Rounding out our week of Italian street artists and muralists, we see the newest by Davide DPA at the Pulpa Festival 2022 in Montesilvano. A city of the province of Pescara in the Abruzzo region of Italy, Montesilvano has hosted this mural festival for only two years. Still, already the lineup of artists has distinguished itself.
Davide DPA, a self-described street poet, has been writing on the street, literally for a dozen years, beginning with chalk texts on the pavement. His writing style is a calligraffiti style that may call to mind those found in Middle Eastern works like those of the Tunisian El Seed, or LA’s Retna, the French Duo Monkeybird, or the Mexican Said Dokins.
He’s also wheat-pasted more straightforward poetry texts on walls, painted wall murals, done hand lettering on rolldown gates, and painted large portraits on parking lots best visible from a plane. Here at Pulpa he brings “Bekala” whose very skin looks like layers of calligraphy in flesh tones.