Andrea Sbra Perego was born in Bergamo in 1982, his formation goes from the Art School of Bergamo to the Academy of Fine Arts in Brera, Milan and his pictorial style is made up of masters such as Fabio Maria Linari and Gianfranco Bonetti, to whom the artist has always been very close.
Since 2000 he has exhibited his works in numerous solo and group exhibitions in various Italian cities like Milan, La Spezia, Rome and Genoa.
Fundamental step in his research is 2006, when he wrote the "Fantastic Treaty on Oroccoccoro Manifesto", a book that gives birth in 2013 to the Oroccoccoro Global Art Movement, a movement made up of mostly Italian artists who live and work in different countries of the world (Italy, United Kingdom, Malaysia, USA).
In 2008 he moved to Rome, then to London; after a short stay in Mexico in 2015 he is back in his hometown.
It is during these years of constant movement that his artistic production focuses to analyze the close relationship between man and urban environment and to "tell the present, because telling the present is or should be responsability for any artist"; so his works often involves the human figure, either portrayed as protagonist or seen in its natural interaction with the urban territory.
Perego thinks that the artwork is not just the product of studio work, on the easel, but it means living to the rhythms of society and being an active part of it, the adventure of existence through the research of art.
He currently resides and works in Turin.
His works have been exhibited in various galleries in Italy and around the world; to mention among the most important cities: Milan, Turin, Venice, London, Berlin, Osaka, Miami; a large size canvas of the artist is permanently displayed at the International Airport of Miami.
“A man through the city”
Architecture filled with humanity raises from Andrea Sbra Perego’s painting, where the recurring theme is the city that lives and pulses together with the inevitable human factor.
Squares, urban glimpses or railway stations are, from time to time, animated by a crowd with undefined contours, in constant motion.
Nervous brushstrokes, like vectorial forces provided with different directions , mixed in dropping and graphics, vibrate with one voice with the sky, a mobile blue full of accents, with the never quiet fronts of the buildings, in perfect harmony with the unstoppable human swarm.
The Immediate and rapid gesture of painting, and the incisive and synthetic stretch, correspond to continuous motion filling each canvas, artist's autobiography in pictures, a tireless globetrotter and stateless person by vocation.
His artistic research focuses on imaginary spaces of an accelerated and frenetic journey, high-flux transportation infrastructures such as railway stations, airports and underground.
In the above mentioned “non places” the man can be perceived in relation to the environemet like constant presence in the form of urban swarm, where the lack of individual’s identity can be felt among the indistinct mass.
Images of railway stations and airport s become metaphors of transience, of the situation of transit and continuous flux, of his trip not yet concluded, sensations constants in the poetics of Sbra Perego.
Every picture seems to geographically define a particular place, as well as a reference point on the time axis of memory; after closer inspection of the surface of each canvas you can find a layering of maps, cards, tickets, newspapers and memories that often have no relevance with the represented cities.
In each painting the mainland, dematerializing the asphalt and the roadway to emphasize the humanity that flows through them It is always a collage of topographic maps from various sources, with soft character pastels colors, to be represented. The protagonists of each work thus become citizens of the world, the now inevitable emblem ongoing globalization and ultimately a kind of self-portrait of himself.
Each metropolis is thus not so much the point of arrival or the conclusion of an itinerary but the outcome of an in progress path, where everything accumulates and mixes in a continuous sum of differences, able to shape the uniqueness of every individual.
In this very personal inward journey, without a specific geographical destination, where each stop, each city still is a temporary situation that the viewer, homo viator occasional or for pleasure one can recognize himself in the same condition of the artist, homo viator by nature.
Website: andreasbraperego.com (website is actually on rebuilding, it will be on line on wednesday, february 21)