Maria Bruno (1966 – 2016) aka Sisterflash, approached the world of street art in the second half of the Eighties. Pioneering years in Italy, especially for a woman. “At that time I started working as a professor at the European Institute of Design – says Assi-One, one of the first to bring street art to Turin -. There I “contaminated” Sister Flash, Bostik, Cipolla and many others ». Poprio in those years when street art was in its experimental stages, Sister Flash was among the first women, in Turin and Italy, to use stencils on the streets. Strong colors, hypnotic works with a unique depth. In the new millennium, like many artists, he transferred his work from the wall to the canvas, without ever leaving the street. His “dotted” works are typical, composed of chromatic grids with bright colors, at times acidic. Perhaps the result of the contamination of what has been one of his other passions: music. The underground one, which emerged from the rave scene. In fact, around the mid-nineties he was one of the founders of the Acid Drop sound system, oriented to hardcore, industrial and acid sounds, very active for fifteen years on a national level. This is how Davide Loritano, of the Square23 Gallery, remembers her, who shared a twenty-year journey with Maria: “If I close my eyes I remember those endless festoons in which he always left his mark, with plays of lights, smoke, rays, Maria knew how to create fantastic drops ». And those two passions have often been intertwined, for example in the works created on the walls of Studio 2, a place that marked the history of the Turin nights from 1987 to 1993.
Exhibitions, walls not only in Turin – in Rome she was commissioned to install an installation on the facade of a church -, exhibitions on stencils, but also other forms of art. For a long time Maria has been an active member of the Share digital art festival. She passed through the Circolo Amantes, on the occasion of the various editions of “Across rewriting”, took part in the collective “Zoofanie” at the Oblom Gallery, exhibited at the GaloArtGallery. And then there are scattered signs of his passage around the city. His unmistakable graphics emerge from a collective mural created in via Luini in 2013, to support the “Smiles of African Mothers” campaign by. A “dotted” bench in front of the Auchan in Corso Romania, built in. An intervention on the Wall of Fame in via Braccini; a wall at the MAU – Museum of Urban Art, in the Campidoglio area; a wall at the Bunker. There also remains “Punti e Basta”, an artist’s book that tells about 12 years of Sister Flash’s works: “The large surface that extends under the eyes is but a fragment” writes Francesco Bernardelli, suggesting that the work continues in an elsewhere not visible, but imaginable. It is that elsewhere that remains today for all of Maria Bruno’s friends.