Federico Clapis (born on 4th April 1987 in Milan) is a visual Italian artist. In 2010, he began an inner journey to explore the most intimate conditions of the human soul, living in an ashram in India and continuing his research in the West through various existential paths.
For years, Clapis worked “undercover” producing viral videos on social networks and accumulating millions of followers and views. In 2015, at the height of his popularity, he decided to move away from pure entertainment and converted his online presence into a tool for the dissemination of his artistic works previously kept hidden. Clapis lives his art as a materialization of his experiences, and as a medium of introspection to share with his community. Technology, a recurring theme in his most famous artworks, is a metaphor for the contemporary to explore our timeless emotional states.
In 2021 he took his first steps into the world of cryptoart, where his knowledge of the digital medium allowed him to quickly position himself among the world’s leading artists in this new and radical form of art. NFTs, sculptures, installations and video art become vehicles of a more profound adventure, to discover the shared interiority between the artist and the observer.
EXHIBITIONS AND AWARDS
Vision from Remebered Future, Superrare Gallery, Soho NYC (2022), Metavanity, Vanityfair Metaverse opening – Venice Biennale, Venice (2022), Decentral art Pavillon, Giustinian Lolin Palace – Venice Biennale, Venice (2022), Moco Amsterdam, Physical and Nft works exhibit, Amsterdam (2022), Gae Aulenti Square by Art Innovation Gallery – Milan Art Week, Milano (2022), Christie’s The Gateway, SuperRare AR in Art Basel Miami (2021), Moco Museum Amsterdam (2021), NFTs on the Shibuya Station led walls, Tokyo (2021), Wrong Theory curated by Dart, Permanente Museum, Milan (2021), The Future is Unwritten curated by Ivan Quaroni & Linda Tommasi, Lugano (2021), Moco Museum Barcelona (2021), Dreamverse, the Crypto Art Fair, New York (2021), Crypto Art Fair in Time Square, New York (2021), The Crypt Gallery Opening, Los Angeles (2021), Ars Memoriae curated by Zerial Art Project, Palazzo Branciforte, Palermo (2021) Unrealism, SuperRare exhibition (2021), Clapis Retrospective curated by Serena Tabacchi with MOCDA Museum (2021), Solo Show at Bianchizardin curated by Marco Tagliafierro, Milan (2021), Contact Zone Exhibition, Exma Cagliari (2021), Neo Shibuya project at Shibuya station, Tokyo (2020); Deepscrolling, Triennale di Milano (2020); Shades of Black, Storpunkt, Munich (2019); Umano & Disumano, curated by Maria Luisa Trevisan, Art Factory, Venice (2019); Crypto Connection, Observation Point Square, London (2018); City of God, WordSaveWord, Rio de Janeiro (2017); Nati in cattività, Fondazione Maimeri, Milano (2015), winner of the Pitagora Art Prize, Pitagora Museum, Crotone (2015); Vernon Gallery, Munich (2015).