5 Questions for Millo

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                     Photos via Millo. 

I came across the work of Millo on Instagram and automatically loved his eye for detail and sense of humor (and whimsy). His large murals remind me of giant coloring book pages or vignettes from children’s books.

But each scene is trademark Millo, each story endearing and sometimes mysterious. If you look closely you can find lots of fun details (can you spot the batman Millo in this post?).

The Italian artist has created work everywhere from Holland to Rome. He was kind enough to answer some questions via email. Check them out below!

1. How did you first get involved in public art?

I started in 2010 in Italy for the first time. I decided to follow my passion (I have always drawn since I was a child). I took part in a big event about street, video art, in Ancona… before that I used to paint on canvases.

2. Your pieces are very whimsical, playful and detailed. Do you plan visuals ahead of time or is your process spontaneous? 

Even if it should appear strange, I usually go to a lot of festivals without a clear idea of what to realize, only after I have spent in the city some hours,my imagination starts to work.

In any case, I only choose what the characters should do, all the rest is completely spontaneous and free hand.

3. What sorts of materials do you use when you work?

I only use acrylic paint, brushed and a good boom lift!

4. Are your characters inspired by anyone?

My characters are always inspired by someone or something. I used to reproduce things I live or things I feel… sometimes it could be a real person but most of the time it’s a question of emotions.

5. Is there somewhere in the world you would love to paint that you haven’t already visited? 

I really would like to paint in Rio even if I’ve been there… But those were holidays!

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Kaleidoscope Vision: Hueman’s Just One Moment

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Photo by Brock Brake for Mirus Gallery

Artists get asked a lot about inspiration, about source material. And then they get asked about process, about all those little steps in between prepping the paint and declaring a work the finished product.

But there’s nothing quite like walking into a gallery without this information to get a little lost (and maybe a little dizzy) by jumping head-first into an artist’s unique vision.

Hueman, aka Allison Torneros, is a street and fine artist working out of San Francisco. Her recent solo show, “Just One Moment,” includes more than 15 new pieces. Much of Hueman’s work features vibrant colors, flowing lines and mysterious faces.

The works in the show are described as “a look into a singular moment in time, spliced, dissected, and manipulated through intersecting lines and planes.” Hueman often plays with perspective, asking that the viewer put together the pieces — or surrender to the work’s intertwined parts and get lost in their ordered chaos.

For this show, Hueman pushes that concept further by also manipulating the canvas. No longer a square surface, it also alters the expectations of the viewer. In some instances, the canvas echoes the movement of the work’s content; an edge mirrors the curve of a woman’s neck and back while sharp angles echo the angularity of strong lines.

At this point, Hueman has already gained the viewers’ trust – and will continue to break it into gorgeous, dizzying pieces.

“Just One Moment” is on view at Mirus Gallery until October 10.

Check out some more photos from the show:

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Photos courtesy of Mirus gallery; final photo by Brock Brake for Mirus Gallery.