A few days ago we came across a viral video on Facebook, in which an artist uses Rubik’s Cubes to depict celebrities on special portraits. Needless to say, our jaws dropped, so we decided to contact Giovanni Contardi and find out more about his passion. 🙂
Giovanni Contardi is a 24-year-old visual artist and pioneer of the worldwide Rubik’s Cube art movement. His work is inspired and influenced by icons of pop culture, street art, and music, and is made to be shared, to spark conversation, and to encourage others to push the boundaries of personal creativity and expression.
Giovanni was first introduced to the Rubik’s Cube at the age of 14 when a friend taught him to solve the iconic 80’s puzzle.
He knows the story of the world-famous Rubik’s Cube very well, and has actually met Ernő Rubik during the European Championship in Budapest in 2010.
Encouraged by his achievements in competitive speedcubing (European and World Records), Giovanni started experimenting by merging his Cube skills with his innate passion for artistic expression.
The result is something very unique, bold, and impactful.
Using at least 700 custom Cubes per piece, calibrated one pixel at a time to achieve just the right level of contrast, light, and definition, Giovanni has perfected his proprietary method of creating powerful, graphic images by hand.
He has even been called “the Chuck Close of Rubik’s Cube art.”
He shares his work on Instagram (@jvenb) and is honoured to be creating custom, commissioned pieces for iconic brands and collectors. He recently partnered with Premier League to design a Cube portrait of Liverpool’s manager, Jürgen Klopp, to be featured in a future film and pre-match television spot.
Giovanni plans to have different artwork pieces hanging in different countries around the world, and collaborate with other creators of all kind during this project.
We wish the best of luck to him!
Featured image: Giovanni Contardi
Source: Daily News Hungary