The site-specific stencil poster with the exciting title "Rinascita" (Rebirth), created especially for the Gallery, continues to be displayed on the walls of the cloister-garden.
Rebirth, renewal and regeneration are just some of the ideal themes pursued by Sten Lex, pioneers of the stencil poster, which has made them among the most internationally famous Italian muralists.
The Sten Lex duo, who play on the ambiguity of unrecognisability, is made up of an artist from Rome and a woman from Taranto, class of '79-'80. Their names first appeared on Roman walls in 2001 with strong references to cinema, sacred art and pop culture, first separately, making portraits of characters from Italian b-movies and 70s American TV films such as Hitchcock, Orson Welles and Bergman. Since 2005, their paths and names have merged, unleashing twice the energy and creativity in their work. Moving from the iconic faces on stamps and banknotes to drawings and posters on tissue paper, they arrive at the creation of what they call the Hole School, introducing mezzotint into stencils, optical figures composed of pixels or lines.
From 2010 to 2013, they made portraits of anonymous people on large facades, mostly students and professors taken from university yearbooks of the 60s and 90s: this is the period when they moved further away from Pop iconography to give space to unknown characters belonging to the middle class.
The constant experimentation, which is the hallmark of their art, soon led the two artists to the invention of the "stencil poster", a stencil-based technique inspired by classical engravings and today's prints, designating them as "engravers of the new millennium". Stencil Posters consist of gluing a poster to a wall as if it were wallpaper, which is then painted and finally letting the weather, taking the place of the artists, reveal the final work by destroying the paper matrix and allowing the painting underneath to emerge. This process goes against the main use of the stencil which is its reproducibility, the matrix decaying makes the work "unique" and no longer replicable, a paradox of the technique.
Their style has evolved surprisingly since 2013, when the two artists turned from figurative art to the composition of abstract shapes, lines and landscapes, influenced by artists such as Kandinskij, Mirò, Dorazio, Twombly, Sol LeWitt and Frank Stella, but never abandoning the street, where it all began.
Appreciated not only in Italy, in 2008 they were invited by Banksy to his Cans Festival in London and, increasingly in demand, in the following years they began to work on huge surfaces, creating gigantic works for some of the most important international festivals such as the Nuart Festival in Stavanger, Norway (2008, 2010), the Living Walls in Atlanta, USA (2012), the Katowice Street Art Festival in Poland (2013), the Palma festival in Caen, France (2019) and many others. In 2014, the Italian Cultural Institute supports them to create a facade in Shanghai, entitled "Vulcano".
In 2014, they made "Arazzo" at the Foro Italico in Rome. The same year they took part in group exhibitions in contemporary art museums such as Maco in Oaxaca, Mexico, Caixa Cultural in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Cafa Museum in Beijing.
Among their latest projects, it is worth mentioning their participation in the exhibition "Cross the Streets", at MACRO in Rome in 2017.
Until 13 March 2022
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