Welcome Miguel Angel Martin!

Miguel Angel Martin will take part to the Urban Superstar Show 2010.
Miguel Angel Martin espone a Urban Superstar Show 2010.
Painting Courtesy © Miguel Angel Martin / Galleria Miomao


Glenn Barr for back from Black!

Glenn Barr, “Whish Nick”, mixed media on wood, 40cm x 60cm

Painting Courtesy © MondoPOP

Anthony Ausgang for Back from Black!

Anthony Ausgang, "Gravity's Rainbow", acrylics on canvas,71 x 119 cm

Painting Courtesy © MondoPOP

Shag for Back from Black!

Shag,"The Infestation", acrylic paint on wood panel, 76 cm x 137 cm
Painting Courtesy © MondoPOP

Gary Taxali for Back from Black!

Gary Taxali, "Hindi Nicknames", mixed media on paper, 54cm X 70cm circa

Painting Courtesy © MondoPOP

Jeremy Fish for Back from Black!

Jeremy Fish, ”Last Candles of Freedom,” acrylic on wood, 40cm x 40cm

Painting Courtesy © MondoPOP

Camilla D'Errico for Back from Black!

Camilla D' Errico, "Aida", acrylics on wood, 50 cm x 76 cm circa
Painting Courtesy © MondoPOP

Ian Stevenson for Back from Black!

Ian Stevenson, "Oh Fuck I'm Lost Again", paint pen on reclaimed photo, 23cm x 17cm
Painting Courtesy © MondoPOP

SHAG at MondoPOP, Rome

Josh Agle (Shag) drinkin' in MondoPOP with Giorgia and Diavù...
Josh Agle (Shag) a bere qualcosa at MondoPOP con Giorgia and Diavù...

Victor Castillo for Back from Black!

Victor Castillo, "Broken Faces", acrylics on canvas, 300cm x 230 cm

Painting Courtesy © MondoPOP

Welcome to Amy Sol artwork!

Amy Sol artworks will take part ot the Urban Superstar Show 2010.
Amy Sol espone a Urban Superstar Show 2010.


Shag's Night Birds video!

We couldn't miss the amazing italian latinlover by Shag.
Guys, take note: this is pure italian love phillosophy.


URBAN Superstar Show 2010 presents: BACK FROM BLACK (eng version)


Back from Black.

From bright Pop to dark Underground. And back.

Collective exhibition curated by David Vecchiato

From May, the 1st to June, the 14th, 2010


Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina, Naples

MADRE and Napoli COMICON present Urban Superstar Show Festival, first edition of the first Festival that a Contemporary Art Museum dedicates in Europe to Underground Art, Pop Surrealism, Lowbrow Art and Urban Art, which are to say the new artistic currents which better represent the contemporaneity.

Italian artist David Vecchiato has mustered lots and lots of fellows from all over the world into Naples MADRE for 4 collective exhibitions for the year 2010 and will keep on gathering, in his capacity as curator, leading figures of an art movement which is destined to become the new Contemporary Art avant-garde.

Vecchiato’s aim is to propose a critical order among different artistic trends.

The exhibition opening the Festival, on May, the 1st, 2010, is Back from Black. From bright Pop to dark Underground. And back.

Seven other exhibitions will be following through 2010 and 2011 editions:

Characters & Patterns

Pop Surrealism & Lowbrow Art

Gothic, Expressionism, Folk and Steam Punk

Masters of the Underground Art

and Street & Urban Art Adventures

which will take up the whole area of the MADRE Museum dedicated to the Festival till the end of 2011.

Such kind of signs were in vogue from the ’60‘s till the ’80‘s but after that, as soon as the wannabe Pop and Street Art heirs, evoked through the works of the new artists generations, were getting closer and closer to the world of cartoons, comics, tattoos and those ways of expression which are mostly considered subcultures, the official world of Art blamed them for trivialization and in fact censored them by not showing their works any longer.

Thus those artists, sons and daughters of pop culture and diy logics, have grown inside underground circuits and have made best use of both web and street in order to build outstanding commercial success, finding parallel ways to the institutional Art market system and to those galleries which used to shrug them off.

That is how a subversive visual culture was born and has spread itself as a virus.

Not a vain rebellion towards the world of Art, but a parallel vision of art making, based on guerrilla promotion and marketing tactics, which pass through conceiving ideas for illustrations, cartoons, t-shirts, art toys, different kinds of objects, clothes and fashion accessories.

Often on the initiative of these artists, specialized magazines and galleries have grown up. But also firms producing gadgets of this Art that both young and old people love, and that seems to have no needs of critics to be perceived.

The initial lack of a constructive dialog with critics and official market let artists grow expressing in complete freedom. Lots of them gained visibility by painting walls and using street as gallery.

In these last few years this underground movement has started to revenge its role in Contemporary Art, and such Art system that used to shrugg it off, from galleries to museums, from Biennials to great fairs, has started to court such names, so popular nowadays, opening its salons doors to them.

In Italy, after some specialized galleries experiences, the collective exhibition Urban Superstar Show 2009, curated by David Vecchiato, presented last year in the Southern Italy most important Museum, was the first proper signal towards this changement, letting this new Contemporary Art exhibit itself in a museum. Other similar exhibitions presented in other museums and other Italian institutional places soon followed that event.

Urban Superstar Festival 2010, by having the same name, wants to carry on with the work of cultural diffusion started with the collective Urban Superstar Show 2009, offering a much richer panoramical view over this contemporary artists wave and sorting out the different artistic currents which by the way profusely draw from the same inspirational well, Pop Art above all, by introducing everyday elements which want to be universally recognizable and understandable.

In the artists and works selection, David Vecchiato highlights how many of the last decades comics authors have stylistically influenced Pop Surrealist and Lowbrow artists by gathering them together into the Back to Black exhibition.

The ascendancy of underground comic fathers such as Robert Crumb and Gilbert Shelton over Lowbrow and Pop Surrealist painters is clearly underlined throughout the exhibition, as far as that of their inspirers Basil Wolverton, Harvey Kurtzman and the authors of the American satire magazine MAD.

Earlier in timeline we then have Fleischer’s Studios cartoon style (Betty Boop, Popeye), which suggested an aesthetics among pop iconography, scary themes and surreal scenarios that we find in several works of these artists.

But actually the exhibition doesn’t neglet neither the influence of more recent comic artists such as Jamie Hewlett, Tank Girl’s and Gorillaz’ dad, Daniel Clowes, Italians like Andrea Pazienza and Bad Trip, nor authors like Dave Cooper and Jim Woodring, who then ended up in painting as well.

The aim of the whole Festival is also that of setting these artistic currents free from aesthetic generalization.

Urban Superstar Show Festival wants to clarify the origins and the stylistic divisions, thus the currents of this Underground or Lowbrow Art, or this “low profile” Art that, as it’s analysed in Vecchiato’s writing, is actually the only one able to tell with extreme clearness about the juxtapposition between fiction and reality in which Western Countries are lately living.

A series of references that goes from stylization ability of ancient eastern art to transalpine Renaissance of Bosch and Bruegel, from Warhol’s and Niki De Saint Phalle’s Pop Art to Haring’s necessary synthesis, up to Writing, lead us to a pathway among the artworks which shows where those different styles and trends of this new international Contemporary Art come from.

First exhibition concept is to give a panoramical view over these artistic currents. The following exhibitions then bring into focus each single direction, in order to let people widely understand and have a critical idea of this new Contemporary Art.

Considering that this artists wave owe much to the web, and that is through the web that it has been contaminated and could grow fast without territorial boundaries, it’ll be by means of the blog-in-progress of the Urban Superstar Show Festival artists, www.urbansuperstar.com


Amy Sol, Anthony Ausgang, Alberto Corradi, AlePOP, Alessandro Rak, Prof. Bad Trip, (Gianluca Lerici), Basil Wolverton, Bigfoot, Blu, Boris Hoppek, Brendan Danielsson, Buff Monster, Camilla D’Errico, Camilla Falsini, Catalina Estrada, Cesko, Charles Burns, Ciou, Daniel Clowes, Dave Cooper, Dave McKean, DEM, Diavù (David Vecchiato), Fidia, Francesca Ghermandi, Gary Baseman, Gary Taxali, Gianluca Costantini, Gilbert Shelton, Gio Pistone, Glenn Barr, Hitnes, Ian Stevenson, Jamie Hewlett, Jeremy Fish, Jim Avignon, Joe Ledbetter, Jon Burgerman, Laurina Paperina, Licia Viero, Lina Hoven, Lisa Petrucci, Marco About, Massimo Giacon, Matti Hagelberg, Michael Sieben, Mike Davis, Mr. Wany, Paper Resistance, Paul Chatem, Ray Caesar, Robert Crumb, Scarful, Sergio Mora, Shag, Squaz, Tara McPherson, Tokidoki (Simone Legno), Victor Castillo, Zelda Bomba, Zoe Lacchei.


Urban Superstar Show 2010 presents:

Back from Black.

From bright Pop to dark Underground. And back.

Collective exhibition curated by David Vecchiato


From May, the 1st to June, the 14th, 2010



At MADRE, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina, Naples.

Via Luigi Settembrini 79, Napoli – tel. +39 0815624561


Urban Superstar Show:


ph.+39 0636005117




Ale Giorgini


Gianluca Costantini, Claudio Curcio, Laura Scarpa, Alessio Tabacchini, Luca Scornaienchi.


> FRIDAY, APRIL, the 30th

From 12 AM in Castel S.Elmo, at the XL room, next to the auditorium, the performance Urban Superstar VS COMICON will take place.

Urban Superstar Show guest artists will face Napoli COMICON Festival guest artists in a fight to the last brush on a panel more than 20 metres long.

The performance will keep on till Sunday, May, the 2nd.

> SATURDAY, MAY, the 1st

In the afternoon the Urban Superstar Video Show mini-review will be projected at the CartooNa room in Castel S. Elmo.

Scheduled cartoons by Jon Burgerman, Jim Avignon, Gary Baseman, Blu, Gianluca Costantini, Diavù, AlePOP, Ericailcane, Laurina Paperina, Sergio Mora, Joe Ledbetter, Squaz and many more.

> Back from Black vernissage at MADRE saturday, may, the 1st from 9 PM to 2 AM.

Artists live performances, among them:

Dj set by the german artist Jim Avignon (Neoangin)

and live set by the artists Jon Burgerman (UK) e Jim Avignon, who will present their music project Anxieteam.

During the opening night several artists involved in the Urban Superstar Show will be live performing at the Museum in order to present their side music projects, among them Massimo Giacon, Marco About and Diavù.


La Repubblica XL

MondoPOP, Roma



Associazione Mirada, Ravenna

Miomao Gallery

Mark Moore Gallery

* Mr.Pierluigi Feliciani, art collector and very good friend

Graphic artwork by AlePOP alepop.biz


New Brow: Contemporary Underground Art @ Urban Superstar festival!

Urban Superstar festival 2010 will host the projection of the amazing movie "New Brow: Contemporary Underground Art" by Tanem Davidson!

Gary Baseman for Coachella Festival!

If you are one of those lucky people which are attenting to the Coachella festival 2010, don't come back home without the special Gary Baseman new t-shirt.
And send one for us too, thanks. a M size :)


The amazing "geartworks" by Paul Chatem

Paul Chatem opening at the Shooting Gallery SF (2009)

New Buff Monster solo show @ Giant Robot NY !

Giant Robot is proud to host Adventures in Lollipopland, a show featuring new works by Buff Monster. In Adventures in Lollipopland, Buff Monster is celebrating "the duality of cute and ice-cream-inspired traditional imagery, along with heavy-metal-inspired darker imagery. Some pieces are cute and fun; others are darker and more Satanic." In contrast to his last show at GRNY, which featured kaiju-inspired characters along with a lot of writing in kanji, he considers this to be a neo traditional show. Pieces are slated to include 3 16" x 16" paintings, 30 10" x 10" wood panels, and some small, fun 7" x 7" pieces, as well as custom toys.

The show runs April 17, 2010 - May 19, 2010.
Reception: Saturday, April 17, 2010 at 6:30 -10p.m.

Giant Robot Store and Gallery

437 East 9th Street Between 1st Ave. & Ave. A,

in the East Village New York, New York 10009

(212) 674-GRNY (4769)


Sergio Mora "The year of the monkey exorcismo" video!


Welcome Francesca Ghermandi!

Francesca Ghermandi will take part ot the Urban Superstar Show 2010.
Francesca Ghermandi espone all'Urban Superstar Show 2010.

Francesca Ghermandi was born in Bologna in 1964, where she lives and works. Francesca begin her activity as comic artist and illustrator after have attended to a comic course by the Valvoline group and Andrea Pazienza. Her first strips appeared on Reporter, Il Manifesto, Frigidaire, Sortiez le Chienne, Echo de Savannes in France, El Vibora in Spain and La Dolce Vita. Then her work has been published by Cyborg, Comic Art, Il Grifo, Linus, Mano, Strapazin (Switzerland), Streepburger (Slovenia), Kitchen Sink Press, Rubber Blanket, Graphic Classic, Comic Journal (USA). With the Editor Phoenix she has published her last work Pastille, edited also with Editions du Seuil (Francia), Sinsentido (Spagna). Her art have been exhibited in Italy as abroad in several group shows. As illustrator she worked for a long time with italian and international advertising agencies (as Saatchi & Saatchi), with Swatch, Rai, 62° Biannual of Cinema of Venice. In her long career she won several national and international prizes.

Francesca Ghermandi è nata nel 1964 a Bologna, dove vive e lavora. Inizia la sua attività di fumettista e illustratrice dopo aver frequentato un corso di fumetti tenuto dal gruppo Valvoline e da Andrea Pazienza. Le sue prime storie a fumetti escono su Reporter, Il Manifesto, Frigidaire, Sortiez le Chienne, Echo de Savannes in Francia, El Vibora in Spagna e La Dolce Vita. In seguito, è pubblicata su Cyborg, Comic Art, Il Grifo, Linus, Mano, Strapazin (Svizzera), Streepburger (Slovenia), Kitchen Sink Press, Rubber Blanket, Graphic Classic, Comic Journal (USA). Con l’editore Phoenix ha pubblicato Helter Skelter, Rebo, Pastil, Pastil 2 (in Italia, pubblicato da Einaudi). Il terzo libro di Pastil esce presso Editions du Seuil (Francia), Sinsentido (Spagna). Per Fantagraphics Books (USA) escono Bang! e Grenuord. Per Ed. Riuniti ha illustrato testi di Rodari e Piumini. Come illustratrice ha collaborato con numerose case editrici e agenzie di pubblicità, italiane e straniere. Suoi lavori sono apparsi in mostre collettive e personali, in Italia e all’estero. Fra i numerosi premi assegnati: Lo Straniero, Miglior Autore Completo Lucca Comics, Jacovitti/Lisca di pesce Expocartoon. Nel 2005, ha realizzato la sigla animata per la 62° Biennale Cinema di Venezia.

Artwork Courtesy © Francesca Ghermandi

Welcome Matti Hagelberg!

Matti Hegelberg will take part ot the Urban Superstar Show 2010.
Matti Hagelberg espone all'Urban Superstar Show 2010.

Matti Hagelberg (1964, Finland) started his professional career in 1992 with an 8-page self-published mini comic "B.E.M. 1 Marsin Sankari (the hero of Mars"). The B.E.M. series has now reached #13 Kova Länsi, Kreegah Bundolo, Finland. In 2004 Mr Hagelberg finished the 200-page B.E.M.#12 the biography of the former Finnish president Urho Kekkonen. Mr Matti Hagelberg has been widely published in various anthologies all over Europe and in USA. He’s currently working on the third part of the trilogy begun by Holmenkollen and continued by Kekkonen and will come out in finnish year 2010. His works have been exhibited in various group exhibitions. Most recently in Nordiska Akvarellmuseet in Sweden and Cartoonmuseum in Basel, Switzerland. Apart from comics Mr Matti Hagelberg has written an libretto for an opera based on his comics in association with Karla Loppi, "Marsin mestarilaulajat (mastersingers of Mars, 2000)", composed by Kimmo Hakola. Since 1998 he’s been teaching comics in the University of Art and Design. Mr Matti Hagelberg lives and works in Helsinki.

Matti Hagelberg (Finlandia 1964) ha comminciato la sua carriera nel 1992 con il mini comic auto-prodotto di 8 pagine "B.E.M 1 Marsin Sankari (the hero of Mars)". La serie ha raggiunto il numero 13. Nel 2004 ha pubblicato l'albo di B.E.M numero 12 con la biografia del presidente finlandese Urho Kekkonen. Il lavoro di Matti Hagelberg è stato ampiamente pubblicato in varie antologie in tutta Europa e America. Attualmente è al lavoro sull'ultima parte della trilogia di cui la biografia di Kekkonen è parte, in uscita per la fine del 2010. Hagelberg ha esposto in diversi group show tra cui il Museo dell'Acquerello in Svezia e Museo del Cartoon a Basilea. Oltre ai comics, Matti Hagelberg ha recentemente pubblicato un libretto per Opera basato sui suoi fumetti scritto con Karla Loppi ""Marsin mestarilaulajat (mastersingers of Mars, 2000)", con musica composta da Kimmo Hakola. Dal 1998 insegna tecniche del fumetto presso l'Università di Arte e Design di Helsinki, dove vive.

Artwork Courtesy © Matti Hagelberg

Welcome Mr. Wany!

Mr. Wany will take part ot the Urban Superstar Show 2010.
Mr. Wany espone all'Urban Superstar Show 2010.

Andrea Sergio (Brindisi in 1978) at only 12 years is already known as Wany, with the pseudonym whose signature graffiti on the walls of his city. In 2000 he specializes with the utmost of the votes at the "International School of Comics "in Rome. In 1996 idea and realizes" Ill Fame "magazine which will become a cult culture HipHop . Art Director-with Dynit, one of the most important publishing houses of the Japanese cartoon and comic books, he works also as an illustrator for Japan. From this location and the reputation it follows that he was invited to numerous meetings also outside Italy in Croatia, Germany, England, Belgium, Holland, Spain, France, Bosnia, Switzerland, USA, painting together with representatives of major world Writing. Mr. Wany collaborated with Nike, Adidas, Coca Cola, D&G, Timberland, Wolkswagen, MTV, Mediaset, Avis, Toei Animation Japan, Reebok, Eastpack. He is invited to street art events all over the world and exhibited his art from Europe to Brazil.

Andrea Sergio (Brindisi 1978) a soli 12 anni è già noto come Wany, lo pseudonimo con cui firma i graffiti sui muri della sua città. È l'inizio di un lungo percorso artistico che sin da subito mette in risalto la sua originalità e innata capacità nel disegnare.Nel 2000 si specializza col massimo dei voti presso la “Scuola Internazionale di Comics" a Roma. Nel 1996 idea e realizza “Ill Fame" magazine che diventerà un cult nella cultura HipHop. vince importanti contest nazionali e fa da giudice a gare di Writing, Rap e Break dance. Tiene delle lezioni e stage sul Writing presso Università e scuole come riconoscimento dell’essere uno dei più prestigiosi rappresentanti di questa corrente. Nel 2000 collabora come Art-Director con la Dynit, una delle più importanti case editrici di cartoon e fumetti giapponesi, lavorando inoltre anche come illustratore anche per il Giappone. Da questo percorso e dalla notorietà ne consegue che viene invitato a numerosi meeting anche fuori dall’Italia in Croazia, Germania, Inghilterra, Belgio, Olanda, Spagna, Francia, Bosnia, Svizzera, U.S.A. , dipingendo insieme ai maggiori esponenti del Writing mondiale. Collabora con Nike, Adidas, Coca Cola, D&G, Timberland, Wolkswagen, Mtv, Mediaset, Avis, Toei Animation Japan, Reebok, Eastpack. Ha esposto in diverse eventi di street art in tutto il mondo, dall'Europa al Brasile.

Artwork Courtesy © Mr. Wany