EL GATO CHIMNEY
EL GATO CHIMNEY was born in 1981 in Milan, where he currently lives and works.
He started his career as a self taught artist, developing an early interest in graffiti, which made him pursue a successful journey into street art, that he still cites as one of his ispirations, along with steampunk culture and surrealism.
As the years went by, his art went through some changes, due to the fact that he acquired both new knowl-edge and technical skills, and that brought him to an introspective research to depict immaterial things, such as emotions and inner visions.
His researches range over a wide variety of subjects, such as alchemy, ancient and modern art, magic, mir-abilia, occultism, popular folklore, spiritualism and tribal art.
The artist says that these studies make him feel particularly fond of the artistic movements of the 800s/900s, but his poetics and his vision belong to the 21st century.
If you allow him to take you on a not easily forgettable ride into his work, you will discover a Bosch-like world where fields made of melty pink icing goodness leave place to abandoned carnivals dripping with desolation and rust – a world seemingly unhabitated by humans, even though flying teapots and tiny metal beings call it their home.
Beware, though, as in his art nothing is as it seems and nothing is left to the case: the artist’s goal is to make the beholder think and wonder instead of being a passive observer in front of the umpteenth meaningless painting.
In the end, numbers and symbols might or might not offer you a solution to the enigma, but they surely will make you want to take in every little detail of the dreamy landscapes, bursting with vivid colours and amazingly lively creatures, only waiting to tell you their own version of the story.
Solo shows: 2021. Bands And Feathers, Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, USA. 2019. Gardens Of Illusion, William Baczek Fine Arts, Northampton, USA. 2018: Observing Nature, Contemporary Istanbul, Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, Istanbul, Turkey. True North, Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy. 2017. Eterno Ritorno, Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy. 2016. The Forest Fire, Galería Combustión Espontánea, Madrid, Spain. 2015. Preternatural History, Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy. De Rerum Natura, Stephen Romano Gallery, New York, USA. 2014. Metapsychic Paths, Galería Combustión Espontánea, Madrid, Spain. 2013. Crossroads, Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy. 2011. Double Fantasy, Studio D’Arte Fioretti, Bergamo, Italy. 2010. Steam Box, Two Windows Project, Berlin, Germany. Steam Funfair, Avantgarden Gallery, Milan, Italy.
Group shows: 2021, Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy. 25th Anniversary Exhibition, William Backzek Fine Arts, Northampton, USA. Wallflowers, Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, USA. 2020, As Kingfishers Catch Fire, Limerick City Gallery Of Art, Limerick, Ireland. Visioni Laterali – L’arte irregolare tra ieri e oggi, Museo MU.VI, Viadana, Italy. The Dog Show, Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, USA. Dream Weavers – Neo Fabulists II, Feinkunst Krüger, Hamburg, Germany. All The Things, Roq La Rue Gallery, Seattle, USA. 2019, Don’t Wake Daddy XIV, Feinkunst Krüger, Hamburg, Germany. Mythic Menagerie, Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, USA. Encounters: Honoring The Animal In Ourselves, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA, USA. Mother And Child, Dorothy Circus Gallery, Rome, Italy. Spheres Of Confluence, Talon Gallery, Portland, USA. 2018, Don’t Wake Daddy XIII, Feinkunst Krüger, Hamburg, Germany. Early Modern Matters, James Freeman Gallery, London, UK. Animal Kingdom, William Baczek Fine Arts, Northampton, USA. Material Earth: Myth, Material And Metamorphosis, Messums Wiltshire, Tisbury, UK. 2017, Don’t Wake Daddy XII, Feinkunst Krüger, Hamburg, Germany; Animal Kingdom, William Baczek Fine Arts, Northampton; HEY!, Galerie Arts Factory, Paris, France; The Wild Wood, James Freeman Gallery, London, UK; 2016, Don’t Wake Daddy XI, Feinkunst Krüger, Hamburg, Germany; Language Of The Birds: Occult And Art, 80WSE Gallery, New York University, New York, NY; Nothing Is Real, MAO Museo D’Arte Orientale, Turin, Italy. 2015, Mappa Dell’Arte Nuova, Fondazione Cini, Venice, Italy; Not Man The Less, But Nature More, Summerhall, Edimburgh, Scotland; Opus Hypnagogia: Sacred Space Of The Visionary And Vernacular, Morbid Anatomy Museum, New York, NY; Praestigium Italia – Imago Mundi, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy; 2014, Mal D’Africa, Ego Gallery, Lugano, Switzerland; Mysterium Cosmographicum, Stephen Romano Gallery, New York, NY; 2013, Immagini D’Io, Triennale Di Milano, Milan, Italy; Aliens, Palazzo Vernazza, Lecce, Italy; Surreality Show, Officina Delle Zattere, Venice, Italy; 2012, Past Forward, Museo Civico, Bassano Del Grappa, Italy; Pop Surrealism – Stay Foolish!, Museo Casa Del Conte Verde, Rivoli, Italy; 2011, Into The Future, Musei Capitolini – Centrale Montemartini, Roma, Italia; Vulpus Pilum Mutare, Museo Civico, Bassano Del Grappa, Italia; Brand New Art, Mambo – Villa Delle Rose, Bologna, Italia; Brand New Art, Museo Del Palazzo Della Penna, Perugia, Italy; 2010, Brand New Art, Museo Della Permanente, Milan, Italy; La Forma Delle Reti, Museo Nazionale Della Scienza E Della Tecnica Leonardo Da Vinci, Milan, Italy; Hunt & Gather, Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles, USA. 2009, Breaking Walls, Museo Fondazione Luciana Matalon, Milano, Italia; Il Canto Della Terra, Città di Castellamonte, Italia; Modart Magazine Group Show, Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles, USA; Urban Superstar, Museo D’Arte Contemporanea MADRE, Naples, Italy; 2008, Scala Mercalli, Auditorium Della Musica, Rome, Italy; Amaze/2008, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium; 2007, Incontemporanea 01, Triennale Di Milano, Milan, Italy; 2006, Bovisa In Linea, Triennale Di Milano Bovisa, Milan, Italy; 2005, Urban Edge Show, Spazio P4, Milan, Italy; Street Virus, Ready Made Studio, Milan, Italy.