GALLERY ETHER is excited to announce “DECADE: I was fine before you came.” an all new solo-exhibition from Tokyo-based multi disciplinary Italian artist Sante Visioni, to be held from Saturday, February 11th through Friday, March 3rd.

In “DECADE: I was fine before you came.” Sante Visioni reflects on his own personal experiences of the last ten years to explore the vast range of emotions and sensations experienced in modern romance, and the seemingly inevitable periods of disillusionment that punctuate those experiences. Revisiting the sorrows and disenchantments he first experienced as a young adult, he melds the DIY punk aesthetics of his early poster street art and the live painting projects produced during his time as a member of Italian punk band DPG with the vivid yet crude expressionist overtones of his current painting practice. The result is a series of works that scream out the feelings that would otherwise be kept inside. Like punk rock songs, the pieces are reduced to the bone, revealing the underlying discouragement and, most of all, anger that stems from the ‘back and forth’ process of self-discovery. By taking inspiration from and reinterpreting the punk days of his youth, which by definition can never be the same as they were, Sante Visioni is able to create a dialogue between the past and present that invites the viewer to consider if the passing of time can modify the perception of a feeling, or if anything has really changed at all.


Sante Visioni

Having graduated as an Industrial Engineer from the University of Florence (Italy), Sante Visioni's artistic exploration mainly focuses on the concept of 'balance'. By investigating the tension which can be created by opposite forces, he explores how such contrasts can be used to express our inner feelings. While keeping this at the core of his production, he aims at providing immersive experiences which go beyond the pure visual display, by letting both the audience and himself also engage with sound and other mediums. This exploration of interaction, which often enters into the scope of physical contact, had a fundamental inception in 2010, when he became a member of DPG, an Italian based electro-punk band, and started painting during live acts surrounded by the crowd. The spontaneity and immediacy of those moments are still a vivid part of his creative process.

Strongly believing in the power of mutual influence, even between fields usually disconnected, he pursues projects and collaborations with other artists, fostering the opportunity for the community to delve into hybrid outcomes. Besides his studio activity, he carries on live performances and street interventions, while also collaborating with established brands. 

Sante Visioni currently lives and works in Tokyo.