Zed1 /   Marco Burresi

Italy 1977

Street Art

Marco Burresi
August 6, 2014
Jean is researcher and author for Widewalls. jean.gallard@widewalls.ch

Marco Burresi  is Italian street artist who is better known in art world as Zed1. Born 1977  in Florence Tuscany, ZED1 started painting walls about 20 years ago and is best known for his murals of egg headed humans and curious critters that have decked walls from Amsterdam to New York.

Versatile artist manages to pass with ease from the wall to canvas, from graphic design to that for major clothing brands. His work stands out with a unique and provocative interpretation of forms and an enchanting and sometimes melancholy color palate. With wise use of the spraying technique, given a well-founded experience, ZED1 is able to obtain harmonious shades as if they were watercolors, his technique can be sudden, splashed, unfinished, as well as precisely attentive to detail. His characters are found to have strands of hair perfectly defined and texture decorative in their clothes. Marco’s recent portfolio is populated by puppets, elves, clowns and imaginary characters that can be likened to those of a fairy tale; melancholy and reflection are the masters in the atmosphere he paints. 

The artworks of Zed1 can be characterized by a good dose of humor, a very unique and personal style, his recognizable figures, use of color and his close eye for details. For his works he says they are a juice of his experiences. He also loves to challenge and he creates an interaction with his audience. Through a constant and varied development of the technique, his style evolves accordingly to his work as writer, which leads him to paint trains, walls and surfaces of all kinds. Following his predilection for imagery, he succeeds in creating a world of humanoid puppets, which, in their illusory sterility, interact with the world around them, evolving both in space and time (as in the recent “Second Skin”). Zed1 moves, through a fine dance of shapes and colors, in a post-modern surrealism that, even in its most irrational features, refers to a clear awareness, sometimes melancholy, sometimes extraordinarily ironic.

Zed1’s figures come to life because each of them have their own characterizations. These are enhanced by the sheer precision and elaborate details. His characters are a human marionettes, in which you can found particulars like Bosch and Tim Burton. He doesn’t have idols, but he respects a lot of artists like Os Gemeos, Dome, Interesni Kazki and Blu.

His works decorate walls of all those places he had traveled like Italy, Belgium, Holland, Romania, Spain, UK, Norway, Brazil…

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2014Art festivalBelgiumGroup
2014Viva sculptureSan Benedetto del Tronto, ItalyGroup
2014Fruits of MindGalo Art Gallery, Turin, ItalySolo
2013The Aque Duct MuralsNew York Racing Association, New YorkGroup
2013Beyond the StreetsGo Gallery, AmsterdamGroup
2012Boom Art TorreLago, ItalyGroup
2011Urban Painting summer showMilan, ItalyGroup
2011Blue NightLivorno, ItalyGroup
2011Rid Street Art festivalMontaione, FlorenceGroup
2011Pimp my City Certaldo, FiGroup
2011Public LandMontelupo, FiGroup
2011Group showTag Art Shop Gallery, Reggio CalabriaGroup
2011Urban Tales FestivalFoggia, ItalyGroup
2011Draw the LineCampobasso, ItalyGroup
2011Stadio Street PlayersSan Siro stadium, MilanGroup
2010free you, Street Art FestivalMontaione, FlorenceGroup
2010Urban Painting summer showMilan, ItalyGroup
2010Urban Art SlamLaboratory 21, Viareggio Lucca, ItalyGroup
2010Metarock Live PaintingPisa, ItalyGroup
2010Urban Painting "the Visconti Castle"Trezzo, ItalyGroup
2010Fresh Jam Figline Valdarno, ItalyGroup
2008Spray ArtAcquila conventionGroup
2007Spray Art ConventionPontedera, ItalyGroup
2007Spray ArtAcquila conventionGroup
2006Spray Art ConventionPontedera, ItalyGroup
2005Meeting of StylePadua, ItalyGroup
2004Airbrush showCentro Congressi Quark, MilanGroup
2004Art festivalMunicipal amphitheater, NuoroGroup
2004InkExposure in the cloister of St. Francis, BergamoGroup
2004Pull upsSports field wall Karpinjan (LE)Group
2004GenerationsWall Pontedera (PI)Group
2004ITFExposure cultural center in TPO Lenin Avenue, BolognaGroup
2004Hi-fightWall Anagnina RomeGroup
2003Techniques perfect wallTurin, ItalyGroup
2003Co attitudesWall villa Lazzaroni, RomeGroup
2003Hi-fightAnagnina terminus, RomeGroup
2002Hi-fightCultural center wall street Blue Cheese Caius Cestius, RomeGroup
2002WavesBoundary wall promenade, TermoliGroup
2002Airbrush showCentro Congressi Quark, MilanGroup
2002Arezzo WaveWall Municipal Stadium, ArezzoGroup
2002A Highly flammable wall TPO cultural center in Lenin AvenueBologna, ItalyGroup
2001Total panic wall stationS.Rossore PisaGroup
2001Cocktel party wall cattle market Grosseto, ItalyGroup
1999Panic total station wall S.Rossore Pisa, ItalyGroup
1999Cocktel party wall cattle marketGrosseto, ItalyGroup
1999Arezzo Wavewall Municipal Stadium, ArezzoGroup
1999AcquartLungarno, FlorenceGroup
1998Fringe Festival ParterFlorence, ItalyGroup