BTOY

Andrea Michaelsson is a multi-faceted artist better known by her street artist name, Btoy. She was born in 1977 in Barcelona, Spain. She studied law for four years before realizing it was not the career she wanted, and began to study photography. Her artistic education primarily was achieved during a three year period at the Institute of the Photographic Studies of Barcelona. Btoy began to paint in 2001 in the streets as opposed to any art studios. She had friends on the streets and these friends helped collaborate paintings of different styles together with her. Barcelona was a hotspot for artists, and street artists from Sweden, France, England, and many other cities soon followed. Step by step, Btoy developed her style. In 2008 she has been invited by Banksy in the Cans Festival in London, along with fifty of the best stencil artists in the world. After the great success in 2011 of the first Italian exhibition at Traffic Gallery, Btoy back to Bergamo in 2013, boasting recent and important participations in museum exhibitions like the show White Wall at the Beirut Art Center (2012), the publication of first monographic catalog raisonné Btoy – the Passionaria du street art by Thierry Froger (2012), the Portrait of Sakineh Ashtiani – Intervention against Death Penalty in collaboration with Amnesty International (Barcelona, 2012), the invitation from the Bundeskunsthalle of Bonn for the big show Being Cleopatra – the eternal diva for which the Spanish artist also created the portrait-poster of the event (2013). During 2014 we remember the partecipations to the big shows like La dimensión poco conocida : Pioneras del cine at Museu del Cinema de Girona (Spain, 2014), La Tour Paris 13 (Paris), Djerbahood (Tunisia)…Btoy’s work is exhibited in galleries around the world.

Btoy’s works are mostly based on old photographs of prominent women, most of these women are female icons from the 1920’s-1950’s.

She uses various techniques including; acrylic painting, spray painting, stencil making, and others. This variation of techniques led Btoy to create sensational stencil pieces. Admirable and desirable, each stencil is able to take us back in time to an iconic moment. The images appear to the viewer so dreamy, mysterious, melancholic. That’s why she prefers to place her street art and posters in textured, rusty, old places wanting to to stop the time for a short moment, to invite the viewer to a dialogue with her work, to think on the fates of her figures and to remind their own volatilized dreams.