Cristian Grossi, 33 years old, was born and raised in Emilia. Designer and illustrator, he is also involved in advertising, fashion and communication. Versatile, he switches from one style to another with ease, combining traditional technique in his images and computer graphics: he starts with hand drawing, ink on paper, and processes it to get pure digital lines. He loves logical paradoxes and changing his point of view.
His images are inspired by the graphic works of Beardsley and Erté, liberty frescoes of Galileo Chini, minimalism and modernism, Bruno Munari and all those contemporary artists who apply to image the idea of icon, intuition: from figurative to the performance; to these artistic suggestions he combines memories and creative aspects from his childhood years. The result is an essential and uncertain trait, always in balance between kitsch and formal elegance.
In his spare time he makes handmade notebooks using all types of paper that he finds, or often sleeps, in-activity which gives good results: “just when I wake up, in a state of semi-unconsciousness, I usually have great ideas”. He stumbled upon this type of creative occupation by chance, despite describing himself as a rational person, even stiff at times. He studied a whole different subject. He knows little of fashion (all you need to do is see how he dresses, he says) but draws a lot and tries to figure out retrospectively how to apply his wo