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For years Federico Clapis worked “undercover” producing viral videos on social networks and accumulating millions of fans and views.
In September 2015, at the height of the media popularity, he decided to move away from pure entertainment and converted his online presence into a tool for the dissemination of his socially engaged artistic works.
He successfully combines these social messages with his art while remaining one of the most engaging artists on the social platform.
Years of inner journey led him to introspect on the most intimate conditions of the human being. Technology is often used as an excuse to tell the emotions of the contemporary.
"I don't believe in the 'phenomenon of inspiration' as an external element with a precise cause-effect mechanism, rather as the only flow of consciousness that permeates those who are receptive.
In the artistic experience there's no separation between one's own subconscious and that of the outside - of others or collective - and fulfills its function when it succeeds in being the means of visible and invisible, of emotions and matter.
This is what I feel led to do by a greater force and it's probably my main reason for living today."
The exploration of the social media narrative has progressed from video art to sculptural works. His big bronze works characterize him most, telling the days of today in a mix of past and future.
Actor on Canvas is one of his most successful series which bears one of the most advanced scanning and printing technologies.
The search for forms and new technologies are the main engine of his artistic work. The social function of its media operation has the aim of uniting the dissemination of art on social networks to the most institutional worlds.
The discourse of new technologies are the main drive of his artistic work. The social function of its media operation has the aim of uniting the dissemination of art on social networks to the most institutional worlds.
Born in Milan, 1987. Lives and works in Milan .
2018 || Crypto Connection, monumental work for the Observation Point Square, London
2017 || Urban project for City Of God, Rio de Janeiro
2016 || Federico Clapis meets Francis Bacon, Montanari Palace, Bologna
2015 || Born in Captivity, Maimeri Foundation, Milan
2015 || Vernon Gallery, Munich
2015 || Pitagora Prize 2015, Pitagora Garden Museum, Crotone