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These two wonderful pieces are the work of Italian artist Guido Bisagni also known as 108 painted for the Bien Urbain Festival in Besançon, France.
As many muralists, 108 started his career doing graffiti, slowly evolving into what he is today, a talented contemporary artist. At some point 108 began a dark and introspective journey that heavily influenced his works breaking away from the “pop” trend that we see in Urban Art. Instead he explored pure form and its symbolic meaning, a research that led him to radically distance himself from any representation of the real and known and becoming strongly influenced by primitive art, ancient local shamanism and by the propitiatory character of rock carvings.
The result is clear: canvases and murals depicting black silhouettes that are “transformed into secular menhir full of meaning, into ghosts of the past ready to interfere with our present, into bridges which start from the ground on which we stand and end somewhere in the unknown.”  Beautiful and interesting work.

108-bienurbain-1Second pic by Eric Surmont

 

Author: Fran

Founder and editor of Urbanite. Street Art lover who after the finishing her MA thesis on the muralist movement in the 1920-50s, developed a fascination for street art and graffiti that eventually led to collaborations with different art blogs, including the creation of this one.