SOLO SHOWS by IQOS
In this edition of Urvanity we feature a special section devoted to individual exhibitions of selected artists. This section put the focus on those young or more renowned artists, who for the quality and complexity of their work, deserve to be presented in a more complete way to the public.
Jan Kaláb (Prague, 1978) is one of the most important artists of international geometric and urban abstractionism. Born in Prague in 1978, he soon became one of the most important local writers, also founding a famous crew, the DSK. With the name of Cakes he travelled through Europe and America, developing his style up to 3-D Graffiti. With the name of Point, he made installations with letters with abstract shapes, placed in the streets or hanged along the walls, looking for ever larger dimensions. These works, though technically far from graffiti, lead him to a superior level of abstraction of forms.
Since 2007 he explores infinite shades of abstract painting on canvas, expressing his own language through a perfect balance between shapes and minimalism, capable of generating amazing effects of depth and dynamism.
Miss Van started wall-painting in 1993, at the age of 20, promoting the feminine movement in Street Art. Originating from Toulouse, France, she has spent most of her artistic life in Barcelona, Spain, and for decades has exhibited her recognizable female figures worldwide. Miss Van’s recent artistic pursuits hallmark a recent return to street art, after several years spent solely painting in the studio, charging her new works with increased depth, emotion and an elevated romantic darkness and delicacy.
Her iconic sultry female characters reappear in sensual yet dark animal masks and evolving environments. In a gauzy romantic compositions, they carry a surreal quality of burlesque, resonating with a beautiful synergy of rawness, softness and emotion.
SAM3 (1980, Spain). Faithful to the clandestine and anti-system nature of the new urban art, Sam3 prefers to speak through his own murals – often monochromatic, focused on the human figure. The works of SAM3 are scattered around the world and are published by the most important publishing houses in the sector.
Reluctant to be defined, Sam3 considers the adjective “urban” superfluous when applied to his work, but his public interventions are extremely sensitive to the suggestions of the environment in which they fit and to the look of the casual street audience, with whom he establishes a close relationship. His poetic and ironic imagination takes shape through an astonishing rapidity of execution, a technical mastery that is preferably expressed on large surfaces and that materializes into anamorphic representations.
Dan Witz (Chicago, 1957) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. The artist boasts extensive formal training that includes studying the Fine Arts as well as Design; influenced by Punk culture, he began his career in 1979 and quickly became one of the major pioneers of Urban Art. Challenging the more traditional canons of the art world, Witz chose to focus on urban art, creating installations on the streets of various international cities and succeeding at expressing his ideas freely and directly.
At the beginning of his career Dan Witz concentrated on hyperrealism, which he explored through painting. His method later evolved towards street installations, which had to be realized in a very short amount of time. The artist is inspired by the social changes of his time when producing art; his interventions in the street are related to political and economic issues.