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Willow

1978
Milan, Italy

14 Works exhibited on Kooness

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Works by Willow

Untitled

2014

50 x 50cm

1800,00 €

Tr! Um! Du!

2018

30 x 30cm

1080,00 €

In discoteca

2018

40 x 40cm

1440,00 €

Application

2018

50 x 50cm

1800,00 €

Affettuosità

2018

30 x 30cm

1080,00 €

Fettine (Slices)

2016

50 x 50cm

1800,00 €

In bianco (Blank)

2016

50 x 50cm

1800,00 €

Bam!

2015

50 x 50cm

1800,00 €

B&N

2014

20 x 20cm

720,00 €

Pit!

2019

20 x 20cm

720,00 €

Willow (Filippo Bruno, Milan, 1978) graduated from the School of Comics in 2000. Since then he has constantly collaborated with advertising agencies, publishing houses and large companies, and over time more and more with art galleries, which now represent him in good numbers both in Italy and abroad (Düsseldorf, Berlin, Frankfurt, London, Miami, Montreal, St. Petersburg). His distinguishing characteristics are an elegance of sign, a remarkable sense of color, but perhaps above all a compositional finesse of a true painter, which provides a singular counterpoint to his subjects, which are eminently cartoonish. His characters, strange video-game creatures in constant motion, are known to the general public for appearing on Comix diaries, in the Borsalino and Pitti Immagine Uomo collections, on Luca Boffi sofas, and on the occasion of many other collaborations with large companies (e.g., Lozza, Timberland, Carpisa, Motta. Of 2014 is the artist's first exhibition with Gallery 70, "Expop!", to which TuttoMilano of La Repubblica dedicates the cover, May 8, resulting in a general scopiazzatura of the title by multiple entities, from the Expo 2015 period onward. Of note in 2015 is the participation in Miami Art Expo and the exhibition Corporate Art. The company as an art object at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome and, in 2016, the reinterpretation of the logo with the giant panda for printing on ecological bags on the occasion of WWF Italy's 50th anniversary. From the same year is the decoration, with Gaetano Pesce and Marco Lodola, of part of the pediatric surgery pavilion at the San Matteo Hospital in Pavia. Worth mentioning in recent years are the solo exhibition at Fabbrica del Vapore (2018), the participations in Parma Art Fair and Arte Genova (2020), and the retrospective exhibition at the Mu.Ve. Museum of Contemporary Art in Modigliana (2022).
 

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Willow's figurative repertoire, hinging on a population of curious and colorful two-dimensional cartoon characters, constitutes one of those cases in which art demonstrates its natural propensity to mirror the reality within which it is produced. Impossible, in front of the plethora of characters that enliven this artist's canvases, to exempt oneself from recognizing the manners and vices of the contemporary urban context, complacent with its hyperactive character, its ostentatious vivacity, and a certain puerile carefreeness assumed as the fundamental rule of life. Flat figures, devoid of relationships with one another and conspicuously preoccupied with getting noticed within the scene, Willow's subjects unexpectedly outline a serious context concerning the way we are in the world and how we behave toward our fellow human beings. Remarkably, this is accomplished not through the usual didactic form of message, so frequently adopted in contemporary art, but with the lightness of a joke, and with impeccable color and composition.

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