Leonardo Crudi

Leonardo Crudi was born in Rome in 1989. Selftought, at 13 he discovers the world of graffiti art. This first formation “on the street” teaches him to build bi-dimensional images and to associate colours, as well as developing an interest for a representation on the edge between the abstract and the figurative. Since 2012 he dedicates himself to the creation of his first works on paper, inspired, in his geometric elements, from the graffiti’s lettering and, in the realistic representation of the subjects, from the framing of Italian neorealist cinema. As his tools of expressions he chooses the ballpoint pen and water-based paint, unifying the vertical graphic stroke with geometric background of an uniform colour. In 2014 he studies the teachings of Renato Mambor (1936-2014); as a result he perfects the spatial bi-dimensionality and introduces silhouettes of workers in his compositions. In 2015, he dedicates himself to the study of Soviet avant garde cinema and is influenced by Ėjzenštejn film editing theories. Subsequently he turns himself to the pictorial avant-gardes of Russian Suprematism, Constructivism and Futurism and reelaboretes the teachings from Rodčenko, El Lissitzky e Malevič. He is attracted by the possibility of bringing together abstraction and figuration in a language able to convey ethical and political contents. In his vision, being an artist means actively engage oneself  in the transformation of contemporary society.

In 2017 he creates posters which are stylistically influenced by the russian avant garde. These are dedicated to the centenary of the October revolution. Each poster is an unique piece crafted by hand, posted on the walls of the city of Rome with the objective of introducing the general public to the most important people of the revolutionary avant garde (Rodčenko, Majakovskij, Vertov, etc…). Since the end of 2017, he gives life to a new project, still in progress, centered on the Italian avant-garde cinema. He designs and pains movie posters of avant-garde movies from the 60s and 70s for which promotional posters have never been created, since they were never part of a wide distribution. The cultural objective of this project, which is brought to life by the works being posted on the Italian capital’s walls, is to introduce a niche film movement to the general public, a movement which has been almost forgotten and deserves to be rediscovered for its brave and exceptional artistic experimentations.