Francesco Vezzoli is an Italian artist who was born in 1971. He is known for his audacious works and performances, often featuring celebrities. Vezzoli is fascinated by cultural icons, celebrity culture and the hegemony of the mass media.
The artist’s work is a combination of artistic intelligence and popular culture. He has created a series of faux campaigns, such as the advertisements for a non-existent perfume entitled Greed, as well as a political campaign in the run-up to the 2008 US presidential elections.
The artist has said of his work: “I think our culture’s obsession with celebrities is evident, but few artists deal with this topic, because the moment you touch it you feel corrupted. You’re dealing with your own vanities, your own insecurities, your own desires to be close to celebrities, to know the secrets of their visibility […] These are the fascinations most people have, and art should look at them the way art looks at most phenomena.”
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