Giacomo Bufarini a.k.a. RUN is a London based Italian artist. Born in Ancona, Bufarini began painting abandoned walls in Bologna and Florence in the late 1990s under the pseudonym ‘RUN’. Working as RUN within the Italian underground scene, Bufarini and his fellow collaborators catalysed the European street art movement, effecting a renaissance of muralism. RUN became a street art legend as Bufarini proliferated his unique and highly recognisable style internationally and today his expansive public works can be found adorning street corners from China to Senegal.
Bufarini’s style reveals a level of detail and complexity rarely seen in street art today, evidenced through vivid renderings of interlocking hands and faces in bright, arresting colours. Inspired by his travels around the world, Bufarini is interested in anthropology and the human form, integrating images and symbols from different cultures into his work. Based in London since 2007, he now balances his street art with his studio practice, showing a more detailed, complex and subtle side to his work.
His studio practice sees him working in a range of mediums and techniques, including wooden sculptural forms, printing, etching, drawing and monotyping on wood, canvas and paper. His illustrative style depicts a world of fantastical characters and settings from which his large scale street works derive. Part of an ongoing story, these characters travel the world on semi-autobiographical journeys through deserts, islands and mountains, meeting and interacting with fairytale and mythical creatures. His highly imaginative and often surreal scenes tell a wordless story. Bufarini plays with levels of reality and metaphor, creating a dreamscape that appears at once fantastical and very real.
In November 2014 Bufarini’s staged an exhibition enititled Parabola Di Gat Howard Griffin Gallery London.
Bufarini’s Los Angeles exhibition at Howard Griffin Gallery entitled Man Is Godopened in September 2015 and will be running until December 2015.