Iena Cruz: Gasolio
Iena Cruz: Gasolio
Iena's piece is acrylic paint on a 12 inch by 12 inch wood panel canvas.
Federico “Iena Cruz” Massa was born in Milan, Italy in 1981. In 2006, he graduated with a degree in Set Design from The Academy of Fine Arts, Brera.
He is now a globally recognized muralist, contemporary artist and set designer. In the streets of Brooklyn’s rapidly changing Bushwick and Williamsburg neighborhoods, the public can see many of the large scale, colorful, technically layered murals that Massa is known for internationally. Animals are often featured and represent his strong beliefs in conservation. A Latin aesthetic inspires many works, evolving from an interest in the culture, food and art of Mexico. He credits his first Brooklyn roommates with this development, a group of highly accomplished Mexican artists and filmmakers who gave him a place in their transplanted New York community.
He has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions, distinguished projects and brand collaborations. In 2011, along with esteemed designers from Ferrari and Swarovski, he was selected to create a custom elephant installation for Elephant Parade Milan, a global arts exhibition to benefit the Asian Elephant Foundation. The elephants were later auctioned by Christie’s auction house. Other large-scale works have included the annual Bloop festival in Ibiza, Spain, in 2013 and the 2015 Audubon Mural Project, which garnered front-page notice in The New York Times. Notable among his brand collaborations was his commission to custom design 60 limited edition, handbags for luxury label Marc Jacobs for Paris Fashion Week. The bags quickly sold out at Paris’ historic Printemps department store.
In 2016 Massa created a large canvas for a group show he proposed to the Rockaway Artist Alliance, at the National Gateway Park, Fort Tilden, New York. The exhibition is in collaboration with MoMA PS1 and is part of an official celebration for the United States government’s National Parks Service centennial birthday.