FIFTY24SF Gallery, in association with Upper Playground, is pleased to present a solo
exhibition by Italian street muralist and fine artist, Erica il Cane, entitled, We Were Living
in the Woods. The exhibition will be the second solo show that Erica has held in the United
As a major contributor to an increasingly progressive and elaborate street art and mural
movement occurring in Europe over the past 5 years, Erica il Cane (translating to “Eric
the Dog”) gained international recognition for his anthropomorphic building-sized animal
murals throughout Italy and the continent. With fellow contemporaries Blu, Sam3, Escif,
and San, Erica’s large-scale murals have been viewed as fine art done within the public’s
view. We Were Living in the Woods will feature works on paper and on-site installations.
Born and studied in Bologna, Italy, Erica’s evolution to gallery work has seen depictions of
animals in unique, human situations rendered in Victorian-like style illustrations, etchings,
and short animated films. The art is often described as imagery from a dark fairy tale,
in which animals are shown within the darkness of human nature, focusing on themes
of alienation, satire, existentialism. Both gallery and mural work has also been hailed as
influential works advocating vegetarianism and animal rights.
Erica il Cane has shown throughout Europe, including Lazarides Gallery, Banksy’s Santa’s
Ghetto, the Fame Festival, and gallery shows in Milan, Rome, London, and Barcelona. He has
also shown in Los Angeles and Chicago.
We Were Living in the Woods
will run from November 11th – December 30th, with an
opening reception on Thursday, November 11th, from 7:30PM – 10:00PM.