“Angel” by Žilda in San Giovanni in Porta, Naples


The decadent beauty of Naples, with its port, the roofs over the Gulf, the narrow alleys and the abandoned churchs are the ideal background for the street art by Žilda. Coming from France, Žilda is also known as “The Banksy of Rennes” for the use of stencil that, not covering irreverent messages, wants to create beautiful and illusory figures.

Consequently, his world is inhabited by angels, characters from the Greek and Latin mythology, Celtic legends, Bible and episodes from the novels of the 19th century. The style is inspired by Symbolism and Pre-Raphaelite paintings of Murillo, Correggio, Prud’hon, Bourguereau, Füssli and more. In this way, Žilda reveals his real interest connected to the power of evocation, dealing with themes such as solitude, melancholy, grief and folly, he gives shapes to passion and agony.

With this intention, Žilda focuses its work on the contrasts: light and shade, exuberance and misery, sacred and profane which is in the same nature of Neapolitan culture. All things considered, the stencils by Žilda are bodies of paper with a intense visual impact able to transform the street into a scenography. In this space, allegorical and sensual figures physically claim the space to show a different image of the city. In fact, as we see in this paste-up made in San Giovanni in Porta, a courtly angel with a Renaissance aura inspired by the same subject of Abbott Handerson Thayer, Naples becomes the frame of an ephemeral, emblematic and, at the same time, powerful stage.


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