ALO ("Aristide Loria") is an Italian artist based in London. His first works appeared in the streets of Perugia, Rome and Milan. ALO has subsequently expanded his activity to the rest of Europe with street pieces and gallery exhibitions all over London, Berlin and Paris.
Although it may seem contradictory, ALO is a “street art painter” and he describes his style as “Urban Expressionism”. He adapted his indoor techniques, mainly 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.
Despite him being a self-taught artist, ALO’s works 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 the bold tints and hard shapes of the at that time rediscovered African art, to the sharp bitterness of the German Expressionism.
ALO talks through his art; his canvases and street pieces have an incredible communicative power. His pixelated portraits deliver a strong sense of loss and defeat.
These “losers” try to send us messages through a labyrinth of cubist rebus of words and objects; they stare at us under never ending brush strokes rain. 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. Long necks and beautiful stylised women; lost characters in the city corners, at the very margins of 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: “Hail to the Looser”, as the title of ALO’s last exhibition at Saatchi invites to do. “I’ve always been drawn to this outside society. Myself, I feel I belong most to this aspect of mankind.” (ALO).
Wikipedia (Press Section)
Repubblica.it - Alo. a Londra per dipingere su tela e su strada (Article/Interview)
Repubblica.it - ALO article
WideWalls - 10 Best Street art Masters from Italy
ArtTribune - Dalle strade a Saatchi, per Alo e` accaduto tutto molto in fretta
Mtv.co.uk - 19 London artists
WideWalls - Hail to the Loser - Saatchi Gallery solo show
WideWalls - 19 Contemporary italian artists you need to know
ArtTribune - Hail to the Loser - Solo show view
WideWalls - Alo bio & info
DesignFaves - Street art portraits descibe individuals from the inside out
Inspiring City - Italian street artsist ALO prepares his solo show at the Saatchi Gallery
Complex - 25 London street artists you need to know
BeExposed - Exhibition "ALO - Hail to the Loser"
Inspiring City - ALO. street art in London
Alternative LDN - Say hello to ALO (Interview)
Kingdom Magazine - Interview