LSD Magazine interviews Diego Miedo

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: Issue Seven – Made in Space
May 9th 2011


Bizarre floating giants, a wonderfully childlike menagerie of mildly marauding menace, an array of disembodied cyclopes, and a bulging nod to the innocence of a comic book reality all gel together beautifully on the scarred streets of Napoli in the work of the irreverent Diego Miedo. Bold, outrageous spins on urban fairy tales nestle incongruously into the ancient, medieval winding city as his weird collection of mutant beings stomp through the filters of sanity and light up public spaces, eyes and smiles alike. We checked in with Diego for a quick word

Italy has always had a rich street art history but what was your initial inspiration for creating art on the streets?

The graffiti before and the mural painting after.

How long have you been painting?

On the wall for ten years. On the paper since I was born

Are there many graffiti influences from the 1980s in your city or did artists just make it up as they went along?

Graffiti in my town have begun to see the early 90.Today there are many young people in this current.The old writers does not know what happened to because I have never frequented a lot.

We noticed you adapt to different styles, on one hand it could be the hardness of law enforcement while on another your work is very gentle. What style best portrays  Diego?

Each design is in relation to the wall and the building on which it intends to intervene.then the day you can do many things at night.

Was it a conscious decision to paint large pieces?

Yes!I like the effect they do when you see them from afar.

How do you go about choosing locations for your pieces?

Watching a lot when you walk down the street.

Is law enforcement an issue for artists in your city?

They always are, in every town

Is there much rivalry between artists in your city?

I know a few artists who do what I do, and there is no rivalry.

Do you paint with other artists much?

When I can.

Why do you think street art graffiti is so important to a city?

Because it can be used to send messages and to show people that things would never be, to awaken the minds…

The streets in many towns are built according to tradition, how does the public respond to seeing art on the walls?

Depends on peoples. There are those who are interested and those who hate us. Our art is a little invasive….

What inspires the designs for your characters?

The peoples, the comic, the movies, the joint and the travel…

Do you exhibit in galleries?

I’ve already done, but with things that would never do on the street.I think we must separate the two things.The mural painting can not be trapped in a gallery.

How often do you paint abroad and how does it compare to painting in Italy?

I painted in various cities of Europe. Places like Berlin can give you many options because there is more visibility, we passed so many people.but I see them too cold. While working in places such as Lisbon is certainly less visible, but they give you an incredible energy. Inspiration is more…

Have you been to London and should we expect to see you sometime soon?

I’ve never been there, maybe one day ….

What will you be doing more of in the future?

I will continue to paint in the street and making comics.

Anything else you’d like to add for LSD readers?

Go to my flickr to see more jobs and buying our monthly magazine.  Bye, bye