Working five stories high in a lift, Agostino Iacurci paints colorful murals to bring public art into the urban fabric in redeveloping Rome’s recovering areas. An acclaimed muralist and illustrator, he started as a graffiti artist at age 12 in Foggia, Italy, and now at 26 he is an assistant professor at IED, the European Institute of Design. He also collaborates as a lecturer in illustration at Workshop B5, his alma mater at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome where he now lives.
His work includes huge murals in public spaces from the Saba School in Algeria, two huge installations at the Rebibbia maximum prison, to working with Waves, an organization that focuses on Public art and urban renewal, developing and promoting creative talent, and educating and involving citizens to improve the space in which they live. Iacurci’s work has been shown in exhibitions in Italy, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and the United States.
I love the juxtaposition of the modern art in this exhibit to the scaffolding and construction going on behind the installation, right down to the shadows in the background that look like people hovering over the site.
Iacurci says that he builds illustrations on which everyone can build his or her own novel. He believes his own work “is about human relationships seen from an ironic viewpoint.” You can read more about Iacurci here, and at The Citrus Report an article in January written by Ronnie Wrest. You may want to take a moment to search this interesting website as well.
In this video you can see Iacurci and five other artists in the Making of Outdoor Urban Art Festival 2011 in Rome, Italy.
Can you imagine installations like these in your hometown? That would be way cool. Bellissima!