Rae Martini - artist

Rae Martini

Italy 1976

Graffiti, Illustration, Abstract Art, Painting


Rae Martini
Rae Martini
September 12, 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.

Rae Martini is an Italian painter and street artist who discovered his passion for writing in the late 80s. For over twenty-five years he serves as one of the greatest exemplars of the Italian Graffiti movement. Born in 1976 in Milan, Martini defined himself as a graffiti artist in his teens, painting the streets and trains in his native country and beyond since the late 80’s. While his works adorn walls in numerous European cities, the artist has simultaneously pursued a gallery career as a painter.

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Rae Martini – Body Rock, 2013 (Left) / Bubble Trouble, 2013

Graffiti-Inspired Abstract Paintings

Rae Martini’s abstract works emulate the grit and urban texture with graffiti-infused flourishes of color. Often useing fire and dirt to create the desired effect, Martini’s approach includes researching, building, and destroying, then rebuilding in a process were aesthetic meaning evolves. In his paintings, writing and abstract painting domains intertwine and influence each other with the aesthetics and experiences of two worlds, distant, yet close. His canvases resemble stunning ruins of urban landscape painted not in imagery, but painted in more abstract forms.

No Nuts No Glory, 2013 (Left) / Smiling Arrows, 2013 (Right) - click home reserved
Rae Martini – No Nuts No Glory, 2013 (Left) / Smiling Arrows, 2013 (Right)

24 Carat Dirt – Monograph by Rae Martini

The development of both Rae Martini’s graffiti and fine art is documented in 24 Carat Dirt, a 208 page hardcover book published in spring 2012 by Damiani and accompanied by a short film. The project was sponsored by clothing and lifestyle brand WeSC. The complex process of Martini’s evolution from the letters’ early form to the complexity of Wild Style two decades later is expressed sequentially throughout the sections of the book – the walls, trains and canvases, with a small closing chapter about the recent production. Moreover, 24 Carat Dirt highlights the expressive features of one of the several authors capable of distinguishing himself on the international scene, not only for the quality and quantity of his work, but also for his constant evolution.

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Rae Martini – Mural at Amazing Day 2013, Milan, Italy, photo credits – Il Gorgo

54 Venice Biennale and the ARTYOU award

Rae Martini has participated in numerous individual and collective exhibitions in museum and galleries worldwide including Hausammann Gallery, Miami, USA (2015); Galerie Openspace, Paris, France (2013); Edward Cutler Gallery, Milan, Italy (2013); Prague City Gallery, Czech Republic (2012); Unruly Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2013); Museum Recoleta, Buenos Aires (2008); Santa Maria della Scala Museum, Siena (2008); and Henxs Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2006); to name a few.

Martini exhibited at the 54 Venice Biennale International Art Show Special Project, Pavilion Italy – Lombardia, Palazzo della Regione, Milan, Italy in 2011, and participated with the Graffuturism group for In Situ during Art Basel in 2011. His mixed-media painting titled 1-2-1 won the ARTYOU award 2012 in Basel, Switzerland.

The artist is represented by Artstübli, an exhibition and project space in Basel and Hausammann Gallery in Miami, FL.

Rae Martini lives and works in Milan, Italy.

Featured image credits Graffuturism; Images copyright © the artist and Hausammann Gallery; Rae Martini – Mural at Amazing Day photo credits © Il Gorgo

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015Rae MartiniHausammann Gallery Miami, USASolo
2014Mural installation for Frontier - The line of styleBologna, ItalyGroup
2014Mural installation, Emergence FestivalGiardini Naxos, ItalyGroup
2013Blooom Art FairUnruly Gallery Amsterdam, Koln, GermanyGroup
2013Tortured papersGalerie Openspace, Paris, FranceSolo
2013Artsubli, Art Basel 2013Schleifferei, Basel, SwitzerlandGroup
2013Soulie, Tapies,Alsterlind, Kanno,Kuroda, Rae Martini, Smash137 Galerie Schoeneck, Riehen / Basel, SwitzerlandGroup
2013Memory and tracesEdward Cutler Gallery, Milan, ItalyGroup
2012Graffuturism, ArtShareLASoze Gallery, Los Angeles, USAGroup
2012Stuck on the city, Rebel InkPrague City Gallery, Prague, Czech republicGroup
2012ArtYou, Urbane Kunst Basel, AckermannshofBasel, SwitzerlandGroup
2012Stroke 07 Urban Art Fair, PostbahnhofBerlin, GermanyGroup
2012DisambiguationCarmichael Gallery, Los Angeles, USAGroup
201224 Carat DirtUnruly Gallery, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsSolo
201224 Carat DirtThe Don Gallery, Milan, ItalySolo
2012Stroke 07 Urban Art fair, PraterinselMunich, GermanyGroup
2011Art Basel MiamiMiami, USAGroup
2011Le Lieu Unique, Faire le MurMuCEM Paris collection and Group, Nantes, FranceGroup
201154 Venice Biennale International Art show special project, Pavilion ItalyLombardia, Palazzo della Regione, Milan, ItalyGroup
2010Maschio Angioino, Rae Martini, Dalla storia del graffitismo alla pittura contemporaneaFondazione Valenzi, Naples, ItalySolo
2009La Cigale, Graffiti et Street ArtMillon & Cornette de Saint Cyr, Paris, FranceGroup
2008Street Art Italy/ArgentinaMuseo Recoleta, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaGroup
2008Names Fest, Hall C/Kino Aero, Rebel Ink performancePrague, Czech RepublicGroup
2008Piazza il Campo, Bright DisorderMuseo Santa Maria della Scala, Siena, ItalyGroup
2008Street Art Italy/BrasilMAC - Museu de Arte Contemporanea San Paolo, San Paolo, BrasilGroup
2007Street art Sweet artPAC - Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan, ItalyGroup
2007Rae Martini, Pho, TermineAvantgarden Gallery, Milan, ItalyGroup
2006Base B, MINAMEIS, Triennale BVSMilan, ItalyGroup
2006Six Feet Under, Talk to the cityGalleria Care Off, Milan, ItalyGroup
2006Paintings 2006Galleria Antonio Battaglia, Milan, ItalySolo
2006Mikosa projectHenxs Gallery, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsGroup
2005X05WesterGasfabriek, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsGroup
2005Pre writingStudio Ready Made, Milan, ItalyGroup
2005Urban Edge ShowSpazio P4, Milan, ItalyGroup
2005The citySpazio P4, Milan, ItalySolo
2004Now UndergroundBinario 21 Stazione Centrale, Milan, ItalyGroup