Espinasse 31 Contemporary Art Gallery
The gallery has built a reputation for its dedication to artists and support of visionary artistic projects worldwide. It has expanded over the last years with new exhibition spaces in Milan, Madrid, Monte Carlo, and Miami.
In addition, the gallery is committed to an interdisciplinary approach with the aim of building a community based on intercultural dialogue around fashion, design, and any other artistic field,
encouraging collaboration and exchange of ideas among the local community and the artists represented.
Espinasse31 was born under the commitment to explore, produce and stimulate aesthetic and critical thinking, as well as under social commitment through public artistic intervention. Espinasse 31 brings art and culture closer to all kinds of audiences, making them aware of the different art forms, and supporting them as fundamental elements of cultural self-awareness.
Marcello Silvestre Everybody's got an armor
Flavio Rossi Testa tra le nuvole
About the Artist
Marcello Silvestre (b. 1977, Naples) is an Italian artist, designer, and architect. He obtained an architecture degree in 2004 and began his artistic career in 2015, reaching a consistent success in both areas. Silvestre has used his interdisciplinary knowledge and experience in order to pursue a holistic approach to his creative process as an artist. Since 2017, he collaborates with high fashion brands, such as Ermenegildo Zegna, in the design of pop-up stores and creative window displays (Zegna-Maserati pop-up store for Dubai Expo 2020; Bally pop-up store in Stockholm, 2021).
His sculptural collections explore themes such as the relationship between man and the soul, the concept of time, the oneiric world of modern urban landscapes, and human spirituality. The artist expresses such complex themes through his particular use of form, figure, and material. Marcello Silvestre’s sculptures begin their journey digitally and turn alive through 3d printing technology.
As an architect, Marcello Silvestre won the competition for the Italian Pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010, and for the extension of Liceo Farnesina in Rome. As an artist and designer, Silvestre won the “Targa d'Oro” at the Premio Arte 2018 which led him to exhibit his work “The invisible cities” at the Palazzo Reale of Milan.
Flavio Rossi (b. 1979) has a bachelor degree in Fine Arts from PUC-Campinas,Brazil. His father first encouraged him to start drawing. At the beginning of his career he was an illustrator, then moved onto painting and sculpture and other mediums. Flavio, figurative and pop artist, owes his inspiration to great masters such as Lucien Freud, Jue Min Jun and Francis Bacon. The artist managed to create a very personal artistic language through female and male nudes, running on a neutral background or an infinite sky, engaged in mysterious grimaces and emotional situations between drama and extreme joy. During his months at the Espinasse31 Artist Residency, Flavio has used large format canvases experimenting with resin and various materials found around the construction site of Espinasse31. Such experimentations gave life to original pop interpretations, a sort of Street Art “Dada” of doors, toilets, and other objects.
A testimony on Flavio Rossi's experience at our Artist Residency program: "While I was vacationing in Paris with my wife, Antonio Castiglioni invited me to the Espinasse31 Artist Residency in Milan and also to meet him at his place in Monaco to talk about the project. Arriving in Monaco we went to a solo Exhibition of Francis Bacon - one of my favourite artists, it was already a sign of great inspiration. I very much appreciated the idea of the residency and the opportunity of exchanging with Italian and other artists, which made me then redefine the course of the trip, heading almost immediately to Milan."