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IllustrationsBlack Oktopus
Brainstorming
Island
Oktopus Tree
Unlikely Friends
Dysney Zombies
Kite Manta
Apocalyppo
Elvis
In Your Hands
The Dark Side of the Rainbow
Wale
Horror Cyrcus
Requiem for a Skywalker
Donald & Mickey
MothBreathe
The G.B.U.
Sloth Wars
The Dusk of Man
Pop Wars
Lady Vengeance
Spidey Rules
Rock'em All
Human Eclipse
Calvariam Naturalis
Pin Kong
Skulls of Rock
Children IllustrationsNovembre / November
Ladhak
Drapunx
Mostro Rosso / Red Monster
Tavola - Guerra di Troia
Tavola - Guerra di Troia
Tavola - Guerra di Troia
Fear of the Dark
Don Chisciotte
PaintingsFake self Portrait
Untitled
The End of the Mouse
Blue
Sp
Murena
Piranha
ComicsBrain World - Copertina
Brain World - Tavola 01
Brain World - Tavola 02
Brain World - Tavola 03
Kishott - Tavola Personaggi
MusicMambo Lambro - Poster
Lobello - Copertina - "Canzoni per la tua ex ragazza"
Dj Skizo + Mirko Miro - Copertina - Storie Metropolitane
Giorgio The Dove Valentino
Premiata Seriografia
ShopSociety6
Threadless
Design by Humans
The work of Milanese artist Nanà Dalla Porta is very much like that of nineteenth-century Franco-Montevidean poet Isidore Ducasse, the self-styled Comte de Lautréamont: whimsical, dark, stylized, slightly unsettling but slightly more wilfully absurd. And, of course, populated by octopods. At the heart of Lautréamont's bestiary is the magnificent mollusc, 'the most beautiful of nature's beasts', with its 'quicksilver form', its 'eight monstrous limbs, each long enough to hug the earth entire', and its 'seraglio of four-hundred suckers'. Our Nanà too was incurably smitten with the species in his youth, when he wrestled the tenacious critters bare-handed off the Sicilian coast.

Indeed, this is how he earned the nickname 'Oktopus'. But there's even more to the comparison. Like Lautréamont again, Nanà is the archetypal precocious pupil. Bored with his staid schoolmasters, he sketches their distorted caricatures in his lesson book. Shall they be vampires today? Grinning skulls? Or marauding Wookies? Such exercises in insouciance have yielded a fantastic portfolio of illustrations for prints, posters, t-shirts, comics, graphic novels and rock-and-roll album sleeves. Across various media and genres, Nanà's hand is recognizable by its intelligence, its dexterity and above all its formidable sense of humour.

-- Georgio Valentino
NANÁ DALLA PORTA
Via Oldrado da Tresseno, 3
20127 Milano

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