Joe Iurato is a multidisciplinary artist whose works are built on a foundation of stencils and aerosol. Iruato creates street art, murals and installations. He’s more recently become noted for the unique placement and photography of miniature painted wood cutouts in public spaces. Utilizing the outdoor environment to create site-specific installations
Inspired by various stages of his life, from skateboarding to breakdancing and rock climbing to the experiences of fatherhood, New Jersey-based artist Joe Iurato creates tiny wooden figures and sets them loose in public places. The daring little people dangle from bridges, swing from street signs, and often create their own “art” in the form of painted slogans left of sidewalks and curbs.
Iruato creates works which are relevant to place and time. Wherever he is exhibiting he also goes onto the streets and sites works for others to find. Due to the artist's background the spaces he chooses are very relevant, a skateboarder looks at a flight of steps, a bench or a wall differently from a pedestrian seeing an opportunity, Iruato's work is similar seeing another layer of meaning to a public space.
Like the artist Slinkachu, I really like how Iruato leaves art out in the community to be discovered. The characters he creates are engaging and fun, but most of all they tell stories about human experiences, stories of love, friendship and growing up never get old, especially when told by adorable cartoon-like characters.