ALO (Aristide Loria - 5/09/1981) is an Italian artist based in Paris and London. He is a painter with a highly recognizable expressionist style. The artist has developed working both outdoors and in the studio. His first urban art works appeared in Italy and then London, Paris and Berlin. The artist describes his style as 'Urban Expressionism'

ALO is a painter who adapted his indoor techniques, mainly brushes and acrylic based, to the outdoor surfaces. The bright palette of mostly primary colours chosen for the backgrounds defines the emotional range of each artwork. ALO’s outdoor pieces are slowly processed; the work is conceived through many phases of preparation of the surface and the details are carefully layered.

ALO’s work can be easily related to the milestones of art history. ALO is influenced by many of the artistic movements born just before World War II all over Europe: from Cubism to Expressionism, mostly french and german.

ALO talks through his art; his canvases and street pieces have an incredible communicative power. His pixelated portraits deliver a strong idea of research for elegance and the deeper human inner side.

ALO tailors striped clothes around his elegant female figures which have the same void eyes à la Demoiselles d’Avignon, but they are also full of life and emotions: sweetness, love, desperation, anger, madness, elegance and dignity. Beautiful stylised women; lost characters in the city corners, looking for life.

ALO spots his subjects in the streets, he metamorphoses them and eventually brings them back to the streets in the form of works of art.

"Exit from Aden" - Solo show at Saatchi gallery - March 2017

London, UK – On 15 March the Saatchi Gallery will open Exit from Aden, an exhibition of new
works by the artist ALO, in the Prints & Originals Gallery.
Exit from Aden presents new paintings by ALO. Executed on canvas, cardboard and paper, these works are portraits of real people observed in the street, mythical figures and people that the artist has encountered in life or through art, literature and music.. Executed in his distinctive style, which the artist describes as urban expressionism, these works constitute an impressive body of work focussing upon the human figure in contemporary society.
The artist was born in Italy and relocated to London in 2012. He has since established himself as a distinctive and highly regarded artist. His studio work has become highly collectable and his street art work well publicised. Exit from Aden is the second solo exhibition of works at the Saatchi Gallery following the highly successful exhibition Hail to the Loser in 2014.
The artist has said that the works created for Exit from Aden were partly inspired by the poetic prose work ‘A Season in Hell’ by Arthur Rimbaud. In particular, this passage had a significant resonance for the artist:
"J'ai vu l'enfer des femmes là-bas; - et il me sera loisible de posséder la vérité dans une âme et un corps."

“I went through women’s Hell over there; – and I will be able now to possess the truth within one body and one soul.”



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