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Blub is a street artist from Florence, who in recent years, has been gaining more and more notoriety thanks to his Paste-Up artworks from the series “L’Arte Sa Nuotare” which represent some of the best-known works of art submerged in water.

BLUB means art that can swim. It’s about two ways one can live life, like heroes with love or life or we can choose to be blocked by fear. A true life artist chooses to take the crisis as an opportunity to push our limits while being confident in the future and our potential. So even though it seems like we’re all underwater, it’s time to learn how to swim!

Renaissance art in Florence is still going strong. Using the icons of the past with diving masks, Blub’s genius idea and skilful painting mix the past with the contemporary world. It is not necessary to deny the past to look at the present but rather to acknowledge it. “

“Although we may find ourselves in a sea of difficulties, in life we always have the resources to learn to swim. Art is one such resource. Water is my element. Life is born from water, it is the hidden side of matter. When you are immersed, the moment stops and there is no weight, while thoughts flow in a suspended dimension. For this reason, I repropose the characters who have transmitted an example of greatness capable of surviving even today, right under the water, timeless”.
- Blub

Blub started its activity in the autumn of 2013 in Cadaqués, in Catalonia, in the fishing village particularly loved by Salvador Dalì; in November of the same year, you paid homage to the Florentine district of San Niccolò on the occasion of the anniversary of the flood.

Venice, Rome, Ravenna, Lucca, Pisa, Mantua, but also Barcelona, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Lisbon and even Rio de Janeiro were the stages of his creative journey, which had an international echo testified by the dedicated cover, from Vanity Fair in 2017, to this particular street art experience.


from 11 April to 11 May 2024

Reims Opera

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Reims-Florence twinning, the Association of Italians in Reims and the City of Reims organized, among many initiatives, the exhibition Blublartesanuotare. For the Tuscan artist it is a great honor to represent Italy during these celebrations and he will present an exhibition in which he will pay homage to great Italian and French historical figures, renewing the bond that profoundly unites the two cultures.

The exhibition, curated by Carla Bru and Maria Paternostro and the Italian Association of Reims, presents some original works created ad hoc, such as an underwater portrait of Napoleon, there will also be subjects that refer to the history of art, from the Mona Lisa to The Birth of Venus, to cinema like E.T. and Spielberg, to current events such as the Allegory of Peace.

The exhibition will also be enriched by a real urban treasure hunt in the historic center of Reims in which citizens will be able to have fun finding Blub’s works around their city.

from 11 April to 11 May 2024

Reims Opera

Rue de Vesle, 1 Reims

Vernissage: Thursday 11 April at 6pm


PREVIOUS Exhibitions


Parla con i muri – Le Murate – Firenze (2017)

Blub – Galleria Uovo alla Pop – Livorno (2018)

Blub a Pistoia – Lo Spazio di via dello Spizio – Pistoia (2018) 

L’arte sa nuotare – Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli (2019) 

Blub L’arte sa nuotare – Museo Civico di Bari (2022) 

Alla ricerca di Blub – Pinacoteca di Città di Castello (2023)



Clet & Friends – The Cappeleschi Gallery – Knokke Heist Belgio  (2014)

Me & Sea – Messina (2015)

Fuori dalle macerie – Santa Verdiana – Firenze (2016)

Parla con i muri #queer – Cinema La Compagnia – Firenze (2016)

Unity Wanted – Street Levels Gallery-  Firenze (2016)

Street Art – Villa San Michele – Fiesole (2017)

Geniale! Gli invasori dell’arte – MOCA – Montecatini (2018)

Into the Water – Casalbuttano  (2018)

Urban City Art – Pinacoteca Civica – Follonica  (2019)

Leonardo Vive – Museo Ideale Leonardo da Vinci – Vinci  (2019)

Leonardo & Monnalisa – Ex Convento Leopoldine – Firenze (2019)

Leonardo 500 – Villa La Versiliana – Marina di Pietrasanta (2019)

Veni Vidi Vinci  – Fluctuart Centre d’art urbain – Parigi (2019)

Sous lr Street Art, le Louvre – Galleria Artrust – Lugano (2020)

Nature has Nature – Galleria Uovo alla Pop – Livorno (2020)

Andy Warhol e la New Pop – Villa Bertelli – Forte dei Marmi (2022)

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