Hyperrealism at the edge of poetry
Known as MACS, this Italian artist was born in 1978 in Lanciano (Abruzzo), Italy. After a few trips abroad, he discovered around the 90s the world of graffiti, a real escape from introversion. His great inspiration as a graffiti artist, graphic designer and illustrator brings him progressively to the creation of characters – inspired by the work of his uncle painter – who accompany him and decorate many walls of Italy. These new beings can thus be for the artist the mediators of his thoughts, by infusing us messages within his works, humorous (“Everyone has his monkey”) or even aspirants (“Take the next train”). He even becomes one of the most famous graffiti artist in Italy in terms of human representations.
Thanks to the different personalities and emotions that abound in these characters, many themes and this wide range of colors, MACS presents himself to us as an ambitious poet and philosopher. The looks are happy, dreamy or mischievous, whose artist reinforces the details to transmit a multitude of emotions.
Thus, the heaviness of the grotesque that is revealed at first sight is immediately offset by much more delicate lines. The sad aspects of the reality highlighted are softened by this comic side and these looks full of affection.
From this work comes an invitation to discover the world, evoked by the allegories of mobility and the execution of an important perspective. Born of a labor father in the FIAT company and grandson of a naval mechanic grandfather, he discovered a special attachment for Italian engines and design. His works go beyond their first plastic function. They encourage us to dive into these fantastic scenes to open our imagination and indulge in the pleasures of discovery.
The artistic execution of MACS also carries great value, and makes it a graffiti artist of high consideration. The wide areas of brushed colors for some backgrounds are immediately offset by the fineness of the lines: expressive wrinkles of the face, folds of clothing or lines of perspective. The work done on shadows through the use of different materials (acrylic and bomb) makes him an artist with a sense of detail. Active both outdoors and in the workshop, MACS is a meticulous and very complete artist.
It is by inviting us to a reflection through his art, by his indisputable play between realism and fantasy, that he acquires this undeniable complicity with his audience. Speaking to all generations and all cultures, all ideals and all registers, he is naturally led to participate in major international events, artistic collaborations (musical with Bocelli, Zucchero and Carreras) and members.
Evidence is no longer expected from this artist to international recognition.