Gola Hundun in front of his mural, photo by Diana Larrea

Gola Hundun/ Gola Hundun

Italy 1982

Installation, Environmental Art, Nature Art

www.golahundun.com

Gola Hundun
Gola Hundun
Male
Italy
1982

The art practice of Gola Hundun can be described as a spiritually and philosophically inclined strategy aimed to introduce possibilities of interspecies communication. His adornment of flora and fauna led him to construct peculiar narratives which are inseparable from his social and political beliefs. Allegorical and organic images that Hundun produces in medias spanning from drawing, painting, murals, installation and video, perfectly reflect his utopian longings and aspirations. The fact that he decided to live as a vegetarian since the age of 16 provide an additional layer to understanding his work and suggest artist’s need to articulate both one’s own and collective position in relation to nature.

His works were on view in Spain and around the world in 2010 2011 2012 2013 width=
Gola Hundun -Due sfere un unico sole, 2014

From Street Art to Fine Arts and Back

Gola Hundun was born in 1982, in Italy. His artistic journey started with street art at the age of 12, much before he even started attending the high school of arts in Ravenna. Continuation of Hundun’s studies happened at Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna where he received the Master’s degree. 2004 was marked by his transition to Barcelona and the decision to get distance himself from fine arts and get back to graffiti. Traveling and accomplishing works around Europe broadened his horizons, especially a residency in Quebec was significant for the further development of his burgeoning international carrier. Soon, Hundun had an opportunity to show his work on distinct locations from Brazil to Japan.[1]

Organic materials are essential in the work of Gola Hundun

From 2008 and 2009 Gola realizes his new work both in gallery instagram and outside on the walls
Gola Hundun- Arniul, Lago, Italy, 2015

The Power of Nature in The Works of Gola Hundun

When it comes to defining Hundun’s work, it is not just the matter of media he is working with, more importantly, it is the materials he uses to build the artwork. By incorporating fiber, living plants or theirs dried parts, and even electronic music, Hudun creates specific habitats for micro/macro communities, which very often can function as different kind of urban animal shelters – bird nests, beehives, bat houses, etc. Vegetarianism movement and ethics, hybrid art and Transgenic movement, sacred or psychedelic art, shamanism and, in the broad sense of the word, spirituality are overwhelming his fancy and represent the very sum of symbols, motives, and influences which represent the core of his approach.[2]

Depictions of nature are both conceptual and colorful

The agenda of this artist largely revolves around the human role in both nature and culture
Gola Hundun-Risveglio, Catanzaro, Italy, 2016

Green Awareness and Peaceful Coexistence

The works of Gola Hundun are not reflecting a just mere fascination with nature, yet they can be perceived as a certain form of socially active practice. According to Hundun, public space should be re-thought in the spirit of coexistence and ecological awareness. Therefore, it is no wonder that from the artist’s standpoints to the execution of his ideas, every segment shows the importance of community building in the sense of the unbreakable bond between nature and man. Hundun’s ongoing activity of a burgeoning artist is evident not only in large numbers of solo and group exhibitions, but the immediacy and call on participation in the context of the concrete action as well.

Gola Hundun lives and works in Barcelona.

References:

  1. Levy.R, (2015), Wild Life Spirit a new mural by Gola Hundun in Imola, Italy, Street Art News, [Novembre 19, 2016]
  2. (2016), Gola Hundun Creates a Tree of Life for Land-Shape Festival in Denmark, Brooklyn Street Art, [Novembre 19, 2016]

Featured image: Gola Hundun in front of his work, photo by Diana Larrea
All images courtesy of the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Naturart ProjectNo Title Gallery, Pordenone, ItalySolo
2016Intelligenza VegetalePortanova 12, Bologna, ItalySolo
2015Olio Santo, Pigment WorkroomBari, ItalySolo
20144 Seasons ProjectAmsterdam, NetherlandsSolo
2013Animalismo MagicoSantarcangelo di Romagna, ItalySolo
2012Flow MasterGorky Park, Moscow, RussiaSolo
2011VegetaçaoTag & Juice, Sao Paulo, BrazilSolo
2011Hibrido, (double Solo with Paulo Auma)CCC, Curitiba, BrazilSolo
2010Adventure Beyond of Ultra World (Double Solo with Kenor)Base Elements, Barcelona, SpainSolo
2009Il Sogno dell’Arcigufo36A Spazio Gallery, Bellaria, Rimini, ItalySolo
2016Land-Shape FestivalVra, DenmarkGroup
2016Artmosphere Mural Art BiennaleManege, Moscow,RussiaGroup
2016The Outdoor Museum Of Cities Of Europe & Asia, Magnitogorsk, RussiaGroup
2016Urban Art FairCarreau du Temple, Paris FranceGroup
2016Squinterno FestivalBerceto, ItalyGroup
2016Naturalezas UrbanasMuros Tabacalera, Madrid, SpainGroup
2016Tafuzy DayCastello degli Agolanti, Riccione, ItalyGroup
2016Impronte 2016Bonito, Irpinia, ItalyGroup
2016Memorie UrbanTerracina, ItalyGroup
2016Altrove offCatanzaro, ItalyGroup
2016Directors Choice19Karen, Golden Coast, AustraliaGroup
2016Happy19Karen, Golden Coast, AustraliaGroup
2015EvolucionHoneycomb Gallery, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaGroup
2015Street MeetWurzburg, GermanyGroup
2015SubsidenzeBonobolabo, Ravenna, ItalyGroup
2015RestartImola, ItalyGroup
2015Viavai projDon Gallery, Milano, ItalyGroup
2015EurotopiaLa Escocesa, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2014Biennale del DisegnoMuseo della cittá, Rimini, ItaliaGroup
2014Scrittura DisegnataMusas, Santarcangelo di Romagna, ItaliaGroup
2014Mucchio Selvaggio IIID406, Modena,ItalyGroup
2014Viavai ProjectRacale (LE), ItalyGroup
2014Dolomiti ContemporaneeNuovo Spazio Espositivo, Casso (BL), ItalyGroup
2014Sagra della Street ArtReggio Emilia, ItalyGroup
2013Cash Cans and CandyHilger BrotKunstHalle, Wien, AustriaGroup
2013Artbat FestAlmaty, KazakhstanGroup
2013Icone 5.9D406, Modena, ItalyGroup
2012NuiguruUma et Merdre, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2012Suburban2Bunker, Torino, ItaliaGroup
2012Outer Space FestivalPoznan, PolandGroup
2012Las Paredes HablanMutuo, BarcelonaGroup
2011Barcelona FinestCelal Gallery, Paris, FranceGroup
2011La Memoria Non Si CancellaSS9 Teatro, Reggio Emilia, ItalyGroup
2011Artaq 1 BruxellesEspas-art22, Bruxelles, BelgiumGroup
2011Artaq 1 LyonGaleri Confluence, Lyon, FranceGroup
2010Artaq 1 BerlinStattbad Wedding, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2010Artaq 1 ParisEspace Beaurepaire, Paris, FranceGroup
2010PintallaAntigua Casa Haiku, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2010Ritual,Red Magic, complesso case popolariReggio Emilia, ItaliaGroup
2010Hello Nasty, Infart Castello degli Ezzelini, Bassano del Grappa, ItaliaGroup
2010Invasioni e TerapiePlazzo Fogazzaro, Schio(VI), ItaliaGroup
2010GasbuknMorgan Bridge, Quebec City, CanadaGroup
2010Artaq PrizeAnger, FranceGroup
2010Save Ours SkiersLAB 610 XL, Feltre, ItaliaGroup
2010RitualAperitivos Visuales, Tenerife, EspañaGroup
2009(H)earth 2ndArt-Port, Udine, ItaliaGroup
2009400ML 2Chateau des Izards, Coulounieix-Chamiers,DordoneGroup
2009Degli uomini selvaggi e d’altre forasticherieLAB610 XL, Servo di Sovramonte, ItaliaGroup
2009400ml 2Maison des Metallos,ParisGroup
2009Pop Up!MAC, Ancona, ItaliaGroup
2009Digital is Human-Digital EntertainmentMuseo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia, Milano, ItaliaGroup
2009Street Without WallMuseo della Misericordia,Firenze,ItalyGroup
2009Europa UndergroundClub Studio Gallery,Lodi,ItalyGroup
2009My PlaceMilano,ItaliaGroup
2008Spray contra la FamMiscelänea,BarcelonaGroup
2008Sketchel Group ShowMondo Pop,RomaGroup
2008Sparrow Group ExibitionKiev, UkrainaGroup
2008400mlMaison des Metallos,ParisGroup
2008Grafiteros and Dj Contra la Famlos Encantes,BarcelonaGroup
2008Premio Italian Factory 2008Fabbrica del Vapore,MilanoGroup
2008Tres Amigos ShowBase Element, Barcellona, EspanaGroup
2008Infart3Museo Civico, Bassano del Grappa, VI, ItaliaGroup
2008Visual Slang 2008Abrons Arts Center, Manatthan, New YorkGroup
2008Manifesta7Citta al Muro, Trento, ItaliaGroup
2008Loop FestivalDistricto Quinto, Barcelona, EspanaGroup
2008Platano RockTenerife, EspanaGroup
2008Happy Monsters Assault!!Pure Evil Gallery, LondonGroup
2008Expopo#3café milans, Barcelona, BCNGroup
2008ARTshake2Galleria civica di arte contemporanea,Termoli,CBGroup