Cristian “Joys” Bovo
Born in 1974, he lives and works in Padua. He began his artistic career in the nineties, like many writers he begins by writing his name on the wall and focuses his research on lettering, first as a need for existence then turning into a need for evolution; quickly, he expands his work enriching it with depth and materiality. His research goes beyond two dimensions and acquires over time a plasticity that appropriates the territory and the use of an involuntary and unaware public. Poised between undeground and institutional, Joys’s research has been recognized by art system experts as unprecedented and highly personal thanks also to his maniacal study of lettering: forms that over time are stratified and enriched with levels and lines with which Joys has built impossible labyrinths where nothing is left to chance and the shapes always obey precise logical and geometric rules.
For years Joys has also extended its language to sculpture, using different materials but always maintaining a unique style, the same style that for 20 years has made it unmistakable on walls all over the world.