Michael De Feo: Flowers

book signing | june 2019

Manhattan-based artist De Feo, who has appeared in numerous museums and galleries throughout the world and undertook a range of high-end collaborations, launched the first monograph of his work, Michael De Feo: Flowers.

With an exclusive signing event in Amsterdam, the book reproduces more than 200 colourful and lively flower-inspired images and features commentary from a diverse group of people who have supported De Feo’s often clandestine work.

This compilation celebrates De Feo’s career, starting as an art student in 1993 drawing a simple bloom that became a familiar and welcome presence in New York after he spent countless nights pasting hundreds of versions of it all over the city’s building walls.

Twenty-five years later, these flowers have been sighted in more than 60 international cities. In 2015, his street works took a new direction when a guerrilla art collective provided him access to the cases that protect bus-shelter ads, enabling him to launch a beautiful campaign of his blossoms on top of fashion ads. Since then, his art has taken many forms, including a substantial body of studio work inspired by 17th-century Dutch paintings and another series that married floral themes with Pre-Raphaelite and Victorian portraiture.