Alexey Luka in Rome
Russian artist Alexey Luka has been in Italy since completing work at the Memorie Urbane Festival and has left a little hidden gem in Torpignattara, appropriately titled “Straniera,” which means foreigner. Sometimes said with disdain off the lips of locals, as Rome becomes more of a cultural mix, Romans are finding increasing numbers of “foreigners” in their daily mix. Torpignattara is an extremely diverse neighborhood that’s been undergoing over a bit of a Renaissance in the last few years, with spill over from hip cousin Pigneto and helped by the presence of galleries like Wunderkammern, who bring people out to an area they may have never ventured to before. In fact, the gallery assisted in arranging this wall, which is just tucked behind an aqueduct in a sort of semi-bucolic setting if one looks at if from the right angle. As “street art” ventures more and more into muralism, wall choice and placement comes ever more important. Here the artist’s work is discrete and surprising, not overpowering, and blends right into the low laying buildings that surround it. A sort of Cubist style informs Alexey’s work as he uses his abstraction to create a subtle, multi-ethnic face along the facade of the same residential building.