About Peeta

In my work, I endeavour to realize the sculptural quality of individual letters, namely the ones that spell out my own moniker Peeta. I break them from their generic typographical form, stylizing them with shape and volume beyond its mere semantic function. Thus my own lettering is brought into the fluidity of the urban, where words are continuously ruptured from their own histories, readapted into idiom and gestures learned off the street. The final result derived from the fusion between traditional lettering and three dimensional style has given life to a unique kind of visual rhythm, created by the intersecting lines between sections of conic, cylindrical and twisting surfaces. The role of sculpture comes to be essential for this purpose. It represents for me a direct contact with three-dimensionality in order to understand the rules of light and shadows and to reproduce them.

Despite the depth of research into technical and formal perfection, the materialness of three-dimensional painting hides a deeply spiritual side. Shades of colour and perceptive tricks are essentially the means to a progressive disclosure of my own personality. They are an implicit intermediary of a precise message — of my will to understand myself and subsequently to describe my ego. The choice to represent and reiterate my own name is already an attempt to paint a self-portrait. My works are aimed at revealing the deceptiveness of human perception, the fallacy of narrow and fixed points of view through visual tricks which, proceeding from the attempt to confer a three-dimensional semblance on a pictorial representation, ultimately reveal their will to deceive.

Peeta, also known as Manuel Di Rita, is a graffiti artist since 1993 currently living in Venice. He is a member of the EAD crew (Padova, Italy), FX and RWK crews (New York City) and has participated in graffiti jams and Meeting of Styles events in Europe and the Americas. His work explores the potential of sculptural lettering, both in painting and in sculpture.




Chronology

2000

EAD crew member.




2001

Sculpture for Susan Farrell (artcrimes).




2002

FX crew member (New York).

Birth of: www.peeta.net.

Meeting of Styles tour:
-Antwerp, Belgium.
-Amsterdam, Netherlands.

August - 360 graffiti jam Sarbrueken, Germany.

August - graffiti jam Bremen, Germany.




2003

Interview for WS&TR (Italian version only)

Meeting of Styles tour:
Antwerp, Belgium.
-Pori, Finland
-Zagreb, Croatia
-Winterthur, Switzerland
-Wiesbaden, Germany
-New York, USA.

October - Graffiti jam Mexico City, Mexico DF.




2004

Meeting of Styles tour:
-Zagreb, Croatia
-Wiesbaden, Germany
-Mainz, Germany.

July - Cosmopolite festival Paris, France.

July - Urban Dream Charleroi, Belgium.

September - Hi-Fight Rome, Italy.




2005

Meeting of Styles tour:
-Zagreb, Croatia
-Wiesbaden, Germany
-Padova, Italy.

Publication: Groove, L'arte prende forma, article on sculpture.

May - jury for a graffiti contest in Catania, Italy.

June - Nd2nd graffiti jam, Nessebar, Bulgaria.




2006

Interview for Fatbombers.com (English and Italian version).

Meeting of Styles tour:
-Wiesbaden, Germany
-New York, Usa
-Chicago, Usa
-San Francisco, Usa
-Mexico City, Mexico DF
-Padova, Italy
-Varna, Bulgaria.

August - Balcan Express graffiti jam & exhibition Sarajevo, Bosnia.

November - Street art energy: Peeta & Totem exhibition, Tessaloniki, Greece.




2007

July - Meeting of Styles Padova, Italy.

May - Spray art convention and exhibition Pontedera, Italy.

September - Canvases exhibition at Megastore Gallery, The Hague, Netherlands.

October - Photo and canvases exhibition at Magazzini del Sale, Venice, Italy.

Dicember - Workshop with Loomit for young graffiti writers in Bogotà, Colombia.




2008

February- Article for Format Magazine (English version only).

February/ March - Guilty at the Dock , sculptures exhibition at Magazzini del Sale, Venice, Italy.

April - Peeta at Salone del mobile di Milano (international forniture fair, Milan), stand graphics for Casamania.

June - Canvases exhibit at Edgeart Gallery, Manchester, UK.

June - Pubblication on Graffiti Writing, book by Alessandro Mininno, Mondadori arte.

June - Cover for Abitare, issue 483 - interior design, architechture and art magazine. Made by Salottobuono.

June 28th-29th - One Mile Graffiti, writing contest, Vicenza, Italy.

August 1st - AKA Graffiti - sculptures and bikes exhibition at FIVEtenStudio art and forniture Gallery - Oakland, California, USA.

August 8th-9th-10th - Meeting of Styles, Mestre, Italy.

September 5th-6th-7th - Infart Collective art exhibition - Street wall painting and indoor exhibition at Civic Museum, Bassano del Grappa, Italy.

September 24th - Interview for koikoikoi.com (Italian version only) .

October 12th - Interview for DIaBEtic DEW555 blog (English version only).

October 19th - Masterplan Jam - Brescia, Italy.




2009

October 10th - Post - Collective exhibition, Scorzè, Italy.

October 30th - Sparkle and Fade solo exhibition at PrettyPortal Gallery, Düsseldorf, Germany

December 17th - Urban Painting XMAS Show, Milan, Italy.




2010

Graffiti Playground show and Auction, Marseille, France.

From January 8th to February 8th and from April 21st to May 15th- Merge - Collective exhibit at Ayden Gallery, Vancouver BC, Canada.

February 11th - March 13th - Void Of Hue exhibition at Baron Gallery
Gastown, Vancouver BC, Canada.

April 1st to May 30th - Group show at Backspace Gallery in Portland, Oregon, USA.

May 29th to July 24th - Contemporary art exhibition at Baron Gallery, Vancouver BC, Canada.

August 21st to September 18th - Peeta Solo Show at Da Bakery Gallery, New York, USA.




2011

December 17th 2010 to January 23rd 2011 - Peeta feat. Made514 show at Ayden Gallery, Vancouver BC, Canada.

February 14th to May 15th- Seven show at Ayden Gallery, Vancouver BC, Canada.

April 1st to April 30th- Never Say Die (RWK 10th anniversary) at Vincent Michael Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.

May 7th to May 29th- Seven dimensions - sculptures exhibition at Santa Maria delle Croci, Ravenna, Italy.

May 16th to May 22nd- live performances at Kosmos Kak..., Rizzordi Art Foundation loft, St. Petersbourg, Russia.

May 14th to June 4th - Peeta solo exhibition at Luxury Swapping, Treviso, Italy.

July 15th to August 5th - RWK show Too Busy To Die at Ayden Gallery, Vancouver, BC.

August 13th to August 16th - live performance at Kont, Tallin, Estonia.

September 9th to September 11th - Marbour Events show and auction at Marseille, France.

October 13th to October 16th - Moniker Art Fair London, UK.

October 14th to November 15th - Urbanize Me Padova, Italy.

October 28th to November 30th - Peeta Solo Show at Gallery H+ Lyon, France.

November 19th to December 28th - Ad Litteram Peeta and Joys show, Treviso, Italy.

Publication on Elrincondelasboquillas

Publication on Scope Magazine

Publication on Art Jar studios

Publication on Hyde magazine

Publication on Tinta magazine, pages 54-63

Publication on Where magazine, click here and here to download PDF pages

Publication on Live in Style magazine (Russian version only)

Publication on Sanktpeterburg Bezformata magazine (Russian version only)

Publication on Art In Heart (Russian version only)

Publication on Rizzordi Art Foundation website (Russian version only)




2012

April the 7th - Sticker Phiends / Printed Matters - Urban Art exhibit Portland (OR), USA.

April the 25th to April the 28th- Respirarte 300, Bologna, Italy

The 25th and 26th of May- 39 C graffiti jam, Bolzano, Italy

The 5th of May- Toolkit festival Peeta and Apparati Effimeri video mapping, Forte Marghera (VE), Italy

The 1st-2nd and 3rd of June- Elementi Sotterranei graffiti jam, Gemona, Italy

The 29th and 30th of June - Graffiti Spis 5 graffiti jam, Spišská Nová Ves (SK)

21st of July- 6th of Agoust 2012 at Beyond The City Walls contemporary art exhibition, Castello Orsini, Soriano del Cimino (VT)

1st of August- 30th of September Santorini Biennale of Arts 2012 , paper Art section. Central Pirgos Square 84700 Pirgos, Santorini (GR)

14th-28th of August Unnecessary Well Made , group show at Vue Privée 63, Spottiswoode Park Road, Singapore

24th-26th of August A Tribute to Meeting of Styles , graffiti exhibit at Schlachthof, Wiesbaden (DE)

1st-2nd of September Lobart Festival , graffiti jam at Naoussa (GR)

7th-8th of September Maribour Events , graffiti jam and auction in Marseille (FR)

29th of September Plakat , graffiti exhibit at Lokagije (BA)

4th-31st of October Art Around The Corner , Peeta and Veronica Green at Associazione culturale Imagoars ,Venezia (IT)

11th-14th of October Antaragni 2012 Festival at IIT Kanpur (IN)

26th of October-2nd of November Fuoriluogo graffiti exhibition at Limena (IT)

Publication on Artflow magazine

Publication on Neo Collective

Publication on Monokrome Book

Publication on Global Street Art

Art Around the Corner catalogue on Peeta and Veronica Green




2013

1st - 24th of March Nothing On The Walls Contemporary and Urban Art exhibit at Amsterdam (NL)

15th-17th of March Amazing Day graffiti exhibition in Milan (IT)

4th-6th of May Breakin' Convention international festival of hip hop dance, London (UK)

24th-27th of May Upfest international festival of Urban Art, Bristol (UK)

1st of June B2b to Biennale , collateral event to the 55th Biennale of Art of Venice, wall painting performance, Venice (IT)

12th-18th of June Art Meets Stucky wall painting performance, Basel (CH)

7th-8th of September Maribour Events , graffiti jam and auction in Marseille (FR)

1st-31st of October La Tour 13 project, Paris (FR)

20th-22nd of September Fountain Art Fair , contemporary art fair, Chicago (IL)

November the 2nd- December the 1st, Above The Radar III, urban art exhibition, Whashington DC

9th of November, Contraband, urban art exhibition, Los Angeles (CA)

6th of December- 30th of January, Peeta Solo Show, urban art exhibition, Warsaw (PL)




2014

11th of January - 1st of March White Out Peeta solo show at Maxwellcollette Gallery Chicago (IL)

1st of March Main Street Collective at Hausamann Gallery Cortina (IT)

6th-9th of March Scope Art fair New York (NY)

Publication on GraffSociety.com

Publication on OtiumCollective blog