Pixelpancho was born in 1984 in Turin, where his grandfather, an amateur painter, introduced him to colour and form.
Pixelpancho’s passion for art and design led him to enrol in the Albertina Academy of Fine Arts in Turin, and then in the Academy of Fine Arts in Valencia, Spain, where he majored. During this period he became familiar with graffiti and street art and started using spray paint cans and markers on outdoor surfaces, quickly standing out from the classic paper and canvas media used by most other students. In his travels from his hometown of Turin to Valencia, Pixelpancho took every opportunity to make himself known on the streets. With the use of different mediums such as tile, wall painting and sticker/poster art, his work soon reached and decorated the walls of many European cities.
The time spent in Paris, Amsterdam, Warsaw, Vienna and other cities for graffiti jams and gallery exhibitions also allowed Pixelpancho’s style to evolve from the depiction of simple robot characters to the more complex compositions that characterize his art today.
The narrative in Pixelpancho‘s work is driven by a forgotten world sitting under a blanket of dust. In his universe, broken and dented robots are found decaying on the ground, their iron and rusted copper bodies falling and laying about as if discarded into oblivion. Although the scale of his work varies, his surreal realm is the constant thread that pierces through contemporary and historical references. The strength of the physical dimension and of the gestures that humanize his robots are particularly noticeable on the walls of abandoned buildings in cities throughout Europe, the U.S. and Mexico, and are all part of an interconnected structure of stories, as in all of his murals, paintings, and sculptures.
19 Feb 16 | 3 Apr 16
Pixelpancho – Androidèi
Who are the “Androidèi“?
Pixelpancho explains the concept through his solo show at Galleria Varsi where robots and gods become one entity in which supernatural and sacred elements mingle and become iron and oxide.
The artist from Turin expresses himself through visionary metaphors, which for his exhibition become the myths of which Rome is the cradle. His research is based on a fantastic representation of reality that he transcends for his narration.
The works of Pixelpancho are centered on men who always are the protagonists even though never appear in the flesh; their skin has become sensitive iron, their soul is parts of gear. The robot is a man. His iron skin is bound to decay and the man robot knows and fears it.
The need to explain the phenomena of nature and the cycle of life has always been inherent to human beings. For thousands of years men have always turned to divine creatures to obtain answers and certainties. Over the centuries these entities have changed following the evolution of the cultures that have produced them.
As men did with the gods, human beings now project on robots their desire for perfection and immortality, and create them to overcome their limits and go beyond them.
Robots are the new gods.
The “Androidèi” are our fears, our hopes.