Miami based Axel Void recently painted a big mural titled “1944” during the Italian StreetAlps Festival with a political theme as a homage to the partisans, who fought against Fascism and Nazi Germany in the Piedmont area.
“This mural is based on a detail from a portrait photo of the Italian Partisans in 1944. The partisans were a resisntance group to the Fascist Regime and the Nazi Militari Occupation. Pinerolo was crucial for the Partisans resistence, based on the Alps. In the mural we can see the portrait of Laura and Fiorenzo Blanc, siblings that took part in this resistance at an early age. Laura worked in an RIV Factory close to the location of this mural, that also produced bearings for the German army. In this same year she took part in an action to steal the money from the factory to finance the resistance.
It is now 70 years from the death of Fiorenzo, who died in the same location where this photo was taken.” – Axel Void
About the artist
Axel Void, whose biographical roots lie in Haiti, Miami and Andalusia, is part of a generation of young painters who derive their dynamics from graffiti culture and urban art. Touching upon these categories, Void pulls past them and opens up his concept of art to such an extent that his work be classified only with difficulty. He moves between murals, spray cans, installation, oil and acrylic paintings, audio and video recordings, and countless drawings, the mirror of his tireless labor urge. Uncomfortable, unpleasant, psychological, and social issues dominate Axel Void’s work. Yet these issues are again and again, broken by ironic statements, and often times, by the beauty he in even the most dire contexts of daily life.