Maurizio Cattelan - Pierpaolo Ferrari
Maurizio Cattelan was born in Padua in 1960. Italian artist of international fame, he is principally active between Milan and New York. Ever since his first exhibition in 1991, Cattelan has proved to be an extremely provocative artist: his works are in fact a mixture of sculptures, images and performance (provocative actions, theatrical interpretations, articles for papers). The role of mass media and of public opinion play a fundamental role in his works, which attempt to be a fusion of life and art, reality and fantasy. Some of his most irreverent and famed pieces are: Him, a statue portraying Hitler praying with his tear-filled eyes and L.O.V.E. (Freedom, Hate, Vengeance, Eternity in Italian), a monument that is placed in Piazza degli Affari in Milan in front of Stock Exchange building. The sculpture represents a hand doing a Roman salute, but all the fingers have been chopped off except for the middle finger. After collaborating with the magazines ‘Permanent Food’ with Manfrin and Gongalez-Foerster and ‘Charley’ with Gioni and Subtonick, he founded his photography magazine ‘Toilet Paper’ with photographer Pierpaolo Ferrari in 2010.
Pierpaolo Ferrari was born and raised in Milan, where his love of art and photography soon led him to enter the realm of advertising. In 1994, he specialises in advertising photography and works for different brands of worldwide repute: Nike, Audi, Mercedes, Campari, BMW, Sony, Heineken and MTV. Subsequently, his career ran alongside that of fashion and luxury: first he collaborates with the magazine ‘Le Dictateur’ with Federico Pepe, and after that he started working for ‘Vogue Men’. In the last few years, he has started collaborating with Maurizio Cattelan, with whom he has founded the ironic and provocative photography magazine ‘Toilet Paper’.
It is from the latter that the exclusive series of cutlery “SELETTI WEARS TOILETPAPER” originated, which was created through the collaboration with the famous brand from Mantua SELETTI.