In his latest venture, French street-artist and graffiti photographer Žilda brings to the streets some beautifully executed baroque-inspired art, turning vacant, crumbling walls into classical art galleries and making the world just a little nicer into the bargain.
Often exhibiting an almost melancholy romanticism seldom seen in street art, with his older works depicting long-forgotten old movie scenes, his latest work is classically-inspired art reminiscent of a pre-Raphaelite era in painting.
Over the last 10 years he has been decorating the streets of Rome, Lisbon, Belgrade, and currently Naples, where he has undertaken his latest project, Fragiles Fabulae.
In it, he combines myths and fables from Greek tragedy and Latin mythology, and ancient Biblical tales through to Celtic legend, and as usual in very nondescript, out-of-the-way locations.
“it is essential to know the social and architectural stratification of a city, to get familiar with its streets, its quarters, and to view that urban setting as a constraint that stimulates the staging of my ideas, says Zilda.
‘Spotting the city’ amounts to approaching it like an open-air museum where each wall constitutes a hypothetic painting, a backdrop already developing its own aesthetics and organization of colors and materials.”
Preferring to remain anonymous, as posting on the streets is often accompanied by a fine if caught, Žilda does preliminary drawings, before applying his art to poster material which he then colors with acrylics, oils and gouache.
I think they’re awesome! There is a video below as well (with subtitles) which is pretty good!
You can see more of his work on his Website