Born and raised in Milan, where she graduated in Architecture, Caterina Crepax has dedicated the last 20 years to her artistic career to paper and to the conservation of the artistic heritage of her father: Guido Crepax, the famous cartoonist who created the character of Valentina in 1965. Caterina has collaborated with renowned designers such as Alessandro Mendini or Roberto Cavalli, with whom she organized a number of important exhibitions and shows. She is also a lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture, Fine Arts and Design of Milan.
ARTWORK STYLE & PHILOSOPHY
The elements upon which the unique creations of Caterina Crepax are based are simply white paper and meticulously studied light shows, designed to dramatically improve the stage presence of her sculpted clothes. Her relationship with card has been kept intact by an unbreakable thread, starting from her childhood and leading up to her status as an established contemporary artist today. With her focus on recycling, shredded documents, perforated edges of printouts or typography leftovers, Caterina can turn anything into precious "tissues", and subsequently into sumptuous clothes. Cuts, folds, pleats, puffs, and inlays give life to magical creatures: paper armors, fragile yet aggressive.
Her sculpted dresses often take inspiration from nature, architectural elements (curved lines, as in Oscar Niemeyer’s or Zaha Hadid’s projects), or even the old and precious style of Art Nouveau: as the "empty chrysalis of an organism holding its memory".