Federico Clapis (born 4 April 1987, Milan) is an Italian artist, sculptor and performer.
He became famous in his country thanks to a unique strategy to promote his paintings.
For five years he worked “undercover”, producing viral video comedies, accumulating millions of fans and views.
In September 2015, at the peak of his success, after writing and starring in a movie film, he announced his retirement from the entertainment world and transformed his online presence into a powerful instrument to propagate and promote his canvas art works that had previously been hidden.
He revealed his true nature and the digital public responded with even greater favor, making him one of the most influential artists on social networks to date.
“Actor on Canvas” is the name of his famous series, in which his accumulation techniques harness the most advanced 3D scanning and printing technologies, allowing him to represent himself in 360 degrees within his own paintings and become the interpreter of those characteristically poetic, minimal images.
From accumulations to sculptures and video art, he expresses himself openly and unequivocally and has declared the world of art as his only possible home.
In September 2015, he exhibited at the Vernon gallery in Munich.
In December of the same year he made his debut in Milan at the Nati in Cattività exhibition and received the Pythagoras award from the world-renowned museum in Crotone that bears the same name.
Recommended by Corriere Della Sera in 2016 as one of the 200 artists to invest in, on January 26 he exhibited alongside Francis Bacon at the presentation of Works on paper by Francis Bacon.
In November 2017, he created several wall installations inside the City of God, one of the most talked about Favelas in Rio De Janeiro for the WordSaveWorld art and social redevelopment project.