Max Bi – Brothers
Brothers – 2019
twisted steel and enamel
Max Bi was born in 1973 in Brescia, where he lives and works. Graduated in law, he works alongside the activity of esteemed criminal lawyer with his passion for art. This kind of eclecticism led him from the 90s to a personal exercise in interpreting reality through artistic practice. Fine connoisseur of the history of art and the masters of the contemporary, he carries out a constant and highly personal quotation that stimulates him to experiment continuously, from the projection of the image on emulsified canvas, to tribal graffiti composed with thickenings of sand, quartzite and aluminum dust, to graphic elements calligraphy, stencil, spray, collage. Fast in reworking every image that can somehow embody one’s own experience, Max Bi equally treats it as an icon: from urban landscapes to pop heroes; from the world of cartoons, to the strong and gestural sign or the superimposition of graphemes and images.
In this informal and pop eclecticism for the dough and the overlapping of languages, he still manages to maintain a stylistic figure that is difficult to verbalize, but that the eye immediately recognizes. In 2004 during his acquaintance in Tuscany Max Bi was surrounded by intellectuals such as Mario Luzi and artists such as Enrico Paolucci and he fell in love with the sculpture of the Pientino master Piero Sbarluzzi, from whom he learned the technique of working with terracotta.
Winner in 2006 of the ‘Homo Urbanus’ Prize, Faculty of Architecture of Palermo, he was a finalist in the same year of the ‘Celeste’ Prize, San Gimignano and of the ‘Silent Art Movies’ competition of Aosta, for the realization of a poster for the silent film festival. Among the latest solo shows are ‘Umanità e post-Umanità’, Torre Civica di Piazza Castello, Solferino-Mantova (2006); ‘I love my tags’, Galleria 44, Genova (2007); ‘Mille Miglia d’Arte’, Museo di Santa Giulia, Brescia (2009); ‘Urban Waves’, Sala della Pilotta, Parma (2011); ‘Max Bi la dolce vita’, Galerie Les Caracoles, Paris (2012); ‘Crittografie’, Colossi Arte Contemporanea, Brescia (2018). Among the collective exhibitions we mention: ‘Marilyn Monroe e l’arte della bellezza’, Museo Villa Ponti, Arona (2010); the exhibition for the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy, Grattacielo Pirelli, Milano (2011); ‘Animals’, Davico Gallery, Torino (2015); ‘Italian News’, Chair and the Maiden Gallery, SoHo-New York (2015); ‘Alfabeto’, Gattafame Gallery, Bernareggio-Milano (2017); ‘Quante storie sulla luna’, Colossi Arte Contemporanea, Brescia (2019). From 2013 to 2019 Max Bi participates in all editions of Velarte, Campione del Garda, curated by Francesca Baboni and Stefano Taddei.