Alice Pasquini: A Pioneer of Feminine Street Art
“Crossroads” offers an intimate glimpse into the life and artistry of Alice Pasquini, a trailblazing figure in the world of international street art. As the first anthology dedicated to her work, this book spans over 300 pages, featuring 200 captivating images and a selection of original extracts from her sketchbook. Through “Crossroads,” readers are invited to discover the compelling narrative and remarkable artwork of Alice Pasquini.
Alice, a prolific illustrator, creative designer, and painter, has been enriching cities with her unique artistic vision for over a decade. Her creations seamlessly integrate women and children into the urban landscape, becoming an integral part of the city’s fabric. Whether it’s large-scale pieces like the iconic wall at the Italian Museum in Melbourne or subtle cameos in cities like London and Marseille, Alice’s distinctive style leaves an indelible mark.
The striking images featured in “Crossroads” have been curated from the lenses of renowned photographers such as Martha Cooper and Ian Cox. This comprehensive collection is further enriched by a thought-provoking foreword from editor Paulo von Vacano, insightful texts by Jessica Stewart, and contributions from esteemed journalists, including Nicolas Ballario of Rolling Stones and Stephen Heyman of The New York Times. The anthology also includes article excerpts from prominent figures such as Steven P. Harrington and Jaime Rojo, co-founders of Brooklyn Street Art [BSA], Serena Dandini, DJ Gruff, and Chef Rubio.
“Crossroads” stands as a testament to Alice Pasquini’s influential contributions to the world of street art, offering readers an immersive journey through her distinctive and transformative creations.
“Drawing is my means of being a part of the world.” – Alice Pasquini
“A feminine perspective seen from a feminine eye. And art sits back and watches. For this reason, Alice continues to paint, to climb up the highest walls or to remain with her head bowed in the pages of her inseparable sketchbook, because “she knew she had but to open [her eyes] again, and all would change to the dull reality of adults” as was written in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.” – Paulo von Vacano, Looking Through a Different Lens
“Defiant and no-holds-barred. From the moment I met Alice, these were characteristics that shone through. Our first encounter was emblematic of what was to become a friendship, then a working relationship, but always a sisterhood.” – Jessica Stewart, A Kind of Sisterhood
“I am interested in investigating human emotions through my own emotions. There is always a subconscious autobiographical motivation behind the choice of a particular subject or story.” – Alice Pasquini
“I paint in the locations where I have lived through a story to share with the city and its people, depicting intimate stories in a public space.” – Alice Pasquini
“Bittersweet, gifted beyond belief, and with a work etiquette that has no off button; these are the characteristics that distinguish Alice and make her a cut above the rest.” – Jessica Stewart
A glimpse into the life of Alice Pasquini
Alice Pasquini’s artistry extends far beyond urban surfaces and walls, making its way into galleries and museums in over one hundred cities worldwide.
Alice, a versatile artist hailing from Rome, seamlessly blends the realms of street art and painting. Her creative journey has explored various themes, from celebrating feminine vitality to pushing the boundaries of three-dimensional art. She transitions from urban explorations to creating installations using found materials, constantly pushing the boundaries of her craft.
Alice travels continuously and her preferred canvases are city walls. Her artistic footprint can be found in cities such as Sydney, New York, Barcelona, Oslo, Moscow, Paris, Copenhagen, Marrakech, Berlin, Saigon, Buenos Aires, Singapore, London, and her hometown of Rome.
Alice’s artistic journey began at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, and she has since lived and worked in Great Britain, France, and Spain. While in Madrid, she honed her skills in animation at the Ars animación school and earned an MA in critical art studies from the Universidad Computense in 2004.
Throughout her career, Alice has undertaken diverse projects, including designing ‘libretti’ (booklets) for the 2019/2020 season at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna in 2018. In 2015, she collaborated on the 3D project “Under Layers” in Ostia with the Tourism and Culture Assessor and the Legality and Coastline Assessor of Rome. In 2013, she created a series of works for the Capitoline Museums in Rome, displayed in Piazza Campidoglio, as well as a panel for the Pinacoteca Comunale d’Arte Contemporanea in Gaeta, Italy.
Her artwork has been showcased in prestigious institutions, including the Museo Italiano in Melbourne (2017), Saatchi Gallery in London (2016), MACRO Contemporary Art Museum in Rome (2014), the Tri-Mission Art Gallery at the American Embassy in Rome (2013), the Galleria d’Arte Provinciale Santa Chiara, National Gallery Cosenza (2013), Casa dell’Architettura in Rome (2013), Palazzo Candiotti in Foligno (2012) , Espace Pierre Cardin in Paris (2012) and at Mutuo Centro de Arte in Barcellona (2012), amongst others.
Alice has also engaged in projects with international clients like Canada Goose, Canon, Nike, Range Rover, Toyota, and Microsoft, and she illustrated the graphic novel “Vertigine” (Rizzoli, 2011).
Her work and her journey have been featured in publications such as the New York Times International, The Wall Street Journal, l’Espresso, Panorama, Vanity, and numerous other international magazines. In recognition of her contributions, she was included in the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2016.
Alice has been an educator too, conducting workshops at the Hangar Bicocca in Milan in 2016 and collaborating with FIPAV and ATAC to rejuvenate Rome’s Stazione Due Ponti. She has also partnered with the Italian Cultural Institute in Singapore (2013), Uruguay (2015), and São Paulo (2019). In 2016, she left her mark on the facade of the Museo Italiano in Melbourne, where she also held a solo exhibition.