This weeks Wednesday wall is a Christmas selection box of works by Italian artist Luca Di Maggio. Luca has been visiting Barcelona the past few weeks (maybe he’s still here, I don’t know) and he was clearly feeling productive.
I’m sharing five of his pieces but I know of another two at least that I have not found yet.
I was checking Luca’s website before writing this piece as in all honestly I had never heard of him before. He seems to like painting cyclists and bicycles but in Barcelona he focused on portrait pieces.
Although I’d say it’s fairly easy to acknowledge all these pieces are from the same artist. They definitely vary in terms of quality, detail and medium. The first piece was the giant red paste up. This one is full of detail and the character looks like he has lived a life.
All of the other pieces look a lot rougher with less detail and have more of an improvised sketch feel to them. And of course, it’s Barcelona so they have been tagged pretty heavily within five minutes. That just adds to the roughness I guess.
There’s something quite alluring to a visiting artist painting loads of work across the city in a very short space of time. I don’t know if the quality really matters, I just like seeing so much, very particular pieces of art appear almost over night and then disappear again as quickly as it arrived. Ephemeral art at its finest.