This week HIYA Gallery invites you to discover Umberto Koso Lodigiani known by his blaze Koso, street artist from Naples. It was in 1997 that he began to spray paint, wanting to imitate the American style, of "old-school" inspirations which he returned in his first graffiti, whether on trains or in the street. Over time, he refined his technique and found his artistic identity by choosing to paint characters but also letters on large surfaces. Going from coarser designs to smoother contours, he lets go of material splashes for the cleanest details. His evolution lies much in the influence of his experience of the "LA Gold Rush" in Los Angeles in 2009. The following summer he took part in the "Meeting of Styles" in New York, at "Five Points" the Mecca of international graffiti, where he had the opportunity to confront the best people from America and all over Europe for this occasion and to mark his place as an international graffiti artist.
Today, Koso creates solo and collective works and graffiti on walls and large surfaces by participating in jam-graffiti and events in Europe and abroad. He paints on canvases which he exhibits in various galleries for personal or collective exhibitions and produces serigraphs and prints of his work. His work is inspired by graffiti, metropolitan art, its environment, Pop and "Post-graffiti". With Koso, subjects mutate and adapt to new spaces, from futurism to contemporary art, but also to everything they seek and study. Like many street artists, his goal is to transfer his designs to the canvas, combining the concept of public art with private creations. The lettering does not disappear but hides behind new forms and personal interpretations of classic icons and comics. The “underground” aura of the street where he paints is projected onto the canvas and he tends to achieve it by maintaining a classic vein and personal gestures in a state of continuous experimentation.
With a rather long and recognized experience in the field, 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 the PAN in Naples, the collective "Magma" at the Vanvitelliana casina for Stradedarts, a solo show at the V&V in Vomero entitled "translate" and the solo exhibition at Ischia Street Art Gallery entitled The dreams by Brush and curated by Salvatore Iacono and a group show at Spaklers Gallery called Twentytwenty show in Amsterdam. Thanks to his work, he has during his career collaborated with a large number of prestigious brands: Adidas, Reebok, Converse, Vans, Tim, Osama, Ceres, Lavazza, Eastpak, Camel, Vodafone, Aperol, Thames & Hudson and he promotes and implements 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”.
It is to honor his work and his arrival on the gallery that HIYA highlights Koso this week. On our social networks you will find everything you want about it!