Manuel Di Rita alias Peeta is a graffiti artist since 1993 living in Venice. He is a member of the EAD crew (Padova, Italy) and the crews FX and RWK (New York City).
In his work, Peeta strives to achieve the sculptural quality of the individual letters, namely those bearing his own name Peeta. He separates them from their generic typographic form, stylizing them with a form and volume that goes beyond its mere semantic function.
In this way, his lettering is introduced into the fluidity of the urban, where words are continually broken from their own history, readapted to the idiom and gestures learned in the street. The end result of the fusion between traditional lettering and the three-dimensional style has given life to a unique type of visual rhythm, created by the intersecting lines between the sections of conical, cylindrical and tortuous surfaces.
The role of sculpture comes to be essential to this end. For Peeta, it represents a direct contact with three-dimensionality in order to understand the rules of light and shadow and to reproduce them.
The mastery of geometrical anamorphosis
Despite the depth of the search for technical and formal perfection, the materiality of three-dimensional painting hides a profoundly spiritual side. Colour nuances and tricks of the trade are essentially the means of a progressive revelation of his personality. They are the implicit intermediary of a precise message of his will to understand himself and then to describe his ego. The choice to represent and reiterate one’s own name is already an attempt at self-portraiture.
Peeta EAD’s works aim to reveal the deceptive nature of human perception, the fallacy of narrow and fixed points of view through visual artifices which, starting from the attempt to confer a three-dimensional semblance to a pictorial representation, finally reveal their will to deceive.