Marco Rea

I remember last year a friend told me to check the art of one of his friends. In my perpetual lack of time a did quickly gave a look to his Facebook page and I thought: ” Wow, this guy makes really good stuff”, shortly after I published an [enchantment] post about him and I started to follow him on various social networks.
 In recent months this guy published enthusiast updates about celebrities and big colleagues liking his work, or various events and shows where to find his 
art. Well, the usual stuff an artist publish you say … yes, but if the celebrities are Victoria Beckam and the shows are The 5th Annual Supersonic Invitational or a personal expo at Shooting Gallery in San Francisco you understand we’re talking about someone is doing a great job.

His name is Marco Rea, he’s from Rome and he spray paints over billboards and glossy magazine pages, transforming shiny and elegant commercials in eerie and ethereal masterpieces. His favourite subjects are women and he likes to make clear there is no violence on his work (some viewers may think so), he only needs to give room to his pains and fears, and finds that female subjects are the best to convey such emotions due to their greater sensitivity.

He lives in a city full of “classic art”, he uses the tools of “street art”, he makes what a lot of critics define “pop surrealism”. I don’t know how to call what he does but I simply find it amazing and it’s great to see how he developed such a personal and defined style, an expression that holds such a clear statement (painting on adverts is a form of protest too: he erases an imposed message to the masses, and turns it into a form of art) and obscure but delicate beauty.

If the examples that follow are not enough (and I bet they aren’t) please check the artist website and don’t forget to share this article.

 

Marco Rea, spary paint, paint, ethereal, dark, obscure

 

Marco Rea, spary paint, paint, ethereal, dark, obscure

 

Marco Rea, spary paint, paint, ethereal, dark, obscure

 

Marco Rea, spary paint, paint, ethereal, dark, obscure

 

Marco Rea, spary paint, paint, ethereal, dark, obscure

 

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Images © Marco Rea

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