Turning reality upside down and creating works that run counter to preconceived ideas are part of Angelo Musco’s artistic strategies. Living structures (i.e.: nests, amniotic sacs, eggs) both literally and figuratively stir a depth of emotion closely related to Musco’s personal experience of a delayed and traumatic birth–one which left both physical and subconscious scars. The human body is the artist’s medium. He melds bodies like hundreds of brush strokes, creating large compositions that are re-workings of nature’s structures.
Born in Naples (Italy) in 1973, Musco’s studies alternated between the Academia Delle Belle Arti of Naples and the University of Fine Arts in Granada, Spain.
Musco visited New York City a few times for artistic research and moved to the U.S. December 8, 1997, which holds symbolic significance–on the Italian calendar it was the day of the Immaculate Conception.
Musco’s difficult birth, confinement, subterranean worlds, and natural architecture are recurring themes in his work. The human body progressively dominates his work, weaving and connecting masses of nudes to create constructions that are literal or symbolic representations of eggs, nests, amniotic liquid and other inspirations from the miracle of procreation. Musco’s investigation into the power of aggregations found in nature has fueled his most recent works. His visionary translation of such aggregation on a massive scale is not only visible in his work but is also palpable during his photo shoots.
Though currently based in New York, Angelo’s work has been executed state-side and internationally, staging his shoots from London, to Buenos Aires from the Red Woods CA to such exotic locations as Baku and Istanbul. His work, approaching epic proportions, has been displayed throughout the world, including Art Basel and the Venice Biennale.