Blu is an Italian street artist from Bologna, Italy. He started painting in a capital of Italy’s Emilia-Romagna Region and has been involved in street since 1999.
His work can be seen through the world and his style is easily recognizable. Blu’s pieces are known to be “epic scale murals.” Blu prefers to paint his works around the urban and industrial landscape. Like most street artists, Blu began painting graffiti with spray paint. He quickly gained recognition and fame by painting a graffiti series in the suburbs of Bologna. Over the next few years into the early 2000s, Blu’s graffiti style transformed thanks to his growing use of house paint.
He began to experiment with paint rollers and telescopic sticks. Not only was his graffiti art much larger, but his art conveyed a much more dramatic appearance. He quickly began to create huge human figures that were often sarcastic in appearance and resembled comic and video game art. Strongly influencing Blu’s early career were team efforts with other street artists like Dem, Sweza, Run, and Ericailcane. This camaraderie focused on establishing creative participation and helped lead to Blu’s experimentation with digital animation. He participated in many artistic endeavors with Ericailcane from 2003- 2006 which also helped him gain large recognition.
In 2005, Blu had the opportunity to travel to many destinations and was often invited to art festivals. At these festivals, he painted with other great artists from across the world, and even landed a spot in a festival called “Murales de Octubre” which was done in Managua, Nicaragua.