They work together since 1996. They both frequented the art school in Lugano (CH) and the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera in Milano, Italy, graduating in 2005. Since the beginning, they started working on many media, but focusing on murals in a different way besides the usual 90’s concept of graffiti. Actually, NEVERCREW works both with two-dimensional and tridimensional, realizing paintings, sculptures, and installations. Follow NEVERCREW on Instagram.
Swiss street artists Pablo Togni and Christian Rebecchi aka NEVERCREW (featured on our blog)
is well known for their giant, playful murals exploring the
relationship between man and nature. Most depict realistic-looking
animals, lots of whales, polar bears, and giant squids, which become
figments of fantasy when painted on real world structures. The duo has
been painting nonstop this year, and recently took a moment to send us
photos from their busy summer traveling around the world.
They work together since 1996. They both frequented the art school in Lugano (CH) and the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera in Milano (I), graduating in 2005. Since the beginning, they started working on many media, but focusing on murals in a different way besides the usual 90’s concept of graffiti. Actually, NEVERCREW works both with two-dimensional and tridimensional, realizing paintings, sculptures, and installations. The main part of their process turns around their “living structures”, mechanisms (intended in their purely mechanical or more figurative sense) that they consider as models of living systems and that are based on the idea of section, composition, communication and relationship between parts. This path led NEVERCREW to develop their current approach and to create artworks in many cities of the world
The big microphone is recording every little noise: someone is bathing in the pool-room while the old ruins are laying down on the pool bottom close to more recent memories; an alternative energy is giving life to something or to everything and monkeys are evolving in a musical way, wasting pink paint that someone would like to reuse; air conditioned is blowing and tulips are falling on the ceiling; a guitar is playing itself somewhere trying not to disturb an invisible reader in the books room; the engine is switched on, waiting to drive away in the World and a slight vibration of impatience shakes the glass of the bottles; the old carousel seems to move because of a strange rusty crackling, but it’s probably an hallucination, and the actress will be finally back, after the tea will be ready and not too hot. The astronaut, the explorer, will bring at home and share the recording, as unique image of his discover.
Mixed media illustration, made with pencils, markers, collage, digital painting, 2011. Used for the musical album “Quattordici” by Area 14.
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Now available from PangeaSeed is the latest print of the ongoing “Sea of Change: The Year of Living Dangerously - Vol. 2 Print Suite” by Nevercrew. The highlighted species of this edition is the beluga whale.
Nevercrew said about their piece for the suite, “the relationship between mankind and nature is obviously constant, and so are its effects in both directions. Sometimes these effects are clearly recognizable, sometimes are hidden, and sometimes are just not seen.The Beluga whale, because of its small size and its habits, has always been in direct relationship with humans, being subjected to hunting and being the first cetacean to be exploited alive in aquariums and zoos.
“Moreover, the animal is very affected by water pollution and the effects of the warming climate. For all these reasons and following the idea of constant communication between mankind and nature, it could be seen as a living litmus paper. Another natural indicator from which to understand how the environmental balance is affected by human impact.”
Swiss artists Pablo Togni and Christian Rebecchi join forces for a variety of interdisciplinary art projects as NEVERCREW. The duo is known for their large scaled murals and public art initiatives that share common grounds with not only graffiti, but illustration and graphic design as well. Their integrative style explores the relationship between public space, the artwork and the viewer — the strong interaction among the elements creates a balanced whole.
Most of their work showcases a set of realistic looking animals and human forms that interact within a geometric, gridded world. The pieces often blend with everyday scenery of wherever their work is located, making an extraordinary mesh of the real and the surreal and putting the viewer in perspective as they interact and think about the work in relation to its placement. One of their latest public works appears in the playground walls of an elementary school in Lugano, Switzerland. The massive mural fools the eye as it gives a sense of depth to a flat surface. Within it, we find a playful, cartoonish bunny in front of what seems to be shelves of toys; adjacent to it, we find another smaller mural that features an astronaut overlooking the playground — the reflection of the physical space shows on the astronaut’s visor.
NEVERCREW began working together in 1996 and since then have combined their mutual passions and personalities to create pieces of public artwork that harvests public memory and becomes embedded in the day-to-day visual language of a specific space and culture. “Everything is connected together”, the duo says. “It is merged in living compositions that change just because they live, evolving in time and space.”
Two Switzerland-based street artists who call themselves NEVERCREW make humanity’s fraught relationship with nature impossible for urbanites to ignore.
Christian Rebecchi and Pablo Togni have been working together since meeting 20 years ago at the Liceo Artistico C.S.I.A., an art school in Lugano, Switzerland. And they’ve clearly hit their stride. NEVERCREW has introduced its skillfully executed and unique pieces, like oil-dipped polar bears and commodified whales, to walls in cities around the world, including New Delhi; Belgrade, Serbia; Munich; Hamburg, Germany; Manchester, England; and Rochester, New York. The artists recently completed their latest paintings, a two-part series of a bear and a whale trapped inside a plastic bottle, for the Vancouver Mural Festival and Denmark’s WE AArt Festival.
The duo’s recent large-scale murals feature stunningly realistic mash-ups between wildlife and industrial objects. The combination forces viewers to confront themes like climate change, pollution, and the exploitation of natural resources—systems in which we all participate, however unwittingly.
Some of it:
“Black machine,” Teatro Colosseo, Torino, Italy, 2015
“Exhausting machine” Our latest painting realized in Vancouver (CA)
“Interpretive Machine n.1” Realized for the Urban Art Festival of Winterthur, Switzerland.
“Ordering machine” Mural painting realized a few days ago in Grenoble (FR)