Truly | Urban Artists artwork arises from the encounter between its four founders, who meet in the late 90’s amid train yards, abandoned factories and suburbs, experimenting at first with graffiti.
A passion and a commitment which culminate in a common street art project started in 2003.
Truly Urban Artists combined attitudes shape an artistic project which leads them to stand out amid the international urban art panorama.
The use of perspective and anamorphic painting, which generates visionary 3d images, outstanding optical illusions which merge with the surrounding architecture.
Mauro149, Rems182, Mach505 and Ninja1, graffiti and graphic design enthusiasts, meet in the late 90’s.
The four artists start creating artwork together in abandoned places and suburbs, where by laying hands on their first spraypaint cans they experiment with lettering and graffiti art.
Drawn together by a common passion for street art, which encourages a strong friendship, they decide to form a crew in 2003, dubbing it Truly Design.
United by the shared need to produce art, the artists put their efforts in a constant and relentless research for new forms of expression and visual language; they progress technically, earning distinction within their artistic environment, thanks both to their mural art and to their artwork on traditional media.
Appreciated and respected both on a national and on an international level by fellow graffiti writers, gallerists, and curators, the four begin to showcase their work in solo and collective shows.
Invited by foundations, museums, and private groups in Italy, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, France, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, and New York.
Their works are hence published by art magazines edited by Taschen, Victionary, Gestalten, Mondadori, and the most important international street art blogs.
The four artists have very different characters and traits, which confer on Truly Design a complex personality.
Two well distinguished registers carry Rems182’s artistic expression: on one side, loud spraypainted colors express the artist’s most instinctive and pop-oriented side, which explosively takes shape through animals painted in urban settings, testimony of his passion for graffiti;
on the other side we have his canvasses, painted with oil and spraypaint, through which the artist, with
profound humanity, looks into frailty – as in his politicians paintings of politicians, seen as flags of collapsing
systems – feelings – represented by the shimmering expressions of his muses and subjects – and human
transience – recounted by emblematic Vanitas skulls – a recurring theme to which the author is quite attached.
Visionary illustrator Mauro149 is not content with exploring reality: he transcends, introducing his spectators
to his own imagination, where passions and fears come together along multicolored paths immersed in nature
and metaphysical environments; a dimension constantly on the verge between dream and wake.
Ninja1 is without any doubt the calligrapher of the group. His artwork is a mixture of calligrams and lettering, and is always inspired by quotes coming from classic Greek and Latin culture.
Ninja1’s work is aimed at enclosing, within an icon, a precise message which is not solely subject to interpretation, but readable within the lettering through which it takes shape.
Since their first experiments, the group’s intent has always been experimenting interaction between this technique and industrial architecture.
The scenic impact of anamorphic art is amplified by the surrounding architecture’s complexity, which becomes an integrating and essential part of the artwork.
A mixture between figure and matter, from which visionary 3D images take shape, always able to astonish and create a unique, immersive experience.
The artistic formation of the four Trulys and the curiosity which distinguishes them turn these artists into visual communicators constantly on the lookout for new concepts and striving to refine their technical know-how.
“Art is something astounding, which allows you to cross all limits and break all boundaries.” Rems182