Italian artist Francesco Camillo Giorgino, known under the name MILLO, is an adept of large (and superlarge) murals. The black and white of his poetic and childlike compositions contrast with highlights in strong colours, making his style one of the most recognizable, through intersecting lines that incorporate architectural elements. His creative universe is populated by oversized people placed in the urban space. Somewhere between surrealism and terrifying verities, his poetry reflects realities that are much less tender than his characters. With a sweet aesthetic and a very singular universe, MILLO sets his giant characters above a maze of geometric and cold cities to create a startling contrast. A superb homage to urban life and humanity. MILLO always draws on local culture for inspiration, the specificities and characteristics of the city or the neighbourhood which welcome his murals. While he has painted in a great many countries on all continents, this mural painted for MU was the first he created in Canada.
The plateau Mont-Royal is recognized as one of the most vibrant, dynamic and creative neighborhoods in Montreal. This is particularly true in regards to urban art, as seen in the abundance of sanctioned and unsanctioned murals throughout the neighbourhood. MU welcomed one of the biggest names in international mural art to create a mural on a high-visibility wall on avenue Mont-Royal, thus fostering the continued enrichment of the area’s urban art legacy.
The mural, entitled Art Libre – Free Art, was created by the Italian artist Millo. It represents a number of local references and reminds us with subtle irony, the essential role played by art and culture in the lives of Montrealers.
This project was funded under the Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal, by the City of Montreal and the Ministère de la Culture et Communications Québec.