Born in 1982 in Naples, Umberto Koso Lodigiani began to spray paint in 1997. In his early days he was inspired by the scene of “old-school” American graffiti and began to express himself illegally, as this either on trains or in the street.
Over time the artist Koso has refined his technique by focusing on the production of characters and letters on large surfaces provided (legally) for this purpose.
His style, which went from coarse drops to more elaborate details, saw a marked improvement after his experience of the "LA Gold Rush" in Los Angeles in 2009. The summer that followed he took part in the "Meeting of Styles" in New York, at the “Five Points” the Mecca of international graffiti, where he had the opportunity to face the best comers from America and all of Europe for this occasion.
Nowadays Koso creates individual and collective artwork and graffiti on walls and large surfaces by participating in graffiti-jam and events in Europe and abroad. He paints on canvas, which he exhibits in various galleries in personal or collective exhibitions and produces serigraphs and prints of his works.
His work is inspired by graffiti, metropolitan art, its environment, Pop and “Post-graffiti”. The subjects mutate and adapt to new spaces, from futurism to contemporary art, but also to everything they seek and study.
The subjects mutate and adapt themselves to new spaces, from futurism and contemporary art but also from everything they research and study.
Koso aims to transfer its designs from the wall to the canvas, combining the concept of public art with private creations. Lettering do not disappear but is hidden behind new forms and personal reinterpretations of classic and comics icons.
The “underground” aura of the street where he paints is projected onto the canvas, maintaining a classic vein and personal gestures in a state of continuous experimentation.
The artist Koso has been the guest of numerous exhibitions including: the 55th Venice Biennale as part of the “Black 2 Black to Biennale” project, the second edition of “Art and Fashion take shape” at the Bourbon Gallery in Naples, a collective exhibition at PAN in Naples, the collective "Magma" at Vanvitelliana casina for Stradedarts, a solo show at V&V in Vomero entitled "translate" and the solo exhibition at Ischia Street Art Gallery titled Brush's dreams and curated by Salvatore Iacono and a group show at Spaklers Gallery called Twentytwenty show in Amsterdam.
During his artistic career, Koso has collaborated with prestigious brands such as: Adidas, Reebok, Converse, Vans, Tim, Osama, Ceres, Lavazza, Eastpak, Camel, Vodafone, Aperol, Thames & Hudson and he promotes and highlights implementation of projects related to the culture of spray art. Koso is a founding member of the Bereshit Association, the first ACU (Association for Urban Creativity) in Campania, with which he has been organizing international graffiti events since 1999, the latest of which is “BACK TO THE STYLE”.
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