gabrielli. The intricate and stunningly eye-catching installation was exhibitied in such cities as Bologna, Milan, and Palermo.

Tellas and Martina Merlini – Asylum (detail), ATTACK Festival, 2012
Tellas and Martina Merlini – Asylum (detail), ATTACK Festival, 2012, photo credit Martina Merlini

On Marni – Video Art by Tellas

Tellas’ participation to international festivals and collaborations with international contemporary artists are numerous. In 2011, he collaborated with the fashion label MARNI which leads to the production of On Marni, an animated video, followed by the exhibition Welcomes You to the World of Tellas in occasion of Art Basel in Miami, Florida. The same year, he held the workshop The Shape and the Space at the K.I.R. in Stavanger, Norway during NUART, the International Festival of Urban and Contemporary Art.

On Marni is an animated video by Tellas

Exhibitions and Festivals

In 2012, Tellas was invited at Le 4 Mur Festival in Niort, France, where he had the chance to showcase his personal exhibition called Parasitism. Two years later, he was once again in France exhibiting his works at Bien Urbain festival in Besançon. His works are exposed in several projects and exhibitions both on national and international ground. Among these, La Tour Paris 13 Project is considered as one of the most innovative contemporary art projects. In 2014, Tellas’ exhibitions took place at the Mini Galerie with Apertura, followed by his participation to Artmossphere, the first Street Art Biennale in Moscow, along with more than 70 artists from all over the world, including Okuda, SatOne, and Nelio. In May 2015, Tellas had a solo exhibition at the Mini Galerie in Amsterdam, Netherlands, entitled “This Quiet, Harsh Land”.

Tellas home design 2016
Tellas – mural for Altrove Festival, Catanzaro, IT, 2015

Detailed Minimalism

Tellas’ pieces are often done solely in black and white or in different tones of a single color. His delicate nature-inspired line-works go into great detail to portray the chosen motifs. He repeats those details endlessly in order to fill the surfaces on which he works. Through his oeuvre, Tellas introduces a new type of street artist, the poetic one who is not striving to convey strong political messages but rather create the outstanding, meditative artworks that make observers feel good.

The artist is represented by Wunderkammern Gallery and MAGMA Gallery.

Tellas currently lives and works in Rome, Italy.

Featured image: Tellas – portrait, photo by Ralph Roelse
All images courtesy of the artist

YearName of the exhibtionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
20164 Urban TalesMagma Gallery, Bologna, ItalyGroup
2015This Quiet, Harsh LandMini Galerie, Amsterdam, NLSolo
2014AperturaMini Galerie, Amsterdam, NLGroup
2014Urban LegendsMuseo MACRO, Roma, ITGroup
2014Artmossphere, Streetart BiennaleArtplay Design Center, Moscow, RUGroup
2013Paragone, with Moneyless, Agostino Iacurci, PaneGalerie LJ, Paris, FRGroup
2013Italian DIYGaleria Miasta Ogrodow, Katowice, PLGroup
2012Paesaggi, with Pierpaolo FebboGalleria Comunale Portogruaro, ITGroup
2012ParasitismNiort, FRSolo
2012I Grandi AssentiGalleria Comunale d’Arte, Cagliari, ITGroup
2011Asylum Project, with Martina Merlini, Enrico GabrielliPalermo, ITGroup
2011Equilibrium, with 108Lodi, ITGroup
2011Welcomes You to the World of TellasMiami Art Basel, Miami, USASolo
2010Sweet Sheets 1Palermo, ITGroup
2010Asylum Project, with Martina Merlini, Enrico GabrielliMilano, ITGroup
2010Asylum project, with Martina Merlini, Enrico GabrielliBologna, ITGroup
2007Illegal World Art Genova, ITGroup
2006In the Street, Street ArtMilano, ITGroup