Life and career

Blub – Portrait of Lunia Czechowska


Blub, a mysterious Florentine street artist, is present with his works in many cities, even Livorno. With his artistic operation he sends a message: “art can swim”. He put underwater, with mask and snorkel, famous icons such as such as historical figures and above all characters related to art. Among the most famous, Garibaldi, Dante, the Venus of Botticelli and the Girl with a pearl earring of Vermeer. His aim is to show, in a funny and poetic way, how art is able to resist and adapt itself to the passing time. Art learns to swim, seeks new horizons and prospectives.

In Livorno he arrive thanks to the Open Wall Festival, organized by Uovo alla Pop Gallery and left some works starring the women of Amedeo Modigliani. Here is the Portrait of Lunia Czechowska, portrayed several times by the artist. She and Modigliani was friend. She tell in her memories about the first time she was depicted by Modigliani. She recalls that he spoke to himself in Italian and she knew after that he was actually reciting entire pieces of the Divina Commedia by heart.

Her words give us a beautiful portrait of the great artist, beyond the usual legend of the damned artist “We walked tirelessly through Paris. Modì was a lovely man, of large culture and kind manners; he was, above all, a brilliant talker, a man-child, rarely serious, except when he spoke of his Italy, who really loves. It is true that he drank, but without excess, as it was too often repeated.” (from Guastalla Centro Arte)