Born in Foggia in 1986, Italian street artist Agostino Iacurci lives and works between Rome and Nuremberg. Agostino Iacurci paints using a vocabulary of flat shapes, blowing up the geometric forms to an enormous scale to compose larger-than-life illustrative works outdoors. Primarily focusing on characters, Iacurci’s murals adapt to the contour’s of a building’s surface, converting apartments and even prison yards into storybook pages of sorts. Iacurci’s style brims with whimsy and humor, but the shapes he renders coalesce into somber characters who appear to express a sense of disillusionment and foreboding at times. Iacurci also works in a smaller scale in his drawings and etchings, which apply a more expressive approach to his subjects.
Since 2008 he has made several huge murals in public spaces, working among the others, for Roma 3 University and Fubon Art Foundation in Taipei. In 2012 Agostino Iacurci has been invited by the Fine Art Academy of Rome to paint a huge mural for the launch of the new headquarter. In the same year, he took part at Bien Urbain Festival to paint a three buildings big mural for the University Campus of Besançon (France).
Agostino Iacurci created a mural of over 300 meters for Saba School in Algeria and, together with the inmates, two huge murals in the yard of the “maximum security” zone of Rebibbia prison. Agostino Iacurci’s work has been presented at several exhibitions and festivals in Europe, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Russia and the United States.
Featured image: Agostino Iacurci for Memorie Urbane festival, 2014, photo credits The Blind Eye Factory and Dante Corsetti