Nuart Festival final artist announcement concludes the line-up for this year’s Festival with one of the most highly regarded exponents of Italian graffiti and street art, Eron, and the French photorealist mural painter, MTO.
Eron is widely considered one of the most talented Italian graffiti and street artists of the past two decades, building a strong reputation for channelling a fine art aesthetic onto the street. One of his most iconic artworks is a “trompe l’oeil” created on the ceiling of the church of San Martino in Rimini, Italy, titled Forever and ever … for ever and ever (2010).
Having established himself as one of the most respected photorealistic painters working on the streets, MTO has recently undertaken a bold new direction that explores the intersection between street art, public space and augmented reality. When documented by the omnipresent Google CCTV cars, his large-scale murals resemble a “bug” in Google Earth or Google Street View. MTO will continue with this series at Nuart with an ambitious “trompe l’oeil” (or three-dimensional) outdoor installation in Stavanger.
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Eron is a Rome-born artist and one of the bestknown exponents of Italian graffiti and street art. Although academically trained at the city’s Scuola d’Arte di Urbino, Eron had been practicing graffiti since the age of fifteen. After several years of illegal activity, he developed a recognizable style that combined both his formal art background and love of unsanctioned street work.
Eron blends his paintings into the natural features of a wall or object to create seemingly fleeting figurative visions. His highly-evocative works border on optical illusions inspired by the perceptual phenomenon known as pareidolia (when the mind perceives a pattern where none actually exists).
He has participated in many individual and group shows throughout Italy and abroad, including solo shows at Museo d’Arte della Città di Ravenna; White Room Gallery, Capri; Binz & Krämer Gallery, Cologne; LC Gallery, Berlin; Ego Gallery, Lugano; Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Villa Franceschi, Riccione; Mondo Bizzarro Gallery, Rome; and Arte Due Gallery, Milan, to name a few.
MTO is a French artist best-known for his grey scaled photorealistic portraits. Recently his work has taken a new direction, exploring the intersection between street art, public space and augmented reality.
Having experienced the vibrant graffiti scene of Barcelona as a youngster, MTO became inspired to produce work on the streets and moved to Berlin in 2006. Over the course of the next seven years MTO established himself as a fine photorealistic painter, producing distinctive portraits with a trademark red outline and palette.
MTO’s recent work includes a series of large-scale murals that, when documented, create a “bug” or “hack” in Google Earth or Google Street View. His first Google “hack” – painted in Gaeta, Italy – has been active since July 2015. The second, painted in the Loures municipality of Lisbon in 2015, is yet to “enter the system”. For Nuart, MTO will continue the series with an ambitious “trompe l’oeil” or three-dimensional outdoor installation in Stavanger.