I used to be very uncomfortable calling myself an artist, because I thought it was qualitative, not just a generic title.
– John Baldessari*
I fully agree with his words. And, especially nowadays, I feel that the word Art and Artist have been overused and abused.
Because my works are always the result of a logical and rational process, and to avoid further confusion, I prefer to use the title designer for now.
SerraGlia [ˈsɛʀɑ jɑː].
Born 1979, Pesaro (Italy).
Lives and works in Helsinki, Finland (2009 to the present).
SerraGlia is the alias of Italian architect and visual
artist* designer Lorenzo Servi (born 1979).
Through painting graffiti, SerraGlia first discovered cities and their untapped visual environment. Having finished a master’s in architecture (2008, University of Florence), he focused his interest on the intersection of photography, visual arts and communication. In 2010 he founded LUMART, an architectural visualization studio based in Helsinki.
Parallel to his commissioned works, SerraGlia is constantly researching and analyzing issues in everyday life and built environments, then using them as the basis for creating self-initiated projects documented through photography, video and publications.
Inspired by the ‘readymade’ and situationist movements, the core of his work is in transforming the banal into the extraordinary and the unseen into things to admire. His photo-based and publications projects sit between the domains of reality and fiction.
Using art as a medium for conveying ideas and questioning the meaning of art itself, SerraGlia aims to shake the viewer’s gaze from its everyday fog: to make people wonder, to inspire them to search for meanings and to show alternative points of view of our ‘reality’.
As part of his artistic practice, he is interested in how to make contemporary art more accessible to everyone. This led him to found the Imagined Museum of Contemporary Art, publishing the book “Art Is Everywhere” (BIS Publishers) and holding workshops in schools and museums.
Since 2017, he have used books as the principal format of his work. Other Editions is his place where to explore and experiment with the format of the book.
His works have been a part of several solo and group exhibitions in Finland and abroad, among others in The Finnish Museum of Photography and Galleria Heino.
Humor and art
MUU artists’ association, Finland
The Union of Artist Photographers, Finland
Grafia – Association of Visual Communication Designers in Finland
Ornamo – The Finnish Association of Designers
Kone Foundation, artistic/publishing research (2023–2024)
Grafia, grant for book productions (2022)
VISEK, Centre for the Promotion of Visual Art (2017)
TAIKE, The Arts Promotion Centre Finland (2017)
Frizzifrizzi (In Italian)
Introduction @ West Carrollton High School, Ohio
PIG Magazine N. 34 (interview in Italian)