Colourful 8-bit graphics transformed into 3D sculptures and paintings
Considered by some to be a rising star on the international street art scene, Argentinian-Spanish artist Felipe Pantone has been expressing himself through the use of colour since he was 12 years old. A self-described “child of the Internet era” and self-taught graffiti artist, Felipe explores colour, light, and form with works that look like 8-bit graphics and pixelated computer glitches.
His recent exhibition in Shanghai, called Distance, Speed, Time, Formula, presents an incredible technicolor series of graffiti, paintings, and 3D sculptures. It highlights the artist’s latest research, capturing Felipe’s futuristic style. Reminiscent of Italian futurism in the way that they pay tribute to the modern world, the diverse series boast his signature motifs. Pixelated prisms of neon hues hang from the ceiling, while optical patterns and jagged grids adorned the walls.
“Colour only happens because of light, and light is the only reason why life happens,” Felipe says. “Light and colour are the very essence of visual art. Thanks to television, computers, and modern lighting, our perception of light and colour has changed completely.”
To achieve the 8-bit graphics effect in his work, Felipe uses modelling software to design the 3D sculptures, murals, and paintings.
“I grew up as a simple painter, trained as a painter, and now my biggest goal is to get clear of all the academic training and to be able to make art freely, with the tools that work best. I try to create things that are not supposed to be where they are. To bring awareness of certain things, to move people’s thoughts elsewhere.”
Felipe has exhibited his work all over Europe, America, Australia and Asia. And last year he graffitied a ’94 Chevrolet Corvette and installed it in LA. You can see more of his fantastic work below or on his website.