Felipe Cardeña

Felipe Cardeña was born in Balaguer (Spain) in 1979. A "Banksy-style" artist, as defined by Corriere della Sera, he spreads his works around the world with "disruptive" actions: his sticky flowers have been "sighted" in Spain, Italy, France, England, United States, Thailand, Vietnam, Romania, Poland, Russia, Cuba.

He has participated, regularly invited or as "clandestine", with real "disturbing actions", to numerous exhibitions and events around the world. Vittorio Sgarbi wrote that Felipe "re-proposes the amateur technique of collage, pursuing a repetitive and obsessive iconography like the daily rosary of a cloistered nun".


Felipe In 2005 he participated in the Miracle exhibition in Milan, at the Palazzo della Ragione in Milan, remaining for six hours motionless, "mimicking" the statue of San Giovanni Battista taken off. In 2007 he participated in the exhibition (censured by the Milan administration) Vade Retro - Art and homosexuality, curated by Vittorio Sgarbi and Eugenio Viola, while, also in Milan, in 2007, at the Sweet Art Street Art exhibition, he symbolically planted the flag of the pirates on the entrance of the museum (a work subsequently stolen by a visitor), becoming the "symbol" of the takeover of the contemporary art Pavilion by the street artists.

Since the end of 2007 he has started the "Power Flower" project, which is based on the idea of ​​"surprise" and "wonder", with large - sometimes even monumental - extremely colorful and overflowing compositions of crazy-looking collages. eccentric and exaggerated effect, especially floral, which touch on the themes of the sacred, the different cultural identities, the contamination between human nature and natural forms: "colorful and multiform puzzles", wrote Chiara Canali, "which join the frenetic overlapping of silhouettes of flowers, accurately cut out by floriculture magazines, which form a unique installation, given by the interlocking association of always the same modules, which alternate with the continuous variety of shapes and colors and for the condensation or rarefaction of the appearance, in a kaleidoscope of fluorescences that refers to the most complete psychedelia ".

In 2008, he participated in the exhibition Scala Mercalli - the creative earthquake of Italian street art, curated by Gianluca Marziani, for which he realized a site-specific intervention on the Dalai Lama: a giant panel of the series "Power Flower", entitled Free Tibet Free Flower.

In 2009 he presented the series "The Black Dahlia" (tribute to the age of the detective story author) first at the Borroni Factory in Bollate, at the Take Off event curated by Chiara Canali, then at the MystFest, the Festival del giallo and of the Mystery of Cattolica. The series, accompanied by stories by Lorenzo Viganò, journalist of the Corriere della Sera and expert on true crime, was presented at MystFest by the writer Andrea G. Pinketts.

Lorenzo Viganò wrote that the paintings of Felipe Cardeña, "playing with the modern cut-and-paste technique - the most radical and courageous sister of the now practiced 'copy and paste' - have become a state of consciousness (or hallucination) ?), a visual trip, the artistic representation of lysergic trips so highly recommended in the sixties by Timoty Leary 'to elevate their own spirituality' and so well sung by the Jefferson Airplane in White Rabbit, a true anthem of psychedelic culture ".

In July 2009 he was invited to take part in Arte Mas 2009, Festival Internacional de arte y Literatura joven, in Havana (Cuba), organized by the Asociación Cultural CubEArt and curated by Ana Pedroso. For the occasion he presented a series of giant panels, which were acquired by the Municipalidad de Havana, and which represent the face of Che Guevara immersed in a florecent sea. The title of this series, inspired by a famous Cuban song, is "Cuba es un jardin de rosas".
In November 2009 he participated in the Beauty Farm exhibition at the Durini Foundation in Milan, and at Another break in the wall at the Wannabee Gallery, also in Milan; in December he was invited to the Heart exhibition at the Onishi Gallery in New York and at the Asia Kay Art Projects gallery in Chicago, and at the collective Abraham Lincoln, between history and myth, at the Milan Triennale.
In 2010 he participated in the exhibition Flowers, curated by Fabio Migliorati (Maretti Editore catalog), with Fulvio Di Piazza, Corrado Bonomi and Dany Vescovi, in three stages: Milan (Superstudio Più), Forlì (Musei di San Domenico) and Cortona ( Palazzo Casali).
Also in 2010, he was one of the artists invited to the Italian Ritratti exhibition, curated by Vittorio Sgarbi, at the Cento Modern Art Gallery (Ferrara) and the Durini Foundation in Milan (Christian Maretti Editore catalog).
Also in 2014 he took part in the Hungry for art social project - Food Right Now against the hunger in the world promoted by the CESVI organization, curated by Christian Gancitano, at Superstudio Più, Milan (Italy). Also in 2014 he participated in the collective shows POP UP - Revolution !, curated by Achille Bonito Oliva for Electronic Art Cafè, at the Caserma XXIV Maggio in Milan and at the MDM Museum in Porto Cervo, and Superheroes 2.0, curated by Silvia Fabbri, Villa Bertelli, Forte dei Marmi. In November 2014 - February 2015 he was invited to the Pop Up Italian Show at the Hubei Museum of Art, in Wuhan (China). Also in 2014 he took part in the exhibition Super Pop Women - The female icon in the new pop art, curated by Silvia Fabbri, by Giuseppe Veniero project, Palermo.

Works of Felipe Cardeña


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