Ascanio (Cuba, 1988) is a painter, streetart muralist and screen printer, now living and working in Milan, Italy. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts of Santiago de Cuba with a major in painting and drawing.

As much as on his on-canvas artworks, screen-printings or walls, Ascanio reproduces his own shape of man leaning forward as a symbol of all contemporary individuals intent on challenging the future and standing out against different life scenarios, a concept which is summarised in his payoff “CLIMBING THE FUTURE“.

As a graphic synthesis of his art-motive, this image merges with his own name and becomes his signature of recognition.

From years of working experience at the “René Portocarrero” screen printing laboratory in Havana, Ascanio finds in the acquired screen-printing technique a great source of artistic inspiration and experimentation that he gradually introduces in his works, giving his artworks a marked and characteristic style.

With the exclusive use of brush and traditional mural painting techniques, Ascanio realizes large murals, paying tribute to local personalities and artists as Enzo Jannacci and Morando Morandini, but at the same time giving his contribution to urban redevelopment projects with colourful street art works.

Ascanio likes to interact and collaborate with international artists, organizing activities and developing interdisciplinary art projects. He also likes to spontaneously engage eager and interested people in the implementation of his street art works, inviting them to participate and to share a unique participatory art experience.

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Education

2003
Academy of Fine Arts “José Joaqda”.

Major in painting and drawing, until 2007. Santiago de Cuba, Cuba.

2012
Post-bachelor in exterior architecture

Professor Augusto Rivero. Maqueta de La Habana, Cuba.

Projects and Collaborations

2018
L'Angolo di Paolo Limiti
[PAINTED MURAL] – Milan, Italy.
In tribute to Paolo Limiti, for Cineteca Milano. La Biblioteca di Morando. Naviglio Martesana, Via Tofane, 49.

2018
AMC Italia
[LIVEPAINTING AND SCREEN PRINTING] Lago di Garda / Napoli / Milan. Team building event.

2018
Oltre le Sfide
[PAINTED MURAL] – Castellammare del Golfo (TP), Italy.
In collaboration with Trinart Association. Villa Olivia.

2017
La Biblioteca di Morando
[PAINTED MURAL] – Milan, Italy.
In tribute to Morando Morandini, for Cineteca Milano. La Biblioteca di Morando. Naviglio Martesana, Via Tofane, 49.

2017
Express Urbanlife (Carrefour)
[LIVEPAINTING] – Milan, Italy.
Fuorisalone forniture Show, in collaboration with Artepassante Association. Corso Garibaldi, 49.

2017
Art in Transit
[PAINTED MURAL] – Milan, Italy.
Project by Artepassante and RFI (Rete Ferroviaria Italiana) on the occasion of the Salone del Mobile forniture Show. Patronage of the Municipality of Milan. Repubblica (MM3) undergroung station entrance.

2017
Bice Bugatti Club
[PRIZE] – Nova Milanese. Milan, Italy.
Delivery of on canva artwork N. 1 for the “Artist Book” project. Villa Vertua, Via Garibaldi, 1.

2016
Migration to Cloud
[INTERNAL DESIGN] – Milan, Italy.
Presentation of the modern bookcase designed by the architect Emanuele Svetti, integrated with a n original artwork oncanva and its reproduction on a light panel. Oncanva artwork and design. BOFFETTO Srl, form-to-furniture. Via Borgogna 5b.

2016
Streetart per #NOWgeneration #Texture
[STREET PAINTING] – Milan, Italy.
Artistic direction and realization of 50 m2 of sidewalks in 50 key points of the City of Milan. Live performance and #streetpainting combined with the textures of emerging designers from the Accademia del Lusso, School of Fashion and Design. Vogue Fashion Night Out.

2016
Art’s Oasis
[PAINTED MURAL] – Petrosino (TP), Sicily, Italy.
Streetart promoted by the Municipality of Petrosino. Project aimed at urban policies of environment regeneration, redevelopment and systemisation.

2016
La libertà è un luogo Comune
[DECORATION] – San Donato Milanese. Milan, Italy.
Decoration of the glass facade of the Municipality of San Donato Milanese for the 70° Anniversary of April, 25th Liberation Day – In collaboration with the poet MisterCaos and SandoCalling youth association.

2016
Castelletto senza confini
[PAINTED MURAL] – Milan, Italy.
Artepassante Association project. Underpass SS494, Castelletto di Abbiategrasso.

2016
Il Muro del Viaggio
[PAINTED MURAL] – Milan, Italy.
Project by the 4th Area Council of Municipality of Milan and MM S.p.A., Forlanini FS railway station. Via Ardigò.

2016
L’urlo di Sesto
[PAINTED BANNER] -Sesto San Giovanni. Milan, Italy.
On canvas interpretation of the protest message of the “fight against the electrode” Subcommittee.

2015
Un Murale per Parco Adriano!
[PAINTED MURAL] – Milan, Italy.
Four painted Murals for a district regeneration project. Direct involvement of children and inhabitants of the area. Comitato Parco Adriano and 2° Area Council of Milan Municipality.

2015
El portava i scarp del tennis
[PAINTED MURAL] – Milan, Italy.
Tribute to singer and composer Enzo Jannacci, 4th Area Council of Milan Municipality and MM S.p.A., Stazione Forlanini FS. Via Ardigò.

2015
Il giardino delle farfalle
[DECORATION] – Abbiategrasso (MI), Italy.
Regeneration of the Grenadiers Park in collaboration with the Municipality.

2015
2beFIT Fitness & More
[DECORATION] – Corsico, Italy.
Crossfit Gym setting.

2015
Fusion
[PAINTED MURAL] – Milan, Italy.
ATA – Atelier del Teatro e delle Arti, Artepassante Association, Repubblica (MM3) underground station.

2015
A te Zineb, e a tutte
[LIVE PAINTING] – Padova. Italy.
Music, art and solidarity against gender violence. Anfiteatro del Venta.

2015
EXPO 2015
[DECORATION] – Milan, Italy.
Painted 3D EXPO logo for the Rho-Fiera International Expo.

Personal Exhibitions

2017
Diarios

Itinerary presentation of the handcrafted silk-screen folder inspired by the image of Ernesto “Che” Guevara. Arci Nova, Nova Milanese (April) | Cervantes Institute of Milan (May) | Circolo Arci Porco Rosso, Palermo (December) – Italy

2017
LegisLAB in Art

Private exhibition and live performance in collaboration with Arteinprogress: Art in unconventional spaces. Legal Office. Via Vincenzo Monti 6, Milan.

2016
Nhero a Colori

Exhibition and live performance in collaboration with Arteinprogress, Nhero-Milano lounge bar, Via Felice Casati 44, Milan, Italy.

2016
Scalando il Futuro

Vogue Fashion Night Out, Accademia del Lusso – Scuola di Moda e Design, Via Montenapolenone 5, Milan, Italy.

2015
Climbing

Milano Latin Festival. Cuba Pavilion, Assago Forum, Milan, Italy.

2014
Bipersonal Exhibition

Cascina Martesana, Milan, Italy.

2014
Climbing the Future

Hostal Los Frailes, Old Havana, Havana, Cuba.

2011
Reflejos Cotidianos

Grand Theater of Havana, Havana, Cuba.

2009
Espacios

Boyeros Project Center, Havana, Cuba.

2005
La simiente fructifica

Cultural Athenaeum, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba.

Collective Exhibitions

2018
#URBANART: colore/materia/luce

Museocity: Contemporary artists exhibition organized by the annual art commission of La
Permanente Museum. Via F. Turati 34, Milan, Italy.

2018
BIAS 2018: International Biennial of Sacred Art

WISH – World International Sicilian Heritage and Rosa Mundi. Italian Capital of Culture 2018. Palermo, Sicily.

2017
Una mostra... tre artisti | PAO – F CK – ASCANIO

Artepassante Gallery, Repubblica (MM3) subway station.
Milan, Italy.

2017
Dichiarazioni di Pace

Itinerant exhibition curated by Giorgio Seveso.
House of Memory. Milan, Italy.

2016
Chiazze d’inchiostro

Bookcity Milano Expo, exhibition and live performance, Rogoredo.
Milan, Italy.

2016
Affordable Art Night Out

ArtKademy Lab.
Milan, Italy.

2015
Tondi d' Artista, Terra Nutrimento per l'Arte

Seicentro Center.
Milan, Italy.

2015
Milano Città Mondo, M-WAM

Internazional Contest, Fabbrica del Vapore.
Milan, Italy.

2014
Cachi pum! Piedra, papel o tijera.

Fábrica de Arte Cubano Gallery.
Havana, Cuba.

2013
Salón Ciudad Sin Límites

La Moderna Gallery, Havana City, Cuba.

2013
III Encuentro Nacional De Grabado

Visual Arts Development Center.
Havana, Cuba.

2013
Cuba #513

Bayamo Provincial Center of Plastics Arts.
Granma, Cuba.

2012
Carambola

XI° Havana Biennal
“René Portocarrero” Lab.
Havana, Cuba.

2011
Fatiga

Luz y Oficio Gallery.
Old Havana, Cuba.

2011
Territorio común III

René Portocarrero screen printing Lab.
Calle Cuba #513. Havana, Cuba.

2011
Improntas

Maqueta de L’Avana.
Havana, Cuba.

2010
Territorio Común I

“René Portocarrero” screen printing Lab.
Calle Cuba #513. Havana, Cuba.

2005
Salón David

Oriente Gallery.
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba.

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Ascanio – Street Works

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