All About Italy (USA) - - Editorial - Marco Bertollini

Nello Petrucci, one of the most pop­u­lar artists on the world stage of con­tem­po­rary art, is the only Ital­ian artist to ex­hibit in New York in an ex­hi­bi­tion called ‘A master­piece in the sky’ that opened in Oc­to­ber at the World Trade Cen­ter. The com­plex owned by the Sil­ver­stein Foun­da­tion is a ref­er­ence point for con­tem­po­rary street art and cur­rently hosts works by about 50 artists from all over the world – in­clud­ing Ron English, Bran­don Sines, Whlsbe, Ru­bin 415, Lau­ren YS, Chris WRK, and Lay­er­cake – with the de­clared in­ten­tion of be­com­ing ‘a master­piece in the sky’. Petrucci has been work­ing in New York since the be­gin­ning of Septem­ber to cre­ate an orig­i­nal work ti­tled ‘The essence of light­ness’, a mu­ral that cov­ers a 12 me­ter long and 3.5 me­ter tall wall of the 45th floor of 3 World Trade Cen­ter. Shreds of torn ad­ver­tis­ing im­ages plas­ter­ing New York walls find new life in a work that com­bines past and present in a dy­namic way, be­stow­ing the gift of speech on the pre­vi­ously silent sur­face. Petrucci, 37 years old from Pom­peii, is an artist and film­maker who lives and works in Pom­peii and New York. After earn­ing a de­gree in cin­e­matog­ra­phy in Rome and work­ing with di­rec­tors such as Martin Scors­ese, Ari Taub, Manetti Bros, and Alan Tay­lor, he be­gan to work on var­i­ous in­de­pen­dent projects – short movies, video art, in­de­pen­dent movies – for which he re­ceived numer­ous awards. His artis­tic jour­ney be­gan when he moved for a short time to Dublin, where he met numer­ous artists, and con­tin­ues be­tween Rome and Naples, where he at­tended the Acad­emy of Fine Arts. He fi­nally found the best way to ex­press his artis­tic sen­si­bil­ity through col­lage and decol­lage over­lay­ing im­ages in or­der to cre­ate a world, a ki­netic lan­guage, made of in­ter­sec­tions and in­ter­ac­tions.

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