SERVADIO – Looking outside. Outgrowing the inside

Oil and graphite on canvas
80 x 100 cm, 2020

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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.

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Signed by the artist.

“On this series of paintings i have focused on my love and muse Sorcha Finch Murray.

Lately it’s been chaotic in the studio. But again a source of inspiration. A mattress on the floor. A morning coffe in between boxes. Squeezing a relaxed pensive time by the window. Just like taking a bath in the sink, these are all real intimate moments of our domesticity.

I believe paintings are strongly related to the environment they are created. And then off they go into different spaces.

Whether white cubes or opulent interiors, they react with the space around them. 

I take picture of my paintings in the studio to keep the memory of the labour thats made them. Their first imprint . Like a baby inside her mother. Because off they go . They will change. They might tell a different story. 

Just like tattoos . I work on someone that i will probably never see again. Cant experience how the work will speak and evolve. 

This is why i have the necessity or portraying all together . The people and the paintings and the studio. In a dialogue with each other.” Servadio

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