Skygolpe: Bridging Worlds through the Lens of Art and Technology
Evolving Artistic Landscapes: The Journey of Skygolpe
Skygolpe made his initial foray into the art scene through literature, with aphorisms representing what he considers to be his first artistic production. Simultaneously, he approached the street art scene in 2006, working on the streets of London for 5 years non-stop under another Alias.
During this time, he achieved noteworthy success within the street art environment, captivating audiences with his creations. However, in 2012, he made a significant decision to return to Italy, a choice that left an indelible imprint on his artistic output, reflecting a profound evolution in his work.
This change of environment is in fact reflected in a closure on the artist’s end, who becomes more theoretical and less pragmatic, abandoning the large London installations to devote himself to the most intimate canvas.
Technological Transcendence: A Fusion of Art and Philosophy
A proponent of alternativism, Skygolpe has long been captivated by the profound impact of technology on human life. This fascination ultimately led him to explore cryptocurrencies and NFTs at an early stage, becoming an integral aspect of his artistic vocabulary. As a result, his work encompasses a distinctive discourse that interlaces philosophy, literature, digital figurative art, and painting, creating a rich tapestry of expression.
His body of work emerges at the intersection of the digital landscape, seamlessly blending the virtual with the material to create a unified and indissoluble composition. This synthesis offers profound insights into the ramifications of technology on society, forging new pathways for interpreting, utilizing, and contemplating art through the lens of blockchain technology.
Skygolpe ‘s emblematic, faceless portraits are the culmination of this unique fusion, where tangible layers merge with digital elements. Each subject transforms with every brushstroke, and each artwork becomes more hermetic—the Silhouettes, encapsulating the very essence of the artist’s soul.
Redefining the Discourse on Mixed Reality Aesthetics
To date Skygolpe ’s work has graced the halls of numerous prestigious galleries and institutions worldwide, including, Palazzo Giustinian (Venice, IT), Art Dubai, (Dubai, AE), Christie’s NY, Art Basel Miami, Museo della Permanente (Milan, IT), Valuart (Lugano, CH), Galerie Widmer (Zurich, CH), and Nighttimestory (US).
These works span across the mediums of painting, installations, NFTs, and AI, with Skygolpe’s distinctive technique involving a complex process of scanning, printing, and reproducing his artworks, deliberately seeking an outcome influenced by chance rather than rigid control.
This distinctive interplay between diverse materials and patterns is most notably evident in his acclaimed series titled “Paint on Pixel,” which serves as a testament to the harmonious blend of mixed reality that he creates.
Following a triumphant debut at a Christie’s auction in July 2022, marking his inaugural venture into the realm of physical art, the “Paint on Pixel” collection has been showcased through a series of solo exhibitions held in various locations across the United States and Switzerland.
In detail, this body of work comprises canvases where the physical and digital realms collide, delving into the relationship between meaning and context: acrylic paint on canvas interacts with diverse underlying materials and patterns, giving rise to a dialogue that transcends a monothematic definition of painting in favor of embracing novel, heterogeneous forms.
Most importantly, this series pioneered the concept of acquiring physical paintings through their digital certificates of authenticity—NFTs—via his ‘Paint On Pixel’ series. An avant-garde concept, that opened a significant dialogue on the notion of artistic ownership and how NFT technology could beneficially impact the physical art sector, challenging preconceptions and unlocking infinite possibilities.
In June 2023, on the occasion of the acclaimed Art Basel, Skygolpe introduced the second series of “Paint on Pixel,” harmoniously combining the digital and physical to craft layered pieces that stimulate philosophical discourse.
The provocative nature of Skygolpe’s art lies not only in its thematic content but also in its ability to challenge traditional notions of what constitutes an artwork. By transcending the boundaries between the digital and the tangible, Skygolpe’s installations defy categorization and invite us to question our own understanding of art, existence, and the role of technology in shaping our lives.
This approach also reflects within his Installations, where his work examines the complex relationship between humanity and the state of hyper-evolutionary technology, offering a profound commentary on the ever-changing semiotics of our modern era.
Moreover, Skygolpe has recently ventured into the realm of artificial intelligence, exploring the paradoxes and potentials of AI in technological design — an artistic exploration that examines the algorithmic processes that culminate in the creation of form, momentarily revealing glimpses and improbabilities of these non-existent entities.