I am a mixed media artist working to heighten public awareness by visually demonstrating cultural issues.
Carlo Sampietro is an Italian mixed media artist based in New York City. He enjoyed a successful career as an art and creative director at advertising agencies in London, Milan and New York before shifting focus to contemporary art. His work is primarily focused towards exploring social and cultural responsibilities that we face and create as urban citizens. His observations of landscape evolution, human preconceptions, use of natural resources, similarities and differences between societies, cultures, and cities are translated into multimedia and found-object installation art.
In 2010, he exhibited his first major series The Street is in The House, a body of work that transmutes elements of urban life into objets d’art, in a guerilla-style pop-up gallery on the Lower East Side. Sampietro harnessed objects that outlived their original uses, were discarded, reclaimed and renovated: traffic barrels became plush lounge chairs, a sewage tube was transformed into a modular couch on his piece Cloche Sofa. Police barricades were transformed into minimalist table legs; tabloid newspaper dispensers doubled as fully functional dishwashing machines, chilled wine storage units, elaborately staged dioramas and fish tanks. In these early works, Sampietro dismantled established value structures and elements of social control, communicating his ideas via a visual language based on high design, hybridity and humor.
In 2012, Sampietro created his first piece of experimental video art, Bunda Pandeiro, where he explored the rules of gender and race in the contemporary world.
In Brazilian slang, Bunda Pandeiro is used to describe attractive buttocks by referring to them as a tambourine. In this short film, each participant is transformed into a musical instrument. This “body concert” is a metaphorical representation of the “tambourine,“ which has no gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation but is defined simply from the sound that it makes.
Sampietro’s investigation into facets of the urban condition continued with PopDogs, an ongoing art installation/action first exhibited at Figment, NYC 2013. The work is a gargantuan edifice – a popcorn machine that spews plastic dogs at an alarming rate – a symbolic parallel to canine overpopulation in urban centers as the catastrophic result of human ignorance and the immutability of desire.
In 2014, he began work on Manhattan onimoD, an observation of a social aspect that is occurring in megalopolises around the word. Manhattan onimoD is a symbolic representation of the high-speed, perpetual evolution of a highly populated city, its growth, movement and explosive expansion. The frantic rhythm of emerging economies dictates urban landscapes, businesses and landmarks. Glass skyscrapers replacing historical housing, corporate franchises pushing out the old bodegas, stadiums doubling their seats but not the quality of the view.
Sampietro’s ability to reshape common objects into meaningful amalgams has quickly garnered him critical acclaim. Sampietro received first prize for his art design piece Cloche Sofa from the jury A’ Design Award 2013. His short Bunda Pandeiro won in the Experimental category in the Tirana International Film Festival 2013 and the Brooklyn Film Festival 2013. His piece Cloche chair, Premio Scultura Urbana won the Celeste Prize in 2012.
His work has appeared in exhibitions at the Berlin Short Film Festival, Figment (NYC), Dumbo Art festival, Galleria Rossana Orlandi (Milan), the Museum of Design (Como) Barcelona Contemporary Art Festival and Queens Museum of art. His work has been featured in The Financial Times, The Washington Post, El Pais, Corriere Della Sera, Public Art Review, among other publications.
My Latest Work
Space CoolerArt design
Police Table MasterpieceArt design
The street is in the House – Solo Show Ca’ D’oro New YorkEXHIBITIONS, Gallery
Street Scraper – Special guest Artist at Clio Art Fair 2018Art Fair, EXHIBITIONS
CLOCHE SOFA – Recycle 2017 BWAC BrooklynArt Fair, EXHIBITIONS
Street Scraper – Figment NYC 2015 newArt festival, EXHIBITIONS, Public space
WHEN AN OBJECT OF DESIRE BECOMES UNWANTEDadministration, Public space
Galleria Ca’ D’Oro New York, Solo exhibitionEXHIBITIONS, Gallery
POPDOGS, Clio Art Fairadministration
DROSTE EFFECT – CARLO SAMPIETRO. MEGALOPOLISBIBLIOGRAPHY, National
SCOPE – ART BASEL MIAMIArt Fair, EXHIBITIONS
ONIMODInstallation, Proposed project, Public space, WORKS
CORRIERE DI COMOBIBLIOGRAPHY
CLOCHE SOFA & MASTERPIECE COLLECTION DUMBO ART FESTIVALArt festival, EXHIBITIONS
CONCRETE MUSE, DUMBO ART FESTIVALArt festival, EXHIBITIONS
PRIVATE COLLECTOR IN MILANEXHIBITIONS
VILLA VIGONI “A SUSTAINABLE PRESENT FOR THE FUTURE”EXHIBITIONS, Public space
POPDOGS IN A 35 MILLION DOLLARS ART GALLER IN NEW YORKEXHIBITIONS, Gallery
CLIO ART FAIR NEW YORKArt Fair, EXHIBITIONS
aishti magazine issue-67Uncategorized
PUBLIC ART REVIEW N.49BIBLIOGRAPHY
Public Art Review – PopDogsUncategorized
This month cool your wine, light up your house, relax in your chair and watch the kids play with the new aquarium.Uncategorized
This month invite your Holiday guests to a dinner served on your limited edition NYC table.Uncategorized
CORREIO DO BRASILBIBLIOGRAPHY
FIGMENT NYC 2013Art festival, EXHIBITIONS, Public space
28TH BERLIN INT. SHORT FILM FESTIVALEXHIBITIONS, Film festival
A MAGAZINE 2013BIBLIOGRAPHY
ART OBSERVER 2013BIBLIOGRAPHY
THE BROOKLYN PAPER 2013BIBLIOGRAPHY
CLOCHE SOFA MASTERPIECEArt design, WORKS
JUNE 2012 – 3rdWARD NYCEXHIBITIONS, Public space
June 2012 – ONE ART SPACE NYCEXHIBITIONS, Gallery
WFUV-FM CARLO SAMPIETRO: THE ULTIMATE RECYCLERS.BIBLIOGRAPHY, National
APRIL 2012, THE SHOW ROOM IN ITALYEXHIBITIONS, Gallery
BUNDA PANDEIROVideo art, WORKS
DEC 2011 ART BASEL MIAMI – RED DOTArt Fair, EXHIBITIONS
FINANCIAL TIMES 2011BIBLIOGRAPHY
SETTE GREEN 2011BIBLIOGRAPHY
MODERN HOME HONK KONG 2011BIBLIOGRAPHY
ELLE DECO 2011BIBLIOGRAPHY
CORRIERE DELLA SERABIBLIOGRAPHY
INTERIOR DESIGN 2010BIBLIOGRAPHY
LA PROVINCIA 2010BIBLIOGRAPHY
THE WASHINGTON POSTBIBLIOGRAPHY
DESIGN BOOM 2010BIBLIOGRAPHY
STRAF HOTEL MILAN 2011EXHIBITIONS, Public space
CIRCOLO HIDDEN MILAN 2011EXHIBITIONS, Gallery
MISHA&NICOLE NYC 2011EXHIBITIONS, Public space
NHOW HOTEL MILAN 2011EXHIBITIONS, Public space
GALLERIA ROSSANA ORLANDI 2011EXHIBITIONS, Gallery
SALONE DEL MOBILE MILAN 2011EXHIBITIONS, Public space
BRYANT PARK 2010EXHIBITIONS, Public space
ICFF 2010EXHIBITIONS, Public space
RAW NYC 2010EXHIBITIONS, Gallery
ACQUEDUCTInstallation, Proposed project, Public space, WORKS
THE STREET IS IN THE HOUSEWORKS
TAXI TUNNELInstallation, Video art