STEN LEX


Sten (Rome, 1982) and Lex (Taranto, 1982) are among the most internationally renowned street artists in the world. The Italian duo has developed an unique technique, the halftone stencil, which allows them to create poetic and powerful pieces influenced by op-art. Sten and Lex first met at the end of medical studies in Rome, while taking a radiology course together. They were profoundly inspired by the material potential of x-ray film, and it was during class that they first began to cut out the skeletal forms, a process which foreshadowed their current practice.

Sten and Lex’s artistic careers began in 2001, when they produced their first figurative pieces, mainly portraits. Experimenting with the style and technique, Sten Lex developed a collection of silhouettes created from free hand cut outs drawn on paper and contained in glass, working with the idea of a “shadow-stencil”, the projection of an organic image, altered by the changing light. Their works on wood incorporates the evidence of the technique, the strips of paper that were previously discarded, now hang as part of the final work giving it an indisputable aesthetic element. The duo has revolutionized the technique by changing the status of the stencil from static to dynamic.

Sten Lex has exhibited in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Oaxaca (MX), the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome (IT), the Caradente Museum in Spoleto (IT), the Centre de la Gravure et de l’Impage imprimée (BE), the Street Art Museum in Saint Petersburg (RU) and La Condition Publique in Roubaix (FR). 

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Solo exhibitions

2016 | Sten Lex | Leona Gallery, Austin, Texas, USA

2015 | Paesaggi Industriali | Celaya Brothers Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico

2015 | Matrici Distrutte | Wunderkammern Gallery, Rome, Italy

2013 | Sten Lex solo show | Magda Danysz Gallery, Shanghai, China

2012 | Sten Lex Solo Show | Magda Danysz Gallery, Paris, France

2012 | Street art par Sten Lex | Centre de la Gravure et de l’Impage imprimée, La Louvière, Belgium

2010 | Sten Lex | Co2 Gallery, Rome, Italy

2010 | Danah | Carandente Museum, Spoleto, Italy

2010 | Sten Lex | Galerie Itinerrance, Paris, France

Group exhibitions

2017 | Brighter days are coming | Street Art Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia

2017 | Cross the Street | Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma, Italy

2017 | CrossRoad#3 | Doppelgaenger Gallery, Bari, Italy

2017 | Street Generation(s). 40 ans d’art urbain | La Condition Publique, Roubaix, France

2015 | Sleeping Beauty | Magda Danysz Gallery, Paris, France

2015 | CUATRO IGUAL A UNO | Celaya Brothers Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico

2015 | Bienal de Arte Urbano | Volklingen, Germany

2014 | Fresh Flaneurs | Doppelgaenger Gallery, Bari, Italy

2014 | Street Art Um Panorama Urbano | Caixa Cultural Sao Paulo, Brasília, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

2014 | Insight | Magda Danysz Gallery, Shanghai, China

2014 | From Street to Art | La Galleria. Italian Cultural Institute, New York, USA

2013 | Les Bains Residence | Magda Danysz Gallery, Paris, France

2013 | Choices | Magda Danysz Gallery, Shanghai, China

2013 | Hecho en Oaxaca | Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca, Mexico

2013 | Urban Arena | Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma, Italy

2013 | While we were away | 941 Geary Gallery, San Francisco, USA

2012 | Urban Arena #1 | Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma, Italy

2011 | Walk this way | Museum of Art in Public Spaces, Koge, Denmark

2011 | Bienal Giovani Monza | Monza, Italy

2009 | The power of portrait | Ink_d Gallery, Brighton, UK

Festivals (selection)

2016 | Re-Visioni #4, Rome, Italy

2016 | FestiWall, Ragusa, Italy

2016 | Bukruk Festival, Bangkok, Thailand

2015 | Altrove Festival, Catanzaro, Italy

2015 | Project Locomotiva, Porto, Portugal

2013 | Outdoor Festival, Rome, Italy

2013 | CityLeaks Festival, Cologne, Germany

2013 | Katowice Street Art Festival, Piekary, Poland

2013 | Cheap Festival, Bologna, Italy

2012 | Living Walls Festival, Atlanta, USA

2012 | Wallscapes, La Louviere, Belgium

2012 | Outer Spaces, Poznan, Poland

2012 | Open Walls Festival, Baltimore, USA

2011 | Attack Festival, Foligno, Italy

2010 | Nuart Festival, Stavanger, Norway

2008 | Cans Festival London, UK

2008 | Nuart Festival, Stavanger, Norway

Other projects (selection)

2017 | Piazza Joseph Beuys, Gibellina, Italia

2016 | Triscele Project, Sicilia, Italia

2016 | Paesaggio Urbano VIII | Stazione Ostiense, Roma, Italia

2016 | Varco | curated by Peppe Zummo and Società X Azione, Gibellina, Italy

2016 | Accordion | Seahol Power Plant, Austin, Texas, USA

2015 | Nevicata | subway Nueva Numancia, Madrid, Spain

2015 | Montagne | Liceo Bafile, L’Aquila, Italy

2015 | Paesaggio Urbano V | Arezzo, Italia

2015 | Via Baracca, Rome, Italy

2014 | Fire Works | Gdynia, Poland

2014 | Foro Italico, Arazzo, Italy

2014 | Vulcano / The Fire Mountain | Shanghai, China

2013 | Palazzo Dell’Economia, Bari, Italy

2013 | Salone del Libro, Torino, Italy

2013 | Via Caffaro, Garbatella, Roma

2012 | The Church | Convent of Mentana, Italy

2012 | Rue de Betagne, Paris, France

2012 | Belleville, Paris, France

2012 | Brancaleone | Rome, Italy

2012 | Colosseum | Rome, Italy

2012 | Sala Vittorio Arriogoni, Ex Cinema Palazzo, Rome, Italy

2011 | Draw the line | Associazione Malatesta, Campobasso, Italy

2011 | Alberto, Stencil Poster | Via Delle Conce, Rome, Italy

2011 | Space Metropoliz, Via Prenestina, Rome, Italy

2011 | Ex Porn Cinema Volturno, Rome, Italy

2010 | Via Reggio Emilia, Rome, Italy

2010 | Alfred |  Rome, Italy

2008 | Lucamaleonte | Via Nuord, Rome, Italy

2007 | Sale docks | Venice, Italy

2006 | Lex | Via Merulana, Rome, Italy

2006 | Embrace | Picneto, Italy

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