Peeta, the Street Artist Who Creates 3D Optical Illusions ⇒ In his pictorial, sculptural and mural compositions, the geometrical shapes act as they interact with the surrounding environment. In particular, when painting on walls, Peeta’s aim is always to create a dialogue with the structural and cultural parameters of the surrounding context, either architectural or not.
Progressively, the fusion between traditional lettering and three-dimensional style has given life to a unique kind of visual rhythm. Today, through his anamorphic works Peeta redesign the volumes of any kind of surface involved, thus causing with his paintings a “temporary interruption of normality” by altering the perception of familiar contexts and so raising a different understanding of spaces and, consequently, of reality on a whole.
Anamorphism totally embodies the intent, always pivotal in his production, to reveal the deceptiveness of human perception, the fallacy of narrow and fixed points of view through visual tricks which, proceeding from the attempt to confer a three-dimensional semblance on a pictorial representation, ultimately reveal their will to deceive.
Peeta, also known as Manuel Di Rita, is a graffiti artist since 1993 currently living in Venice. He is a member of the EAD crew (Padova, Italy), FX and RWK crews (New York City) and has participated, over the years, in jams, festivals and art shows all over the world. His work explores the potential of sculptural lettering and anamorphism, both in painting and in sculpture.
Due to his turn towards anamorphic painting, Peeta chooses to transform also his traditional shapes in order to let them interplay with standard modules of architectonic structures, often changing them from irregular and smooth to geometrical solids.