El Gato Chimney Explores Occult Themes with New Paintings

by Nastia VoynovskayaPosted on

Italian artist El Gato Chimney’s paintings riff on occult motifs, juxtaposing magical and folkloric symbols with surreal elements. Populated by anthropomorphic animals, Chimney’s world is imbued with a sense of playfulness as he invites viewers to suspend disbelief and indulge their imaginations. Originally self-taught, the artist got his start in the graffiti and street art scenes of Milan. While his new work appears to be influenced by Bosch rather than Banksy, his off-kilter juxtapositions evoke the tongue-in-cheek humor often found on the streets. El Gato Chimney currently has a solo show, “Metapsychic Paths,” at Combustion Espontanea Art Gallery in Madrid on view through November 1.

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