Italian Graffuturist Moneyless’ Spontaneous Alpha And Omega

Italian artist Moneyless has returned with Alpha And Omega a set of beautiful hand-pulled screen prints created right here in the 1xRUN Detroit studios. First joining us for a collaborative release for the 1xRUN x Graffuturism print series, Moneyless returns with Alpha And Omgea for his first full RUN with us, available in two contrasting colorways. Check out more info on the edition here and read on as Moneyless discusses his background as well as his latest Alpha and Omega…


1xRUN: Tell us a bit about this piece, was it part of a recent them of work, show or series of work you recently did? is the original still for sale?
Moneyless: These two screenprints are based on a wood piece from last year, I have re-designed it here to be printed easily. It is part of my past series of works, based on circle studies and his movement. Yes, the two original pieces are available here.

1x: When was this piece created and what materials were used?
Moneyless: The original pieces were painted last year in San Francisco, California on wood panel.

1x: Tell us how the idea and execution came about?
Moneyless: I always loved to play with causality and composition. This work is a perfect balance between this two elements. First I play with movement, tracking a random line over and over again till I find a good one, the spontaneity of this moment is everything for me. Then I add shapes and colours, always searching for the perfect dichotomy between the elements.

1x: How long did the piece take?
Moneyless: A couple of days.

1x: What is unique about this piece?
Moneyless: As I said before every piece is unique because you can’t replicate the same very moment of that particular creative process.

1x: Why should people buy these prints?
Moneyless: Because this will be the last edition I will ever print with this style.

1x: Describe these pieces in one gut reaction word.
Moneyless: Mystical.

1x: When did you first start making art?
Moneyless: My first love was with the graffiti world, I was attracted by letters and shapes. Then when I grew up, I started studying art history and I began to develop my street background looking at Italian masters from last century such as Veronesi, Avani, Munari and many more.

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1x: What was your first piece?
Moneyless: I think I can say the first very ugly tag I did when I was 15.

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1x: What artists inspired you early on?
Moneyless: As I said before Italian masters from 60s and 70s Giuseppe Uncini, Perilli, Fontana, Gruppo and futurists like Balla, Depero and Burri.

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1x: What artists inspire you now?
Moneyless: In addition to the old ones I mentioned, Sol Lewitt, Jean le Parc, Calder and some of my good friends as Guido Bisagni (108), Sten e Lex, Augustine Kofie and Remi Rough.kofie-moneyless-collaboration-1xrun-1xnews

1x: Do you listen to music while you work? If so what?
Moneyless: Of Course I do! I always listen to UK dub, roots and culture reggae music.

1x: If you could collaborate with any living artist who would it be and why? Any deceased artists?
Moneyless: I would say Eltono, because he has been one of the most inspirational artists for my artistic career, I followed his research and I find it simply but genial. For the latter, Sol Lewitt without any doubt. Because he was the boss of abstraction.

1x: What was the first piece of art that you bought? Do you still have it? The last?
Moneyless: As an artist I always love to do trades with my favorite artists, that most of the time happen to be my good friends. I think my first was with Escif, and of course I still have it hanging in my studio. The last one was with my fella Remi Rough, a beautiful little paper piece.

1xRUN: Where else can people find you?
Moneyless: Facebook @Teo Moneyless Pirisi –  Instagram @moneyless1980