Giacomo Spazio

Italy 1957

Urban Art, Street Art

Giacomo Spazio
Giacomo Spazio
April 2, 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.

Art is very similar to music. Both fields seek expression, one through a visual stimulus, other through words and tones. When you can’t decide what suits you best, why not combine the two? Giacomo Spazio is an Italian artist who has been part of the Italian underground culture for over 40 years. In 1975, he started writing poetical phrases on the walls of his native Milan and performs between Milan and London, both alone and with the group “Poesia Metropolitana”. He is one of the first Italian artists to work on the street (1975-1987), being an avant-garde in years of the Italian Street Art movement.

Giacomo Spazio - My New York City, 2013
Giacomo Spazio – My New York City, 2013


In the mid-1980s, Spazio got involved with the punk and indie-rock culture and even founded the punk(art)rock band called “2+2=5” in 1982, with whom he recorded 3 records. He also took part in several other bands before finally going solo. In 1983, with Ermanno Gomma Guarnieri, Spazio established the first Italian company that distributed counter-culture punk material – the UT distribution. Also, he was among the founders of the magazine Decoder, as well as the founder of the music magazines Vinile and Vox Pop.

He got involved with the punk and indie-rock culture

Giacomo Spazio - Andy Pop (Butt), 2010 - Andy Pop (Pig), 2010
Giacomo Spazio – Andy Pop (Butt), 2010 (Left)/ Andy Pop (Pig), 2010 (Right)

Spazio’s Mixture of Cultural Codes

It was not late until the 90s that he went back to being a visual artist. Since then, his art career, swinging between music and literature, began to make a strong emotional and social impact. The hybrid mixture of cultural codes in his imagery mostly originates from fanzines of the 1970s and 1980s, from punk graphics, album covers of those years, from documents of the underground scene and artistic/musical performances, from photos taken from publications, magazines, and daily newspapers. He uses information and images from the media and proposes them with an ironic and desecrating, cynical and subversive intention.

His career is somewhere between music and literature

Giacomo Spazio - Visual Pollution 001, 2013 - I Need You, 2013
Giacomo Spazio – Visual Pollution 001, 2013 (Left) / I Need You, 2013 (Right)

Spazio’s Recent Creations

Spazio works by dislocation and shifting, creating fakes that acquire political value: by manipulating images, the artist carries out a critique on information, on the mechanism that presides over the “creation” of news, denouncing its presumed truthfulness. His recent creations seem like enlargements of fanzine and album covers and are, in a certain way, familiar to those who have crossed or shared the musical, cinema to graphic, and literary course and imaginary of underground cultures. Nowadays, Giacomo works on his art and belongs to a collective of artists that he founded called the “Limited No Art Gallery” – an independent art gallery launched in 2006 to promote art, without prejudice.

He is represented by Open Walls Gallery in Berlin.

Giacomo Spazio lives and works in Milan.

Featured image: Giacomo Spacio – I Kissed a Girl and I Liked It, photo credits the artist
All images courtesy of Open Walls Gallery

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015Daily DoseThe Don Gallery, Milano, ItalyGroup
2015My Secret – Forbidden BookLibreria Utopia, Milano, ItalyGroup
2014Out Of TuneMelzo 42 Gallery, Milano, ItalyGroup
201420 x 20Studio D’Ars, Milano, ItalyGroup
2014Part Time PoetHumus Dance, Mendrisio, SwitzerlandSolo
2013Second-Hand PoetryGalleria Derbylius, Milano, ItalySolo
2013Oak Barrel Fumes, Hennessy 4 Street ArtThe Don Gallery, Milano, ItalyGroup
2013To Be With you Is All I NeedOPEN WALLS Gallery, Berlin, GermanySolo
2013DissidentsOPEN WALLS Gallery, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2013Stroke#7 Art FairMunich, GermanyGroup
2012Subterranean ModernThe Don Gallery, Milan, ItalyGroup
2011Contemporary Istanbul Art FairIstanbul, TurkeyGroup
2011DissidentsWest Berlin Gallery, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2011Blooom, Art FairCologne, GermanyGroup
2011Stroke#5 Art FairBerlin, GermanyGroup
2011Stroke#4 Art FairMunich, GermanyGroup
2011Pop Life!The Don Gallery, Milan, ItalySolo
2011Beyond Good & EvilWest Berlin Gallery, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2010InnestareOfficina Temporanea, Milan, ItalyGroup
2010Stroke#3 Art FairBerlin, GermanyGroup
2010Stroke#2 Art FairMunich, GermanyGroup
2010As Loud As PossibleXlab Gallery, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2009Pop DisasterLimitedNoArtGallery, Milan, ItalySolo
2009UnknownMuseum of Contemporary Art, Istanbul, TurkeyGroup
2009Stroke#1 Art FairMunich, GermanyGroup
2009DerbyliusArtist Book Show, Milan, ItalyGroup
2008Art FairGeneva, SwitzerlandGroup
2008Pop DisasterOrange Gallery, Bergamo, ItalySolo
2007Never ForgetContainer Art, Geneva, SwitzerlandGroup
2006Do it AgainContainer Art, Varese, ItalyGroup
2006A New LoopMuseum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2006Selected Ambient WordsGalleria Comunale, Riccione, ItalyGroup
2005Selected Ambient WordsGalleria Santa croce, Cattolica, ItalyGroup
2005Selected Ambient WordsGalleria Libreria Derbyliu, Milan, ItalyGroup
2005Box 43Container Art, Bergamo, ItalyGroup