Through captivating billboards and publishing by mainstream media, Andrea addresses current issues that become obsolete and forgotten within days, reflecting the ephemerality of media visibility.
Many of Andrea’s works stem from a deep dissatisfaction with the media monopolization by politics and the lack of visibility of the younger generation. This perception prompted him to seek an alternative voice, that of the artist, to express opinions on social and political issues. Salvini then becomes a Gilette testimonial, with an inverted razor that resemble a dictator’s mustache.
Initially focused on political themes, he soon abandoned this direction as politics itself was becoming parodic and meaningless. His work today is increasingly focused on the digital world, and Villa calls himself a cross-media artist because he exploits a variety of media, particularly digital media, to spread his artistic message, and addresses broader social issues, seeking to reflect on what is happening in the world. This shift in focus has led to works that address crucial international and social issues.
His anonymity is a choice, in part to represent screen-mediated society and to focus on his artistic message. However, his mask is also a form of protection, after some of his works have triggered threats and intimidation from extremist groups.
Andrea Villa (Turin, 199x) is a Turin-based artist known for Street Art 2.0. His creations have been exhibited worldwide and can be found in private and public collections, including the private collection of Greta Thumberg and the Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa. In addition, its provocative content has made the rounds of many national and international newspapers and news outlets, including Ansa, La Repubblica, Huffpost France, Forbes, Elle and Vice, to mention a few.