SERVADIO – Before Dinner
Oil on canvas
122 x 152 cm, 2022
Michele Servadio was born in Italy in 1986. He grew up in a small village in the Veneto countryside. Drawn to painting and drawing from an early age, Servadio attended the Art School in Padua and the University of Visual Arts in Venice. In 2007 he approached the world of tattoos, fascinated by its tradition and cultural phenomenon. He moved to London in 2010.
In his atelier in Hackney Wick, Servadio creates new projects which interconnect the different practices of tattooing, painting, printmaking, photography, and performance art. Merging these diciplines, feeding them back into one another, he creates a unique universe where he is able to explore and describe the human condition and his environment.
The aesthetics of his work is dark and melancholic; it embodies Folklore, expressionism, and the bleakness of a post-industrial scenario.
In 2014 he started to experiment with sound and tattooing. This gave birth to 'Body of Reverbs', a contemporary Ritual combining sound, pain, accupuncture and permanent marks on the body. Body of Reverbs has been presented in the form of live performances and instilations across the UK, Europe, Asia and America.
His artworks have been exhibited in England, Italy, and Germany.
Signed by the artist.
“My paintings tend to represent my closest surroundings. And the outcome is strictly determined by the current emotional stage I am in. I think it is a character common to many painters. that’s why I like to call myself an expressionist.
In recent years my art fed on strong emotions and not the brightest ones.
To be honest it has been a great source of inspiration and art has been the best tool to break down those emotions and grow as a human and a creative being.
I have then found myself doubting if those emotions were the only fuel for my art. Luckily I have realized that when at ease I am in fact free to take any direction. I have started again from my closest surroundings. Now they glow brightly.” Servadio
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