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IABO

1980 Naples, Italy

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  • About the Artist
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At first impact, Iabo (Naples, 1980) is inspired by pop art of the ‘80s. He investigates the line and studies its shape. And he makes it a real obsession, following a constant search for mechanical perfection, but in an artisan way. In Iabo the man/machine boundary is very thin. His achievements are technically perfect. A nuisance that led him to experiment and configure a very personal language. Partly derived from Street Art experiences, partly from a deep-rooted sense of the measure that emerges from all his works. His pictorial cycle can be traced back to some strands, recurring leitmotifs.

Whether it's anthropomorphic profiles or mailboxes, prestigious brands or popular subjects, it doesn't matter. Everything is filtered under the lens of Iabo who connotes and identifies them in a very specific brand: his own.

A past as a writer, a chameleon personality, a strong ethical sense. There are many selection processes implemented on the common imagination, increasingly reduced to the core. And covered with elegance. It would be appropriate to say 'less is more'. And that's right. Recognition is not lost in the minimal approach, but is enhanced in a few essential features that never confuse the observer. The ironic play of the combinations, the slightly shaded chromatic range, the uniform colour, the progression of nuances, the decisive line.

No artifice, if anything an exciting game bordering on the most radical cynicism. Unusual combinations between imaginaries and signifiers apparently disjointed but always functional to convey a positive discourse. Politically correct. Never in favour of aesthetics. Iabo's works are very topical, useful to identify a historical moment rather than a common feeling. His characters communicate, seek solutions, bridge distances, weave relationships and trigger reactions. A work of de-construction and continuous re-construction. Outside and inside the canvas. It starts from a theme and results in infinite declinations. Whether it is the parking line or a multiple consumer good, the life cycle of the work always remains irremediably uncorrupted and deflated.

Consumerism comes to life in a hypothetical universe, recognizable and not real. In a repeatable, morally ethical and customizable format. Absolutely versatile, aesthetically perfect. Simple, clean, usable. His pictorial production is turning more and more towards the use of plexiglass as a material of excellence to emphasize even better the discourse on the cleanliness of the compositional lines. Iabo certainly knows the value of viral marketing. His works come to cover surfaces of over five meters, breaking down the boundary between real and imaginary, between human and superhero. If everything is possible in art, in the universe of Iabo reality surpasses fantasy.

Recent solo shows:

2019: Core Identity / Art 3035 Gallery / Amsterdam / NL

2019: I want to be an artist / Rosso27 Arte contemporanea / Rome / Italy

2018: War Brands / Superstudio più / AAF / Milan / Italy

2013: Parking art / Brin 69 / Naples / Italy

2011: S/orridi / Spazio San Giorgio / Bologna / Italy 

2011: Cartoni animali / Nicola Pedana Arte contemporanea / Caserta / Italy

2011: Luminaria / Palazzo San Giacomo / Naples / Italy
 

 

Recent group shows:

​2019: Urban Room - Street Artist italiani in mostra / Treccani Campania -Inward  / Naples / Italy

2019: Everything starts somewhere / Art 3035 Gallery / Amsterdam / NL

2019: Neapolitan Republic / Neapolitan Trips / Naples / Italy

2019: ST.AR.T - Street art, Comunità e Territorio / Fondazione FOQUS / QS / Naples / Italy

2016: Arte al Castello - da Andy Warhol alla nuova pop art / Castello di Jerago / Italy

2016: 7PLYPROJECT / Contemporary Art Center Thessaloniki CACT Museum / Greece

2016: The silk road / Castel dell'Ovo / Naples / Italy

2016: Saatchi Gallery - Start / Saatchi Gallery / London / UK 

2016: 5 Pointz Italy - Festival delle culture metropolitane  / Polignano a mare / Bari / Italy 

2016: Jäger House - Jägermeister / Città della Scienza / Naples / Italy 

2016: Galleria Pisacane / Milan / Italy 

2016: Contempop gallery / New York / USA

2015: Maam Museo dell'altro e dell'altrove / Roma / Italy

2010: Premio Celeste (finalista) VII edizione / Fondazione Bordbeck / Catania Italy
2008: Premio Terna (Finalista 1° edizione) / Rome Italy

2008: 1° Premio “Mfl” / Artour-o / Firenze / Italy

2004: Diesel Wall (finalista) premio di arte temporanea / Milan / Italy

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