Swedish painter Alessandro Battisti, better known as “ETNIK” began his journey as an artist over twenty years ago, beginning with painting his large-scale murals in suburban areas and anywhere else he could find. This was how he came to discover cities, and the concept of “city” has long been at the core of his art. First featured on our blog here, ETNIK’s work today is a colorful and geometric variety of murals, paintings, and sculpture inspired by the city environment and underground culture of his current home in Florence. He describes his abstract cityscapes as a “wild style”, and creating art is his way of understanding the world. For his latest series, now on view at Galleria Portanova 12 in Italy, ETNIK illustrates his personal point of view of the contradictions between urbanism and nature, where he believes that overbuilding has brought the downfall of our natural way of life. Titled “ERRORISM”, his exhibition features 10 new works in acrylic, marker on wood and steel and a new sculpture. In ETNIK’s own words, “ERRORISM is a word game that explains the critic that I feel about the exasperate way the human society is taking (industries, pollution, technologies, overbuilding, stress, living fast) and makes me think if this is a way to be simple and gratified… “ERRORISM” is connected to my last show in France “FUNdaMENTAL”, as the opposite view about the urban landscape from a fantastic and surrealistic show to a realistic and brutal reality.”
“ERRORISM” by ETNIK is on view at Galleria Portanova 12 in Bologna, Italy through January 9th, 2016.