Fausto Delle Chiaie on the road

Every day, Fausto Delle Chiaie exhibits his works along the streets of Rome.

He is a street artist, using both objects and words for his art. He is a true poet, using the term in its original sense, derived from the Greek verb ‘poiein’, meaning “to make”. He collects and works with all kinds of objects – stones, newspaper sheets, small toys, holy cards – adding to them the “chemical” reaction of short aphorisms, written in Italian and English on post-it notes that serve as explanatory scrolls. He then displays his creations along a surrounding wall – as he did for years in piazza Augusto Imperatore, in front of the Ara Pacis – and stops to look on, like part of his own creations.

Passerby’s linger, attracted by a cross made of coins bearing the words “In hoc signo vinces”, by the entangled wires and headphone sets described by the caption “Tour guide”, or by a page torn from Dante’s “Divine Comedy”, on which the silhouette of a bird, drawn in black marker, dominates the verses. The objects and words in Delle Chiaie’s works are like the flash of genius intuition, making us break out in laughter and dive into reflection. They are sparks of “arte povera”, glistening in the shadow of the Capitoline monuments.

It is nothing short of charming to stumble upon this open-air museum and his pleasant, brilliant creator, who in the past few years has acquired enough fame to showcase his works in more traditional places than the streets of Rome. You can still find him along those streets, every day until dusk, when he gathers everything he put on display in a shopping cart and heads back home.

December 11, 2013

Fausto Delle Chiaie on the road