Yesterday I joined the opening of the solo show of the Italian street artists Sten and Lex at Magda Danysx Gallery in Paris. The art duo are world famous for their unique style which they named “Hole School”, a reference to the “Old School”.
They mix two important elements of street-art: stencil and poster. Gluing an image on wood medium and hand cutting thousands of lines, painting it black, what brings an image when paper tape comes out, slowly revealing the work.
Sten and Lex art work is really impressive, always portraits, photos from the 60’s and 70’s, anonymous characters, black and white, elegant and discreet. A finesse that you can see in each line, a thousand of them cut by hand that also creates an illusion, part of the meticulous work.
In Italy, they are considered the pioneers of “stencil graffiti”, where they have been working since 2001. Last year Sten and Lex had their work exhibited at Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome (MACRO) marking their entry into the world of contemporary art. With an international reputation, they already participated in a lot of festivals and projects around the world, including an invitation by Banksy to work beside him on Cans Festival in 2008 in England.
Last June, Sten and Lex came to Paris to make Le M.U.R (an association that brings a new street-artists to performance each 15 days, in a huge ex-billboard on Rue Oberkampf ), at the time they also did some other awesome works on the streets of Paris.