Watercolor and Pencil Paintings by El Gato Chimney

El Gato Chimney
El Gato Chimney was born in 1981 in Milan, where he currently lives and works. He started his career as a self taught artist, developing an early interest in graffiti that made him pursue a successful journey into street art.

As the years went by, thanks to the acquisition of new knowledge and the need to continuously improve his technical skills, the artist began to prefer to work in his studio, dedicating his time to an introspective research to depict immaterial things, such as emotions and inner visions.

Currently, El Gato Chimney's studies range over a wide variety of subjects, such as alchemy, ancient and modern art, magic, mirabilia, occultism, popular folklore, primitive art and spiritualism. The universe he portrays is dual and deceptive, like a good nightmare: a world constantly split between a daytime Arcadia and an inhabited and unquiet night, where the dividing line is clearly visible and easy to cross, both a danger signal and an invitation to disobedience.

A magical and religious syncretism is what livens up the inhabitantants of these lands, a well-turned mixture of cultures and eras, as the artist wants to assert that celebrating life and escaping death is what joins all beings. Thus El Gato Chimney, drawing from European folklore and Oceanian tribes alike to borrow the colourful clothes and masks that adorn his mysterious characters, asks the protagonists of his paintings to officiate rites to forestall misfortune, sacrifices to lure prosperity.

At a first glance one could overlook the details dear to the artist: figures hidden in the clouds, seemingly common objects abandoned forever or left waiting for something or someone, and, above all, symbols, a multitude of heterogeneous symbols whose decipheration reveals new meanings at every reading.
When in front of these works it is impossible not to wonder what hides in the woods, where that road will lead up to, why these beings trust in such a blind way this primitive religion, partly attributable to preexisting cults, partly made up.

El Gato Chimney, instead of answering directly, fills his paintings with clues and appeals to our imagination and our sensibility, keys of interpretation of the modern world.

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