Mario Loprete: Italian Artist Who Explores the World of Hip Hop

Works by contemporary Italian artists are no less impressive than those created by the masters of the past. They differ in style and approach to creating art, but they attract public attention in the same way that antique masterpieces did centuries ago. Investigating the fascinating Italian contemporary art is an exciting journey that will lead you to discover both your inner world and the world around you. In this blog post, we want to draw your attention to the work of one really talented Italian artist whose art is inspired by music and masterpieces of the past. Please meet the amazing painter and sculptor Mario Loprete!

Mario Loprete: Italian Artist Who Explores the World of Hip Hop

Mario Loprete was born in 1968 in Catanzaro, Italy. While he pursued formal art education from the Academy of Fine Arts in Catanzaro, he is more a self-taught artist who finds inspiration in studying art history and works by the Masters from the 19th and 20th centuries. This knowledge and his own life experiences Mario Loprete then transforms into beautiful art pieces that can capture your heart and imagination.

Throughout his artistic career, Mario Loprete has worked in many different media and techniques, but his true passion is painting. The artist is known for his amazing series of music-inspired works that explore the world of American Hip Hop. These works investigate and document different moments of the Hip Hop community, from skateboarding and breakdance to metropolitan art, showing Hip Hop as a philosophy and a way of life.

However, painting is not the only passion of Mario Loprete. The Italian artist is also a talented sculptor who has chosen concrete as the primary material for his works. Loprete’s “concrete sculptures” created using his own clothes, resin, applying plaster, and cement are somewhat urban artifacts that preserve the artist’s memories and experiences for years to come. You can learn about them more on the artist’s official Instagram page @marioloprete. Very recommended!

Originally published at on June 20, 2020.




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