ART01 Barcelona is pleased to announce the opening of MODERN ICONS, the gallery’s first exhibition with TvBoy. The show will present a serie of new paintings in which the artist projects his ironic, irreverent and colourful views on icons of our world as compelling reflexions on our modernity.
TvBoy leads viewers in his world of urban art energy hyped with a Wharolian attitude towards the merchandization of the world, all wrapped in an ironic yet hopeful carnavalization of our society. Taking on the streets of Milan and Barcelona at the start of his artist life, TvBoy has developed his art into an ongoing experimentation, a meta-narration of the contemporary filled with reminders of the past where the spectator is invited to take part in the dialogue between Art and mass media culture. The essence of his art lies in the sensitivity and distance with which he observes the reality surrounding him. Represented by his creative alter ego, a TV-raised ever smiling child, the artist explores in vivid colours with tenderness and post-modernist irony the contradictions, antagonisms, absurdity and grace of our world.
With MODERN ICONS TvBoy pays tribute to some of his heroes as well as acknowledges the dominant figures of our era and transfigures them into political symbols, brands, religious archetypes, comic book heroes. Pablo Picasso and his genius metamorphose into Pikachu the cute derisory manga character, darling of the global business of plastic mass-production and over-licensing. Vincent Van Gogh’s art of self-portrait becomes a selfie, Steve Jobs lands in a Magritte-spirit witty portrait or a rebellious Dali spraying city walls in Vandal Dali… MODERN ICONS is a new step in the artist observation of the world around us. Watch TvBoy’s narration of our world, it is the true story !
Salvatore Benintende is an italian artist who started painting in the streets of Milan in 1996. He exhibited at the Biennale in Venice, at Pac in Milan and in various shows through Rome, Barcelona, Bern, Copenhagen, Munich, Berlin, Beirut and Washington, both alone or side by side to great masters of contemporary art such as Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
He developed many project commissions for international brands and held courses in renown art & design academies such as IED in Barcelona and Politecnico in Milan.