Fabio Viale Classical Sculptures With Tattoos

Born in Cuneo, Italy in 1975, Viale lives and works in Torino, Italy, where he studied sculpture. Viale’s recent solo museum exhibitions include Marble at Loft Project Etagi, Saint Petersburg (2011); Fabio Viale: Marble at the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow (2011); and Primo piano d’artista: Fabio Viale at the Museo del Novecento, Milan (2012). Viale’s work has been included in recent group exhibitions at the Millenium Art Museum, Beijing (2006); XIII Biennale Internazionale Di Scultura di Carrara, Italy (2008); Gian Enzo Sperone Gallery in Sent, Switzerland (2010); and The Flag Art Foundation, New York (2011). This year his work, Thank you and Goodbye earned first prize by the jury of the 2012 Henraux Foundation Award in Querceta, Italy. source: speronewestwater.com

The “tattooist” behind them is actually Fabio Viale, an Italian artist who aims to show us a new way of looking at the old and familiar. Using the bodies of famous sculptures such as the Venus de Milo as his canvas, the artist decorates them with realistic tattoos inspired by the patterns born by Russian gangs and the Japanese Yakuza. The end result delivers a sharp contrast between the traditional purity associated with white marble statues, and the dark and gritty connotations of the contemporary body art they bear. source: Bored Panda

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