Neo-Pop Artist Pete Kirill

Pete Kirill’s practice originated from a series of neo-Pop portraits, anchored by the artificial persona and physical gestures of enigmatic, former North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il. At present, Kirill’s work investigates the fractured relationships between conscience, consumerism and Capitalism: his satirical portraits fuse iconic film and music stars with equally important figures from the hip-hop world. Kirill’s work opens complex possibilities and associations from within and without the fabricated personas of these individuals (such as James Dean, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren and Sean Connery), prompting his audience to reconsider their respective public legacies. They become stars all over again, a double-layer of celebrity varnish.

In The Press

When Pete Kirill, a 42-year-old neo-pop artist, put his last strokes of exterior paint on his massive street mural of Elvis Presley, he joined a legion of artists responsible for turning a forlorn coner of Miami into one of the city’s hottest areas – Wynwood.

The Wall Street Journal. March 10, 2017.

At first blush, brooding, bad boy film icon James Dean and ridiculous ’90s-era rapper and reality TV star Flavor Flav may seem to have little in common. But look through the eyes of artist Pete Kirill, and you’ll notice that themes of rebellion against authority and pop culture influence run concurrently through the careers of both men.

Miami New Times. September 6, 2013.

VIDEO

Unveiling of Thug Life

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The unavailing of Pete Kirill’s painting titled, Thug Life at Electrica Gallery.

Drawing Parallels

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Short film about Pete Kirll’s street art in Miami.