Edition of 5
Signed & numbered
" The 80’s have been through a very cult decade for those who was born in the 70’s. Kids grew up with the most poetic cartoon characters, especially from those Japanese Manga worlds. We use to dream loads about hope, freedom, trust and most of those characters gave us the chance to become old and live our childhood in a very encouraging way. But on the other hand, our new kid’s generation seems lost, sad, cynical... they “gulp down” anything like junk food. They do not have dreams anymore, they are instead bored and become consumers. This is the CI MANGA mood...
In Italian, MANGA word is pretty similar to MANCA, which means “missed something”... CI MANGA sounds like “We missed it”. I guess it came out like “We are missing Astroboy and all our childhood cartoon’s heroes”. Our children’s heroes seem to be dying while our new silly generation is ready to “gulp him down”.
At the age of 30, as if seized by a surge of
influence from the street art of his youth, Fidia was lifted from a stable and
successful career in graphic design, illustration and photography, to hijack
the course of contemporary art; a move that would soon hold the world in
suspense and anticipation. Fidia’s voice mapped its way through a career in
today’s corporate labyrinth of well-known brands and classical studies at
Florence’s Accademia di Belle Arti, leaving an open door to ignite a profound
dialogue with society about today – controversial issues, current events, and
his own personal fears. Using iconic characters in “floodlights,”
blending historic and pop-culture imagery, and planting poignant copy, Fidia’s
work sheds light on the world around us with startling candor, igniting
discourse while inspiring new forms of expression.
His curiosity with street art as a child has come full circle as Fidia is now widely celebrated as one of the most influential contemporary artists of today. The world over, Fidia’s work continues to impress and surprise in galleries, museums, foundations, schools, universities, and most importantly, on the streets.