The Italian street artist Millo recently finished two large-scale murals in Shanghai, China for the MurMur Project, curated by Cao Bin. Entitled “Twist Of Fate” & “Sound Of You”, his signature imagery using simple black and white lines and minimal color are now stunning illustrations that express the inner thoughts and habits within the massive fast-paced city.
Millo created both murals using his monochromatic style to capture urban life juxtaposed with splashes of color that gives a childlike innocence to his work. With Shanghai being fast-paced and overwhelming in size, he’s added a tender touch to a city that can sometimes be a bit daunting.
“Twist of Fate”, Asia’s biggest mural to date, depicts two children playing together along the side of a huge building, The boy and girl are intrigued by a little red dragon curled up on a lily pad . So much, the girl is sitting on the boys shoulders to get a closer look. It’s a wonderful illustration highlighting the importance of curiosity as a key behaviour that allows us to uncover new possibilities and paths that bring amazing discoveries, unimagined before.
Millo’s other mural, “Sound of You” covers the sidewall of a six story building and portrays a young woman playing a tree as if it was a cello. The transparent image expresses the desire we have to find a way to listen to what’s within us, our nature and soul. In a frenetic world, we often forget to attend to our inner self. The artist activates this feeling with a wonderful composition of red leaves that adds a certain nostalgia to the scene.
Italian artist Francesco Camillo Giorgino, known as Millo, paints large-scale murals that feature friendly inhabitants exploring their urban setting. He uses simple black and white lines with dashes of color when necessary, and often incorporates elements of architecture into his multi-story paintings. He’s participated in street- art festivals and the NGO art event all over the world, and painted throughout cities in the USA, Russia, China, Australia, Thailand, Argentina, Chile, Morocco, Spain, Portugal, Uk, Netherland, Poland, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine and of course Italy.
His works have been exhibited in Los Angeles, Chicago, Berlin, London, Amsterdam, Milan, Rome and Florence, among others. In 2014 he won the B.Art competition that enabled him to paint 13 multi-story murals in the city of Turin (IT).