Maurizio Cattelan, a contemporary Italian artist who has been amusing and horrifying viewers for the entirety of his career, and Pierpaolo Ferrari, an Italian commercial photographer, first paired as photographers in 2009, creating a prescient editorial for W magazine’s annual Art Issue. After this collaboration, the duo founded Toiletpaper, a bi-annual magazine dedicated to making unique and surprising images, that is a work of art in itself.
Photographer Pierpaolo Ferrari was born and raised in Milan, Italy. Ferrari achieved early success working with the agencies BBDO and Saatchi & Saatchi for clients including Nike, Sony, Campari, Heineken, MTV, and the car manufacturers Mercedes Benz, Audi and BMW.
Born in Padova, Italy, Maurizio Cattelan is celebrated for his both dark humor and vivid works, often depicting celebrities, politicians, figures from art history and animals in absurd situations. Born in Milan, Ferrari has been working with the agencies BBDO and Saatchi & Saatchi for clients including Nike, Sony, Campari, Heineken, MTV, and the car manufacturers Mercedes Benz, Audi and BMW. As a duo, Cattelan and Ferrari created work for T Magazine, Dazed and Confused, Wallpaer and American Vogue, among others, as well as campaigns for commercial clients such as MAC Cosmetics, OK Cupid, Galeries Lafayette and Kenzo.
Featured image: Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari - Untitled, 2016 (detail). Gilded wood, mirror, glass, UV color print. 49 1/5 × 33 1/2 in. 125 × 85 cm. Photo courtesy Perrotin