Street art has the ability to create a portal within a city. Italian artist Francesco Camillo Giorgino, better known as Millo, covers massive, multi-story buildings with murals of stylized metropolises, occupied by characters that are larger than skyscrapers. These cartoon-like illustrations imbue façades and billboards with a sense of whimsy that is otherwise missing from urban centers.
Millo's distinct art stands out from the real setting it inhabits. He uses bold black lines and sparing color in his designs, creating compositions that look as though they emerged from a comic book. While the architecture in Millo's murals is typically rendered in black and white, he often chooses to fill parts of his characters with blue, red, or yellow shades. As a result, the figures become focal points in the paintings. He says: “I’ve always been into black-and-white, even if in the last few years, a lot of colors and shades started to appear in my artworks. Now, for example, I not only try to improve the quality of my artworks, but I love to hide little easter eggs in my murals.”
Merging nature with cities appears to be a common theme in Millo's murals. Many of his pieces feature some sort of environmental element, like a young girl with roses for hair, and a character who dances with a tree. Even those who are not interacting with nature are depicted in the midst of playful activities, such as flying on the back of a kite and riding a swing, which in turn, makes these murals a dreamy reprieve from real life.
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