Giovanni Contardi is a 24-year-old visual artist and pioneer of the worldwide Rubik’s Cube art movement. Influenced by icons of pop culture, street art, and music, Giovanni creates custom, commissioned pieces for iconic brands and private collectors worldwide.
Giovanni’s work is designed to be shared, to spark conversation, and to encourage others to push the boundaries of personal expression. His growing audience of enthusiastic fans includes The Rock, Casey Neistat, Will Smith, and Kevin Hart.
He is an ambassador for Rubik’s Cube and has partnered with Premier League to design a portrait of Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp (featured in an upcoming film and pre-match television spot); Sony Pictures (in a custom video promoting the Blu-ray release of the Academy-Award- winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse); and a short film featuring his work honouring famed composer Gioachino Rossini in their shared hometown of Pesaro, Italy.
Giovanni was first introduced to the Rubik’s Cube at the age of 14 when a friend taught him to solve the iconic ‘80s puzzle. Motivated by personal challenges, (he is also an accomplished drummer and a Black Belt in Taekwondo), he practiced tirelessly and quickly gained worldwide recognition as a competitive speedcuber.
He has since achieved more than 60 National Speedcube Records in Italy, 9 European Records, and 3 World Records. During his competition years, he held the world record for solving a Rubik’s Cube one-handed in only 9.43 seconds. (Italian Championship, Rome, 2012).
Encouraged by these achievements in competitive speedcubing, Giovanni began merging his Cube skills with his innate passion for artistic expression. The result is something very unique, bold, and eye-catching. Using a minimum of 700 custom cubes per piece, calibrated one pixel at a time to achieve just the right level of contrast, light, and definition, he has perfected his proprietary method of creating powerful, graphic images by hand.
His work has been viewed by millions, whether by word-of-mouth or social media. Giovanni is often called ‘the Chuck Close of Rubik’s Cube art.’
Video link: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse / Miles Morales Rubik’s Cube Art Time-lapse Video link: Creating Rossini's Portrait