Artist of the Day #65: Alice Pasquini

Graffiti can be aggressive, it can be daring, it can be gritty, but most people wouldn’t say it can be sensitive and even comforting. Well that is the unique little niche that Italian street artists Alice Pasquini is working to fill. She is working on the same canvas as other street artists, but her subject matter and themes tend to be very different than most. She is often depicting couples in loving repose, children at play, or any individuals in a tranquil state. Where other street artists might aim to be shockingly controversial, Pasquini can be shockingly warm and relatable. Her style looks like panels taken directly out of a comic book, and with that sense, I feel looking at her work has you building plots and dialogue around the characters she depicts. She also tends to work with a similar color palette in all of her work that helps to create a sense of connectivity where you can see all of her subjects living in the same parallel universe as each other.

Alice Pasquini lives in Rome and has been spreading her work all over Europe and slowly the world. She has gotten the most attention for her street art, but has also done a lot of work as an illustrator, including work on a graphic novel called Vertigine ed Rizzoli. In her own words “I create art about people and their relationships, I’m interested in representing human feelings and exploring different points of view. I especially like to depict strong and independent women.” One thing I find interesting about her work is Alice seems to work in broad daylight and get no harassment from police or the public. I don’t know if this is because her work is so welcoming, or just that Europe has different views on graffiti altogether. Whatever it is, it seems to work, and we need more of it in the world. To quote another street artist, Mr. Keith Haring, “The public needs art, and it is the responsibility of a ’self-proclaimed artist’ to realize the public needs art, and not to make bourgeois art for the few and ignore the masses.” So much thanks to Alice Pasquini and her fulfillment of this basic calling.