Daniele Tozzi is an Italian lettering artist whose work derives from the field of graphic design and graffiti. Born in Rome in 1981, Tozzi came in contact with the underground culture in the second half of the 90s, when he started writing graffiti. After high school, he graduated in Digital Design on European Design Institute (IED) in the capital of Italy and began to work as a graphic designer for different brands both as freelance and agencies.
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Co-founder at FuoriStudio, creative design Lab based in Rome.
The core of Tozzi's highly refined and personalized body of work is lettering, a visual art related to writing, his newly discovered love for lettering made the young artist engage in studying of diverse techniques and tools, until he found his own style of letters.
Over the years, Tozzi began to paint paper with acrylic paint and colored ink by using an old technique that fuse lettering and design: the calligram. Tozzi's artwork created by the words are formed or supported by different fonts and writings, not infrequently referencing graffiti. One of the biggest inspiration of the artist is music, so many of his artworks are made by words and quotes taken from music background of the artist cleverly arranged into shapes that became objects or silhouettes.
The lettering Daniele Tozzi employs in his artistic practice is a permanently changing experiment filled with typography, famous slogans or songs, mottos, or important notes from the cultural heritage or beliefs of the artist.
Fendi - Jeckerson - Mercedes-Benz - Ceramiche Ragno - Marazzi Group - Nastro Azzurro - Birra del Borgo - Chesterfield - Poste Italiane - Casio G-Shock - Fondazione teatro dell'opera di Bologna - IED Roma - Regione Lazio
If you want to buy canvases and art pieces I'm represented in Rome by Galleria Varsi, in Bologna by Galleria Portanova12.
2010 - Eclettica festival, collettiva, Roma
2011 - "Starts", collettiva presso Bras café, Palazzo Braschi Roma
2012 - "Calligrammi 2.0" personale, presso Ass. Cult. 30 Formiche, Roma
2013 - "Words into shapes" personale, presso spazio espositivo "Al cubo", Roma
2013 - "Words into shapes" personale, Festival Caffeina, Viterbo
2014 - "Indoor/Outdoor" collettiva, presso Centro Espositivo San Michele, Pisa
2014 - "Wordplay" personale, presso la Galleria Varsi, Roma
2015 - "CTL - Calligraphy, Tipography, Lettering" collettiva, presso Spazio Porpora, Milano
2015 - "CTL - Calligraphy, Tipography, Lettering" collettiva, presso spazio espositivo Bonobolabo, Ravenna
2015 - "CTL - Calligraphy, Tipography, Lettering" collettiva, presso HappyCentro, Verona
2015 - "Sei X Tre", collettiva presso Galleria Varsi, Roma
2016 - "The Shape of Type" personale, Galleria Portanova12, Bologna
2016 - "Io scrivo sui muri" collettiva, presso Museo Crocetti, Roma
2016 - "ID-Dante" collettiva, presso Biblioteca di Storia Contemporanea, Ravenna
2016 - "Bozze di lettere a mano libera", personale - Teatro del Lido di Ostia, Roma
2017 - "Le personali di Graffiti Zero", personale - presso Garage Zero, Roma
2018 - Arte Fiera 42 Bologna, con Fondazione Teatro Comunale di Bologna
2018 - "Sogninfranti" personale, presso Galleria Docks74, Torino
2018 - "Art of Vandalism?" collettiva, Segmenti Urbani, Brescia
2019 - "Carta Straccia", personale presso la galleria Question Mark, Milano
2020 - "Money go round", collettiva presso galleria Rosso 27, Roma
2021 - "Dante Plus 700" , collettiva presso Biblioteca di Storia Contemporanea "Alfredo Oriani" - Ravenna
2021 - "Art makes you fly again" , collettiva presso galleria Rosso 27, Roma
He never considered himself as street artist, even if it happened that art festival and projects involved him to make walls and big productions. Street art is something very linked to graffiti, made in the night time, without any permission, just spontaneous acts that leave messages on the streets, they can be words for the graffiti or visuals for street art. He consider itself a lettering artist, began from the streets and then evolved to paper and ink, and consider walls just like big canvases joining what can be considered the post-graffiti movement.
2014 - "Wordplay", intervista + catalogo. Venexia Editrice (Italia)
2015 - "LETTERING, Drawing Letters" by Carolina Amell, Monsa Editions (Spagna)
2016 - "The shape of type", catalogo della mostra
2016 - "Lettering - Tips for creation", Monsa Editions (Spagna)
2016 - "idDante", catalogo della mostra, Longo Editore
2017 - "Words into shapes - the graphic art of calligram" by Daniele Tozzi, Monsa Editions (Spagna)
2017 - "Scripted", custom lettering in graphic design, Sandu Publishing (Cina)
2018 - Catalogo IED Roma, tra i creativi d'eccellenza che hanno frequentato l'Istituto.
2018 - "Life in Bulgari" numero 14, edited by Memoria Publishing Group
2019 - "Typism book 5", Ed. Finesse Press
2020 - "Typism book 6", Ed. Finesse Press
2020 - "Marchi" Geppi De Liso, edizioni Lupetti
2021 - "FQ Millennium" Magazine, Il Fatto Quotidiano
2021 - "Artisti emergenti su cui investire 2021", Exibart